Life and Social Skills

Talk it out

When students with disabilities embark on their college journey, they will need to manage their disability and their accommodations without the help of teachers or family. This will require some good-old-fashioned communications skills. Communicating effectively can be tricky business, so students who have the opportunity to practice and hone their skills during high school will be at an advantage when ...

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It’s Academic: The Transition to College

The transition to college is full of exciting changes for all students. New friends, a new home, and so many new things to learn! To help you make sure your students with disabilities are ready to meet the higher academic demands they’ll encounter in college, this week’s FREE tool is a table listing typical college academic requirements. Read about course ...

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Real-World Curriculum on Track

Educating students with developmental disability or autism spectrum disorder in a real-world curriculum doesn’t happen in a day—or even a year. Students need continuity. This means curricular activities in elementary school should look toward expectations in middle school, and middle school activities should prepare students for high school. To help you keep track of student progress, this week’s FREE tool ...

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Mobility Masters

The ability to move around your community without assistance is key to independent living. Catching a bus to work, walking to visit a friend, finding a public restroom, and even knowing how to use an escalator are all important skills that, when mastered, can free individuals to work, socialize, attend school, and run errands on their own. To help you ...

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Conquering Conflict

We all have conflict in our lives. It may be as minor as picking out a shirt to wear or as big as negotiating a divorce in the family. As part of an effective transition to life after high school, students need to know how to diffuse conflict by communicating their feelings in an assertive way that will ensure they ...

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Teens on the Team

Learning self-advocacy is an integral part of a student’s progression towards a smooth transition to life after high school. One way to engage students in decision making about their future is to actively involve them in their own IEP meetings. To get you started on that path, this week’s FREE tool is a set of questions designed to help students ...

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It’s all in the Family

Families are often an overlooked resource for special educators. Families can support the academic progress of their student in multiple ways, from providing a good breakfast to reinforcing school practices at home. That’s why this week’s FREE tool is a table to get you thinking about the role of families. The table comes from “Charting the Course: Special Education in ...

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Fun with Friendship

To kick off April as Autism Awareness month, this week’s FREE tool is a table full of ideas for teaching friendship skills using Lego® Bricks. From picking flowers together to going down a slide, you can introduce play scenarios that will help students learn to interact with others in ways that will help them express their interests, develop a sense ...

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You Heard, but did you Listen?

We’ve all had that in-one-ear-out-the-other experience, including our students. The good news is that everyone can become a better listener with a little training and practice. This week’s FREE tool is a lesson plan for teaching the difference between hearing and listening to help students distinguish between different kinds of input and to learn to focus on the information that ...

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Finding Friends in Your Community

Plan, plan, plan! That’s the ticket to an effective transition to post-school where youths have the chance to become involved members of their communities. The best transition plans are masterworks of collaboration that connect students to the community resources they need after high school. But how to find and vet these community resources? This week’s FREE tool is a handy ...

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