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

Nina Klang, Charity Rowland, Melanie Fried-Oken, Sandra Steiner, Mats Granlund, Margareta Adolfsson

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Abstract

The aim of the study was to explore the contents of communication-related goals in individualized 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 (ICF-CY). 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)41-48
Number of pages8
JournalAAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Volume32
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2 2016

Keywords

  • children
  • Complex communication needs
  • ICF-CY
  • individual educational program
  • intervention goals
  • participation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Speech and Hearing

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