Life and Social Skills

Making the Call

Making an emergency phone call and communicating the necessary information to the respondent can literally save lives, so the ability to perform these tasks should not be taken for granted. That’s why this week’s FREE tool is a task analysis for assessing a student’s ability to perform the steps necessary to make an emergency call while out in the community. ...

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Teaching Sex Education

Friendship and companionship are essential to human development and happiness. To grow into adults who can engage in meaningful relationships, students with developmental disability must be provided with early and ongoing supports that enhance their ability to live fulfilling lives as adults. This week’s FREE tool is a table outlining elements of sex education according to age level to guide ...

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The Real World: Knowing What to Teach

Teaching students the skills they need to step out in the real world is an exciting and rewarding job. There’s so much to learn! To keep you from feeling overwhelmed by that abundance, this week’s FREE tool is a process chart for helping you determine the areas where your students need instruction. The chart will help you start with the ...

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Think Positive. Be Positive.

Kick off 2018 by revisiting your classroom climate. Have you built a sense of community? Do all of your students feel supported and welcomed? This week’s FREE tool outlines the basic practices that undergird positive classroom environments. Check it out to be sure you’re maintaining the positive community you set out to establish at the beginning of the school year. ...

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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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