The Bridge School
Self-Determination Program

Self-Determination Model

The Active Model we used from the Steps to Self-Determination curriculum defines the core areas as the following:

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Self-Determination Model

Adapted from "Development of a Model for Self-Determination," by S. Field and A. Hoffman, 1994.

Know Yourself and Your Environment

Students learn to:

  • Dream
  • Know your strengths, weaknesses, needs and preferences
  • Know options, supports and expectations
  • Decide what is important to you

Value Yourself

Students learn to:

  • Accept and value yourself
  • Use weaknesses to find strengths
  • Recognize and respect rights and responsibilities
  • Take care of yourself
  • Develop and nurture positive relationships

Plan

Students learn to:

  • Set goals
  • Plan small steps to meet goals
  • Anticipate results
  • Be creative
  • Visually rehearse

Act

Students learn to:

  • Take risks
  • Communicate
  • Access resources and support
  • Negotiate
  • Deal with conflict and criticism

Experience Outcomes and Learn

Students learn to:

  • Compare outcome to expected outcome
  • Compare performance to expected performance
  • Realize success
  • Make adjustments