Life and Social Skills

Student Behaviors that Facilitate Inclusion Success

November is already upon us, and that gets us thinking about happy things like Thanksgiving and togetherness. In the spirit of the month, this week’s FREE tool focuses on inclusion. It’s a table called, “Student Behaviors that Facilitate Inclusion Success,” that will help you assess and target the key social skills students need to function in an inclusive classroom. Many ...

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Constructing a Monthly Budget

This week at CEC, we’ve been thinking a lot about financial literacy, especially after reading in this article about how states can do more to educate children about personal finance. So this week’s FREE Tool of the Week is a lesson plan for teaching students how to create a monthly personal budget. It includes classroom notes and student activities for ...

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Community Mobility Checklist

Mobility is key to independence for all students. That’s why this week’s FREE tool is a Community Mobility Checklist designed to help you assess and prioritize mobility skills for students with mild to severe disabilities. This comprehensive list covers emergency preparedness, pedestrian skills, school bus safety, community transportation and public facilities, and recreational mobility. It comes from CEC’s publication, Getting ...

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Lesson Plan: Understanding Unwritten Social Rules

This week’s FREE tool is a lesson plan for understanding unwritten social rules from the CEC book Social Skills for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other Developmental Disabilities, Vol. II. The lesson contains seven research-based steps to help you teach social protocols such as: don’t sit next to a stranger in a mostly empty movie theater. The authors of ...

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Transition Collaboration Strategies Survey

For many educators, slower summer schedules give teachers time to breathe and do a little housekeeping. So we chose a self-reflective tool for this week’s FREE Tool of the Week. This Transition Collaboration Strategies Survey asks Transition Specialists to reflect on their collaborative skills to identify areas they might develop over the coming school year. The survey comes from the ...

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Example Task Chain for Using a System of Least Prompts

This week’s FREE tool is a sample task chain for using a system of least prompts when teaching life-skills to a student with developmental disabilities. In the system of least prompts, you begin a task with the least amount of prompting possible and increase assistance only as needed. This table provides an example of prompting for a student who is ...

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Peer-Mediated Learning Strategies Observation Form

This week’s FREE Tool is a quick and simple observation form from Friendship 101, a step-by-step guidebook for teaching social competency. The form provides a straightforward way to collect data on Peer-Mediated Learning Strategies (PMLS), evidence-based practices that teach social skills to students with disabilities through the involvement of a typically developing peer. The practice provides students with disabilities a ...

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Example Curricula for Teaching Sex Education

Students with developmental disabilities or autism often have sex education excluded from their programming. This week’s Tool, from Friendship 101: Helping Students Build Social Competence, provides some sample sex education curricula IEP teams can review and evaluate to ensure they provide accurate and comprehensive information and align with other educational materials for students ages 5-18 with developmental disabilities. P.S. – Want to ...

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Determining Where Real-World Instruction Should Occur

Real-world skills are critical for students’ success, and the settings in which these skills are taught are often critical to facilitate student retention and use of these skills in real situations. This week’s Tool of the Week is a decision-making process for determining the appropriate settings for teaching real-world skills. This week’s Tool comes from Footsteps Toward the Future: Implementing a Real-World Curriculum ...

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Behavior-Tracking Applications for iPad/iPod

This week’s Tool of the Week, “Behavior-Tracking Applications for iPad/iPod,” provides a list of behavior data collection apps for iPod and iPad that will help you track your students’ progress in meeting behavioral goals. This tool comes from Friendship 101: Helping Students Build Social Competence, which offers teachers a practical guide for ensuring students develop the social skills that they need ...

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