ABSTRACT

This conclusion presents some closing thoughts on the key concepts discussed in the preceding chapters of this book. The book was born out of the author’s own experience of parental assumptions about their son’s or daughter’s with SEN ability to make their own decisions. Choices are at the heart of decision-making and have been given extensive consideration throughout the book. Discussions have highlighted that the issues regarding deciding on the choices that are offered are far from straightforward. Education and associated professionals, like parents, will need to reflect on their reasons for offering the particular choices. Research cited earlier highlighted the mental well-being benefits to individuals with significant learning disabilities if they are able to make some choices. Thus, developing and enabling children’s and young people’s decision-making ability is not only preparation for adulthood, but also promoting their mental well-being, which can reduce incidences of difficult behaviours.