Promoting Self-Determination in Early Childhood Services

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This toolkit is intended for early childhood care providers who want to learn more about how to promote self-determination skills in early childhood, including early interventionists, developmental specialists, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, behavior analysts, preschool teachers, and anyone else who provides intervention and support to young autistic children and children with developmental disabilities. Click here to access a free PDF of the toolkit.


This toolkit is focused on autism and autistic individuals, but the information shared within can be applicable to all children. Additional strategies and resources can be found for free in the Promoting Self-Determination in Early Childhood Services self-paced online course. Make a free account at, then go to the “Early Childhood Services” folder. If you already have an account, log in here.

To learn more about this toolkit, check out this brief video (2:28) by lead author Alexa Dixon, Ph.D.

This educational resource was created by the VKC’s Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorder (VKC TRIAD) and Vanderbilt Consortium LEND Training Program.

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[June 2021]