Steps towards a decision

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Why should you do this exercise?

Here you can get some help to put steps in order on the way to a decision.

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What can be the role of a Peer-Trainer with intellectual disability?

You can run this exercise together with your teacher.

What is the objective of the exercise?

To decide things sometimes can be confusing:
What is the main issue and how many decisions have to be done?
What can be a good order of succession on the way to the decision?

What is the method to be used?

Peer Supporter and trainer work up one after the other the following questions. For learning they use free examples:
1. To understand the problem:
a. What is the decision to be made?
b. What are the things involved in this decision?
c. What is the most important?
d. What should change and be different at the end?

2. With whom you can talk about the problem?
a. To find out what will be the most important or first decision to be made.
b. To hear all important different opinions in the context of the decision.

3. If you now think over precise, using all the information:
What could be a way to the solution?
How would a good decision look like?

4. Can you learn something from others?

5. With whom you should speak before making your decision?

6. If you worked up all the points before you now may make a good decision.

7. When decision is made: Whom you can get to help in realisation?

8. And at this step now you will start the realisation of the decision.

This 8 steps you can train with free examples. For instance you may use as an example: Leaving the parent´s house.
This is the example you also can find in the exercise “To give a lecture” [G07].

9. But: With realisation you are not at the end with the whole process.
If you did translate the decision into action, you will see the changes.
In our example: I do not live any longer with my parents but with a group of my peers.
Now it is very important to compare the evident changes with your wishes of changes from before:

Are you fine?
Is there anybody who is not fine with it?
Or is there something that should be corrected?
Or even: Does your decision at the end appear as more or less wrong?

In this case you should begin the circle again with question no. 1: What is the problem?

Tips for the trainers/additional information

It is quite useful to train this proceeding with peer supporters at first with realistic but fictitious examples.
After that you make examples from reality.
Also mentors may run this exercise, as training for supporting peer supporters in their work.