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The content of goals in individual educational programs for students with complex communication needs

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TitleThe content of goals in individual educational programs for students with complex communication needs
Publication TypeJournal Article
AbstractThe aim of the study was to explore the contents of communication-related goals in individualize education programs (IEPs) for students with complex communication needs. Goals in 43 IEPs were linked to the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health, Children and Youth version (ICFCY). The results show that the communication-related IEP goals contain information on multiple domains of functioning in the ICF-CY. However, judging by the amount of codes linked to ICF-CY chapters, the IEPs contain a relatively small proportion of goals that focus on interaction with others, or participation in classroom and leisure activities. Special education teachers and speech-language pathologists working with students with complex communication needs may need support to formulate communication related IEP goals with a focus on interaction and participation in school activities.
AuthorsKlang, N., Rowland C., Fried-Oken M., Steiner S., Granlund M., and Adolfsson M.
Year of Publication2016
PublicationAugmentative & Alternative Communication
Volume32
Issue1
Pages41-48
ISSN0743-4618 (print) 1477-3848 (online)
Publisher DOIhttp://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.3109/07434618.2015.1134654?journal...
Keywords (MeSH)adolescent, autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, child, communication aids for disabled, communication disorders, education, goals, intellectual disability, needs assessment, speech-language pathology, young adult