Making a choice is the process of selecting from two or more alternatives or indicating preferences (Wehmeyer, 1997). Choice making is an integral part of being self-determined because each person must be free to express his or her preferences in order to direct where and how his or her life is going. Once preferences have been established through choice making, the decision making process begins.
Many times in life people have to make choices. The choices can range from basic to complex but all have one thing in common, “What does the person prefer?” Below is a three step process that will help you to figure out what the person’s preference is.
Before a choice can be made, a problem or issue must be present that requires a choice. For example, every morning you go to work. But before you can go to work you have to figure out what shirt you are going to wear. The problem has just presented itself, “What shirt are you going to wear today?”
Once the problem has been identified, you must then look at the options presented to you. If we continue with the above scenario, when you open your closet, you would see three shirts: red, blue, and white. Therefore, your options are to wear red, white or blue.
The last step in the decision making process is to state your preference of the options. You may prefer the red shirt over the blue or white, so you choose to wear the red shirt to work today. By choosing one over the others, you are showing or stating your preference.
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