Early Childhood - Questions to Consider
Charting the Life Course is a tool, developed by the Supporting Families Community of Practice and the University of Missouri Kansas City, to assist families in creating a vision for the future. It is designed to help families think about the questions to ask as you “plot a course” to a full and meaningful life for a family member with a disability.
Here's a few questions that the "Life Course approach" encourages families to consider, if they have a child with a disability in the early childhood stage.
- Are you keeping a vision in mind for my future as I learn and grow?
- Are you helping me be included with other children in social activities, play dates, and parties?
- Are you giving me opportunities to make choices (between two or three options)?
- Are you taking me to new places and helping me try new things so I can figure out what I like to do?
- What do you do for yourself and my siblings to help balance my needs?
For a full list of questions families can consider for this stage of life, download the Charting the Life Course booklet and other "Life Course materials" at http://www.lifecoursetools.com/.
The questions in Charting the Life Course are written to reflect a “first person” perspective across the lifespan to represent the viewpoint of the person with a disability and the on-going transformation to an adult who is self-determined, autonomous and independent.