The Easy-Easier approach to listening to the child’s voice, support children to reach their outcomes, measure their own success, supporting self esteem and positive emotional well being

I am often asked by professionals, “How can we measure the progress of the unique and individual skills of a child with SEND?”

As professionals you contribute to the academic progress of the child by providing assessment, training, curriculum adaptation, direct support, assistive technology and more. But how do you measure the success of your interventions and more importantly, how does the child measure their own progress and success at the same time?

For the child:

Children and young people tend to give you the answer they think you want to hear “I am fine”. But by framing the activity using positive language and by breaking it down into small parts, it can make a significant of difference to enabling them to understand or make better sense of their situation and their progress. Positive Eye has created the ‘Easy-Easier Posting Box™’. This is a positive solution to giving the child ‘a voice,’ but also offers a clear and easy way for them to measure and to be aware of their own success and progress. I have used this box with very positive results with many children. I receive positive feedback from practitioners using it with children on a regular basis. There is no age limit attached to its use. Read what the young people said about using the Easy-Easier Posting Box™.

For the professional:

Once the child has used the Easy-Easier Posting Box™ and identified the aspects they would like to find easier, these become the targets for intervention and the professional can identify and with the child/young person create an action plan and assess the extent of further input required. A simple system of four stages is used from 1 – 4 to do this. The results are plotted on a target map, the dots are joined and a ‘simple picture’ illustrates where the child is at. An equally simple graph enables you to plot the baseline results.

From this point, it allows you to plan and deliver specific interventions to support the child/young person

Progress is then reviewed three times or as often as needed during the year, each time a simple target map illustrates progress and each time another simple graph summarises this. A final graph summarises progress over the year/period of time.

Back to the child…….

In the meantime, as interventions are delivered and progress is made, the child makes a decision when to post their tickets back in the ‘easy’ side of the posting box, a concrete recognition of their own success and progress.  The key is it is the child’s decision when to post the ticket, not when you think they are ready!

You have a simple method of parallel progress measuring, which is embedded within a positive approach and supportive of the child’s positive self esteem and well being.

The system is quick to use, is child centred, gives them a voice and the recording system is quick to complete. It’s simple, powerful and user friendly and puts the child at the heart of the process.

This is an extract from a letter I recently received from a teacher of VI from Scotland
‘I thought you might like to know that we’ve been using the Easy-Easier posting box with a range of children from Primary right through to Secondary age. I just had an Inspection in a school I work in with two children who have visual impairments and the Inspectors really liked the children setting their own targets and identifying their strengths as well as areas for development in a positive way! They also commented that the clear way of showing progress was encouraging for children.’

 

 
To find out about more about the Easy-Easier Posting Box™ visit https://www.positiveeye.co.uk/product/easy-easier-posting-box/

 

 

 

Gwyn McCormack
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