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Each year, the TASH Conference brings together a diverse community of stakeholders who gain information, learn about resources, and connect with others across the country to strengthen the disability field. This year’s conference theme, “Be Creative - Innovative Solutions for an Inclusive Life,” reminds us to think outside the box during times of uncertainty. Creativity, innovation, and determination can pave the way for meaningful and inclusive lives for people with disabilities.
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Thursday, November 29 • 2:10pm - 3:00pm
Instructional Strategies for Self-Care in Health Care at School Seating Available

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This presentation addresses curriculum and instruction in self-care during health care at school. Students with significant and multiple disabilities that have specialized health care needs benefit from instruction in self-care to transition to adult life (i.e., adult health care, employment, independent living, and inclusive community participation). Self-care skills have been correlated with improved adult outcomes (Carter, Austin, & Trainor, 2012; Mazzotti, Test, & Mustian, 2014; Prior, McManus, White, & Davidson, 2014). Teaching students how to participate in their health care and advocate for their health care needs at school is also a recommended practice by the American Academy of Pediatricians (2012) and the Council for Exceptional Children, Division of Physical, Health, and Multiple Disabilities (2009). This presentation provides research-based strategies for instruction in self-care in specialized health care procedures and related health self-advocacy skills. As a first step, participants will learn how to identify what skills to teach, including the role of the school nurse and physician(s) in individualized education program (IEP) team planning. As well as, how to develop IEP goals that are coordinated with and reflected in students' individualized health care plans and transition plans. Next, a brief review of the intervention literature on teaching students with disabilities self-care skills in specialized health care procedures and health self-advocacy will be provided (e.g., Bosner & Belfiore, 2001; Tarnowski & Drabman, 1987). The remainder and majority of this presentation will focus on the following instructional strategies: (a) task analysis and chaining; (b) prompting hierarchies, including the use of intrusive prompts to promote safety (i.e., caution and time-limited steps; Heller and Tumlin 2004); and (c) reinforcement. Examples of assistive technology and augmentative and alternative communication will be shown. Additionally, strategies will be provided to promote partial participation in care and health self-advocacy for students with the most significant disabilities. Participants will be encouraged to ask questions, share, and comment during and at the end of the presentation. This presentation aligns with the 2018 theme, "Be Creative - Innovative Solutions for an Inclusive Life" because historically individuals with the most significant disabilities have had their health care done to them without their participation (Lehr, 2016). Students with disabilities should be afforded the right to have personal control over their bodies by learning how to take part in their health care advocate for their health needs as an important part of realizing a meaningful and inclusive life. In order to promote ongoing dialogue among diverse community stakeholders, participants will be invited to join a Facebook page "Inclusion for Individuals Who Have Disabilities and Health Care Needs."


Thursday November 29, 2018 2:10pm - 3:00pm PST
Portland - Lower Level 1401 SW Naito Parkway, Portland, OR 97201

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