Spring 2024 SOWK 322 Class 10 Weekly Email

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I hope that you all have had a wonderful and refreshing spring break.

Unit Introduction and What You Will Learn

Communication is an essential skill for social workers. Learning to communicate effectively and build relationships with persons with many different needs is crucial for all of us. Rothman’s (2018) chapter 11 provides in-depth and practical application for how social workers can optimize communication and relationships with clients with special needs. The following are the learning objectives for week 10.

  • Recognize worker skills that can enhance communication
  • Identify the Communication Bill of Rights
  • Learn to integrate client strengths to improve communication

Unit Assignments


A–01: Asynchronous Participation and Engagement

Students are to make at least three replies across any of the four open forums this week. Remember, the expectation is to read all of the posts. Your responses can include another student’s reply if you contribute something substantial to the discussion. Be sure to post on two separate days to show engagement. The following are the four forums this week:

Unit Resources

A video from the National National Joint Committee for the Communication Needs of Persons With Severe Disabilities (n.d.) titled Principles and Practices for Working With Individuals with Severe Disabilities is assigned watching this week. A couple of the discussion forums ask you to relate the video.

All of the slides used for this class can be found at https://presentations.jacobrcampbell.com. This week’s slides are are at Spring 2024 SOWK 322 Week 10 - Teaching Students to Self-Advocate.

As well, there is a call to read through and consider the Communication bill of Rights, which was published by Brady et al. (2016). In my lecture video, Spring 2024 SOWK 322 - Week 11, I talk about three different papers about this topic. First, McCarthy (2017) provides an example of self-advocacy and youth with disabilities through the example of an encounter with a student. Second, Downing et al. (2007) is a study that helps to identify how to track self-advocacy. Finally, Martin et al. (1993) is an older paper, but it describes what developing a transition plan is and how self-advocacy can fit throughout the K-12 experience for students. I’ve uploaded all of the articles and linked them if you would like to read them. You can find the lecture video recording for this class in the lecture videos link in the sidebar. This week’s video is at Spring 2024 SOWK 322 - Week 11.


Brady, N. C., Bruce, S., Goldman, A., Erickson, K., Mineo, B., Ogletree, B. T., Paul, D., Romski, M. A., Sevcik, R., Siegel, E., Schoonover, J., Snell, M., Sylvester, L., & Wilkinson, K. (2016). Communication services and supports for individuals with severe disabilities: Guidance for assessment and intervention. American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 121(2), 121-138. https://doi.org/10.1352/1944-7558-121.2.121

Downing, J. A., Earles-Vollrath, T., & Schreiner, M. B. (2007). Effective self-advocacy: What students and special educators need to know. Intervention in School and Clinic, 42(5), 300-304. https://doi.org/10.1177/10534512070420050701

Martin, J. E., Huber Marshall, L., & Maxson, L. L. (1993). Transition policy: Infusing self-determination and self-advocacy into transition programs. Career Development for Exceptional Individuals, 16(1), 53-61. https://doi.org/10.1177/088572889301600105

McCarthy, D. (2007). Teaching self-advocacy to students with disabilities. About Campus: Enriching the Student Learning Experience, 12(5), 10-16. https://doi.org/10.1002/abc.225

National Joint Committee for the Communication Needs of Persons With Severe Disabilities (n.d.) NJC video: Principles and practices for working With individuals with severe disabilities. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. https://www.asha.org/njc/njc-video-principles-and-practices-for-working-with-individuals-with-severe-disabilities/

Rothman, J. (2018). Social work practice across disability (2nd ed.). Routledge.

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