Life and Social Skills

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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They Grow Up so Fast!

We all know how time flies. Before you know it, those bright-eyed kindergarteners turn into sixth graders, and those high school freshman are preparing for graduation. We don’t want you to get caught by surprise, so this week’s FREE tool is a table to help you plan IEPs that aim for adult outcomes in areas such as job training and ...

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Mobility equals possibility!

Learning to ride the school bus is an important step toward independence for students with disabilities, especially for those who may eventually use public transportation to move independently around town. So this week’s FREE tool is checklist for teachers to use when assessing school bus safety for students working on this important skill. The tool comes from CEC’s, “Getting Around ...

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Teaching Social Skills: A Process

Social skills are integral to the education of students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) because they are so important to job success, academic success, independent living, and friendship. This week’s FREE tool is a simple table outlining the process for teaching social skills to students with ASD. The process follows a direct instruction model and includes steps such as establishing ...

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Know Yourself

This week’s FREE tool is a table with self-reflection questions for co-teachers and other educators who are collaborating on behalf of students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). These questions will help you prepare for collaborative work by asking you to think about your feelings regarding things such as classroom management, grading, planning, and accommodations. The table comes from “A Guide ...

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Resources for leisure and recreation

It’s summertime, and we know you have leisure and relaxation on your mind. That’s why this week’s FREE tool is a table filled with information about recreational and leisure organizations that support individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or developmental disabilities (DDs). With resources for buddies, sports, the arts, and play, this table has something for everyone! It comes from ...

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Building Family Partnerships

For this week’s FREE tool we’ve got something for the bulletin board in your office. It’s a Family Partnership Model to remind you of ways you can include families in the transition planning process. From developing a shared vision all the way to reflecting on and celebrating achievements, families can provide a wealth of resources and supports for teachers and ...

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