Jul 27, 2021 - 9:00 AM to 12:15 PM
Eilis O'Connell; BCBA, LBA, MA
Elementary, Middle School, High School
Teachers, BCBAa, Speech Pathologists, BCaBAs, LMHCs, Psychologist – Licensed, Psychologists, School Leaders, Level III Teaching Assts., Social Workers
What can you do with students who cannot provide their consent in a situation?
In this session, the presenter will introduce participants to assent, or, the expression of approval and agreement from an individual who may not be able to provide consent. We all, on a regular basis, provide our consent in a variety of situations. However, students with disabilities may not be able to communicate their consent in typical ways. “Assent” is the way that they communicate whether they are willing to participate.
For those who work closely with learners throughout their childhood, assent skills are essential as they develop self-advocacy. This course will explain how our interventions need to be more-person centered, obtaining assent from students who are unable to consent. Participants will learn how to teach and provide students with opportunities that foster self-advocacy skills, and how to foster a different mind-set within professionals working in school environments. “Assent” will be explored, with attention paid to a variety of different ages and learners. Teaching procedures and strategies geared toward increasing self-advocacy and developing strong relationships with students will be presented. This course will support your development of ethical practices that center on the individual and seek to create environments and relationships built out of compassion and respect. “Abelism” will be explained, with discussion of how it can manifest in our practices and helping us to think through ways to intentionally reduce these practices to better support our students.