Life and Social Skills

Instructional Behavior Plan

This week’s free Tool of the Week, “Instructional Behavior Plan Worksheet,” will help you teach students alternative strategies for coping and new ways to communicate their intent. This tool comes from When Behavior Makes Learning Hard: Positive Steps for Changing Student Behavior, which provides practical strategies, approaches, and tools that teachers of students of all ages can use to improve ...

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Using Embedded Instruction to Enhance Social-Emotional Skills

This week’s Tool of the Week, “Tips for Teachers: Using Embedded Instruction to Enhance Social-Emotional Skills,” from Friendship 101:  Helping Students Build Social Competence, shows you each component of embedded instruction focusing on what to teach, when to teach, how to teach and how to evaluate.  

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Parents Facilitating Engagement

This Tool of the Week helps show parents the process for facilitating engagement when teaching new skills to a child with autism, as well as helps parents with the process for facilitating and extending engagement in an area of interest for their child. Parents work on goals that can help children be successful and function in society over time and ...

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Understanding Sarcasm and Irony

This week’s Tool is a lesson plan built around helping students understand and recognize the use of sarcasm and irony, tools for helping students develop social skills and be included in the general education classroom. Use these seven steps to guide you through establishing students’ needs to evaluating students’ retention. This Tool of the Week comes from Social Skills for ...

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Finding and Using Public Restrooms

In this lesson plan, students will learn how to find restrooms when out in their community and choose the appropriate restroom. This Tool includes materials and evaluations methods that can be used by teachers, family, and peers. This Tool of the Week comes from Getting Around Town: Teaching Community Mobility Skills to Students With Disabilities.

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Key Elements of Social Development Intervention

This week’s Tool offers teachers ways to promote the development of intrinsically motivated social interaction across environments through focusing on social communication, social problem solving, social skills, and pragmatic language development. This Tool of the Week comes from Autism Spectrum Disorders: Family, Community, Social Skills, and Behavior: A Collection of Articles from TEACHING Exceptional Children.

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Parent Input Form: Employability Skills

Use this week’s Tool to get parents’ input in helping their child succeed with employability skills. The form provides an easy checklist to help teachers and parents see what areas a student already knows or will work toward for employment. This Tool of the Week comes from Teach Smart: Practical Strategies & Tools for Educators.

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Dialing My Home Phone Number

This week’s Tool is a lesson plan for teachers to help elementary students learn to dial their phone numbers, a valuable skill in case of emergencies. This Tool of the Week comes from Getting Around Town: Teaching Community Mobility Skills to Students With Disabilities..

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Opportunities to Enhance Self-Determination

This week’s tool, “Opportunities to Enhance Self-Determination” focuses on the need for students to become self-determined through direct, explicit instruction, and gain confidence with practice and support. Time is of the essence to develop self-determination skills when students are in high school; these skills are essential for employment and postsecondary success. This Tool of the Week comes from Integrating Transition ...

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Developing Communication Skills

This week’s Tool helps students who are preparing for college understand that communication involves not only what they say, but how they say it, to whom, and when. Colleges expect students to handle all aspects of their lives on campus without assistance from their parents. Students need to be prepared to speak for themselves on a variety of fronts. Parents ...

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