Strategy of the Month: Engagement Take-Aways

September 29, 2014 by - 3 Comments

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We’ve been musing about engagement this month. Here are some final lessons we’ve learned along the way.

  • “If you don’t believe in me, you won’t be a successful interventionist.”
  • “Put yourself in my shoes once in awhile. Be aware of how much focus and effort it takes for me to cope with sensory input, breathe, swallow, and move so that you can plan activities at an appropriate level of difficulty.”
  • “Set a top priority for the lesson, and let me focus on that. It’s hard to sustain interest and motivation when you make things challenging on ALL fronts: cognitive, linguistic, motoric. Pick one area in which to challenge me and let’s dive in!”
  • “Make it worth my while to work hard. We all look for rewards and compensations that are proportionate to the effort expended. I’m no different than you in that respect.”
  • “Provide me with age appropriate activities and materials. Although my developmental level may be much younger than my peers, I need to be involved in things that my same-age peers do. My mom might let me watch Thomas the Tank Engine videos, but with you I want to do what other kids do. It’s a new kind of challenge and I’m up for it.”
  • “Respect my fight for dignity. Be the one who stands up for me and I will do my best for you.”


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This post was written by Carole Zangari


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