Life and Social Skills

Integrating Transition Planning Into the IEP Process

Graduation brings many exciting changes for students with disabilities who are moving into a life after high school, so the groundwork for success needs to be laid early on. This week’s FREE tool is a table to help you and your interagency transition team identify team goals and choose activities to help you meet them well before graduation. From methods ...

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Social Skills for Students with ASD

Honesty is always the best policy, but for some students with disabilities, telling the truth is less about honesty than it is about understanding. That’s why this week’s FREE tool is a step-by-step lesson plan for teaching students with disabilities to distinguish between true and made up statements, to verify facts, and to consistently tell the truth. The lesson plan ...

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Footsteps Toward the Future

This week’s FREE tool is a Communication Assessment Form to help you determine the communication skills needed for a student to fully participate in a particular activity. The conversational and communication skills required at different stages of a given activity can sometimes be overlooked. The form asks you to break the targeted activity into steps to help reveal these hidden ...

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7 Steps for Success

April showers bring more than May flowers. They also bring notices of admissions status from many colleges and universities. If your students are busy making tough decisions about where to go to college next year, you’ll like this week’s FREE tool. It’s a table: Commonly Requested Accommodations for higher education. You and your students can use this list to brainstorm ...

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Getting Around Town

Are you working on a real-world curriculum? Then you’re going to love this week’s FREE tool! It’s a checklist for pedestrian skills to help you support students who are working on “getting around town” independently. The list will help you track progress and set priorities on skills that range from walking without difficulty, to understanding crossing rules, to walking in ...

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Social Skills for Students With Autism Spectrum Disorder Vol. I

Students can learn so much from each other! That’s why this week’s FREE tool is a table, “Cooperative Learning Strategies,” which lists a variety of cooperative learning activities through which students can develop their social skills. Activities such as “turn-to-your-neighbor” and “think-pair-share” allow students to directly interact with one another so they can practice social skills, teamwork, and group- and ...

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Home and Community-Living Skills and Activities for a Real-World Curriculum

We thought you might be doing some planning over the winter break, so for this week’s FREE tool, we’ve got a table, Sample Home and Community-Living Skills and Activities for a Real-World Curriculum, to help you on your way. This tool is jam packed with lists of real-world skills you might consider developing in students with autism spectrum disorder or ...

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IEP Transition Goals Checklist

The Survival Guide for New Special Education Teachers

This week finds us shifting gears into the season of winter holidays, so we’re thinking about transitions! This week’s FREE tool is an IEP Transition Goals Checklist. With this handy one-pager, you’ll leave no transition stone unturned. From ensuring proper instruction, to including your students in planning, to addressing postsecondary opportunities in the community, this checklist will keep you on ...

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Eco-behavioral Assessment

For many, the holiday season that is upon us will be spent socializing with far-flung family and friends, so we thought it appropriate this week’s FREE tool focus on social skills! We’ve got a quick, 4-step how-to guide for how to assess social skills according to setting. The authors call this an “eco-behavioral assessment” and stress its importance for developing ...

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Social and Cognitive Aspects of Play

Did you hear about the new character on Sesame Street? The show recently introduced Julia, a Muppet who has autism spectrum disorder (ASD). CEC is proud to be among the organizations who worked with Sesame Street to develop this character, and we’re excited about Julia because not only can she validate the experiences of the 1 in 68 children who ...

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