My Goals for Success

Authors: Jenna Lequia, Ph.D. & Naomi Brickel, MS Ed.

Self-determination is associated with autonomous and self-regulated behaviors, as well as psychological empowerment (Wehmeyer, Agran, & Hughes, 2000). One way to target self-determination is to teach goal setting and attainment skills through self-management interventions. Self-monitoring and goal setting fall under the umbrella of self-management procedures (Mooney, Ryan, Uhing, Reid, & Epstein, 2005). Opportunities for students to attain goals and student’s goal attainment skills both predict student engagement in their transition meetings (Lehmann, Bassett, Sands, Spencer, & Gliner, 1999). Individualized Education Programs (IEP) offer the perfect opportunity for students to develop self-determination skills through self-monitoring interventions. Furthermore, the earlier that students acquire these skills,the more likely the transition from high school to post-secondary education or employment will be successful (Palmer & Wehmeyer, 2003). This module presents background information related to self-determination in students with disabilities across the lifespan and provides information on a self-monitoring intervention, My Goals for Success, aimed at increasing student goal attainment and self-efficacy.