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#UGUmbrella – This May we are looking at Autonomy – our ability to make decisions 

April 30, 2021 

GUELPH, Ontario – This May, the Upper Grand District School Board is looking at autonomy as our Umbrella Skill. Autonomy is our ability to make decisions and have a say in the direction of our lives.

Autonomy helps with the development of independence and trust and is an important part of our individual growth and development.  As someone nurturing autonomy, we aim to create a cooperative bond between ourselves and our children or students while also paying attention to secure and reasonable boundaries and expectations.  

Autonomy goes beyond teaching independence and is about supporting children in a way that allows them a sense of comfort in themselves. 

Why is autonomy important? 

What can we do to support autonomy in our families and classrooms?  

(Adapted from Dr. Shenfield, What is Autonomy Supportive Parenting and How to Practice It, 2019, article)

Let us know how you nurture autonomy this May by using #UGUmbrella.

May   Autonomy Umbrella Skill Graphic

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