Document Type

Guide (how-to document)


University of Montana Rural Institute

Publication Date



Developmental Psychology | Social and Behavioral Sciences


Being a decision-maker for your own healthcare is important. Families and healthcare providers want children to become good decision-makers. For some children this takes more support, practice, and some special tools. Learning this skill should begin in childhood and continue into adulthood. This guide and its resources help families and healthcare providers support children to learn the skills they need.


early childhood, rural, disability


© 2021 Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities

Granting Agency

Administration on Disability, Administration for Community Living, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


The contents of this fact sheet were developed under a grant from the Administration on Disability/ Administration for Community Living (AOD/ACL grant number 90DDUC0010). The Administration for Community Living (ACL) is part of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents of this fact sheet do not necessarily represent the policy of AOD, ACL, or HHS, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.

Project Number

University of Montana #90DDUC0010