Self-Determined Career Paths

Self-determination is essential for employment and independent living.

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The Self-Determined Learning Model of Instruction (SDLMI) was developed by Dr. Michael Wehmeyer and his colleagues. Students who are self-determined are more likely to become employed and live independently. Skills that comprise the core of self-determination competence include:

  • Choice-making
  • Decision-making
  • Problem-solving
  • Goal-setting
  • Risk-taking with safety
  • Self-regulation
  • Self-instruction
  • Self-advocacy
  • Self-awareness
  • Self-knowledge

By focusing on building self-determination competence while providing employment intervention, our highly-trained teachers can help individuals acquire skills, behaviors, and attitudes that are necessary for employment success.

Shrub Oak’s Employment Intervention System is a self-directed process that uses a problem-solving strategy in which students learn to identify and set goals, develop action plans to achieve them, and self-monitor progress. The Self-Determined Learning Model of Instruction has been shown to increase attainment of academic and transition goals and enhance self-determination competence. Moreover, this model has been demonstrated to dramatically improve employment outcomes.

To ensure the program’s success, transition instruction completely customizes and individualizes every student’s plan using continuous progress monitoring with a one-to-one student-teacher/clinician ratio.

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When Shrub Oak students graduate they will have:

  • Created employment portfolios with salient vocational assessment information about their strengths, abilities, and individual characteristics including video snapshots of themselves working at varied worksites.
  • Been active participants in planning their employment intervention.
  • Made informed, self-determined choices in their career planning.