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Life Skills Activities for Secondary Students with Special Needs
Synopses & Reviews
For educators, parents, and others involved in teaching adolescents with special needs, here is a unique collection of 190 illustrated activity sheets with related exercises, discussion questions, and evaluation suggestions to help students acquire the basic skills necessary to achieve independence and success in everyday living.
Each activity sheet focuses on a specific skill within the context of real-life situations and includes complete teacher directions for its effective use, from objective and introduction through optional extension activities and ways to assess students’ learning.
For quick access, all of these ready-to-use materials are printed in a big spiral-bound format for easy photocopying and organized into seven sections. Here’s an overview of the major topics (and sample activity titles) covered in each section:
INTERPERSONAL SKILLS—30 activities focusing on Uniqueness of Myself and Others (Spotlight on Me)…Friendship Skills (qualities of a Good Friend)…Being Part of a Family (Members of a Family)
COMMUNICATION SKILLS—15 lessons that teach Understanding Others (Being a Careful Listener)…Expressing Yourself (Be Convincing)…Conflict Resolution (Compromising)
ACADEMIC & SCHOOL SKILLS—32 activities related to Reading (Reading on the Job)…Writing (Proofreading)…math (Improving Math Skills)…Study Skills (Taking Notes)
PRACTICAL LIVING SKILLS—39 activities focusing of Getting Information (What Do You Need to Know?)…Money Management (Making a Budget)…Travel (Using a Timetable)…Driving (Car Insurance)…Home Management (Home Repairs, Preparing a Meal)
VOCATIONAL SKILLS—22 lessons featuring Present Skills and Interests (What Are You Good At?)…School Record and Planning (Finishing High School)…Working (Interviewing)
LIFESTYLE CHOICES—27 activities covering Values (What Are Values?)…Personal Habits and Choices (Teens and Drinking)…Sexual Issues (Teenage Pregnancy, HIV and AIDS)…Reputation (How You Appear to Others)…Stress (Stressful Events and Situations)
PROBLEM-SOLVING SKILLS—25 lessons on Handling Problem Situations (Adjusting to Change)…Making Decisions (Needs vs. Wants)…Resource Management (Staying on Task)…Goal-Setting (Realistic Goals)…Risk-Taking (Learning from Mistakes)
Also included is a list of parent activities which can be reproduced and given to parents to use in conjunction with the activities being worked on in class. You may supplement thus list with your own activities and/or worksheets to provide extra reinforcement of new skills.
You’ll find these activities are completely flexible. You can use them in any order for a variety of purposes—to introduced, teach and/or reinforce specific life skills. Moreover, the activities can easily be modified to meet individual or group needs.
A comprehensive, step-by-step, guide to 109 of the most commonly used intellectual, achievement, perceptual, and language tests used in special education as well as rating and adaptive behavior scales. Includes descriptions for each test and subtest, scoring, strengths and weakness. Shows how to interpret test scores for student IEPs in order to plan appropriate remedial instruction.
About the Author
Darlene Mannix has been both a special and regular education teacher for the past 15 years. Her teaching assignments have included multicategorical resource rooms, a pilot program for language disordered children, emotionally handicapped classes for elementary and secondary students, and inclusion teacher for middle school learning disabled students.
Ms. Mannix earned her B.S. in Secondary Education at Taylor University and her M.S. in Learning Disabilities at Indiana University. She has written many practical resources for teachers, including Social Skills Activities for Special Children (C.A.R.E., 1993).
Table of Contents
About This Book.
Parent Activities and Suggestions.
SECTION I. INTERPERSONAL SKILLS.
Uniqueness of Myself and Others.
I.1: Ethnic Groups.
I.2: My ethnic Background.
I.3: Spotlight on Me.
I.4: Spotlight on Others.
I.5: Encouraging Words.
I.6: Acts of Kindness.
I.7: Working in a Group.
I.8: Working Toward a Common Goal.
I.9: Serving Others.
I.10: Being Sensitive to Others.
I.11: Being Friendly.
I.12: Helping Others.
I.13: My Peer Groups.
I.14: What About Gangs?
I.15: Making Friends.
I.16: Qualities of a Good Friend.
I.17: Changing Friendships.
I.18: Social Situations.
I.19: A Positive Role Model.
I.20: The Death of a Friend or Peer.
Being Part of a Family.
I.21: My Family Tree.
I.22: Members of a Family.
I.23: Respecting Authority.
I.24: Living with Abuse.
I.25: Sexual Abuse.
I.26: Thoughts About Divorce.
I.27: Living with Stepsiblings.
I.28: Dealing with Stepparents.
I.30: Benefits of a Family.
SECTION II. COMMUNICATION SKILLS.
II.1: Being a Careful Listener.
II.4: Body Language.
II.5: Situational Considerations.
II.6: Clear Directions.
II.7: Collecting Your Thoughts.
II.8: Preparing for Speaking in Public.
II.9: Expecting Respect.
II.10: Be Convincing.
II.11: Giving Your Speech.
II.12: Identifying a Conflict.
II.14: Finding Alternatives.
II.15: Avoiding Power Struggles.
SECTION III. ACADEMIC AND SCHOOL SKILLS.
III.1: Reading Skills.
III.2: Reading for School.
III.3: Reading for Pleasure.
III.4: Reading on the Job.
III.5: Reading for Information.
III.6: Improving Reading Skills.
III.7: Communicating Through Writing.
III.8: Everyday Writing Tasks.
III.10: Writing Clearly.
III.11: Writing and More Writing.
III.12: Writing on the Job.
III.13: Math Skills.
III.14: Improving Math Skills.
III.15: Everyday Math Situations.
III.18: Math Problems.
III.19: Keeping a Math Journal.
III.20: School Tasks for Success.
III.21: Getting Organized.
III.22: Taking Notes.
III.23: Studying Smarter.
III.24: Following Directions.
III.25: Doing Homework.
III.26: Managing Daily Assignments.
III.27: Managing Long-Term Assignments.
III.28: Completing Assignments.
III.29: Good Behavior.
III.30: Getting Along with Authority.
III.31: Asking Good Questions.
III.32: Asking for Help.
SECTION IV. PRACTICAL LIVING SKILLS.
IV.1: What Do You Need to Know?
IV.2: Where to Get Information.
IV.3: Information from Newspapers.
IV.4: Information from Magazines.
IV.5: Information from Books.
IV.6: Information from Other People.
IV.7: Information from Television.
IV.8: Other Sources of Information.
IV.9: What Is a Budget?
IV.10: Making a Budget.
IV.11: Paying Interest.
IV.12: Making Payments.
IV.13: “On Sale”.
IV.14: Unit Pricing.
IV.15: Sales Tax.
IV.16: Writing a Check.
IV.17: Maintaining a Checking Account.
IV.18: Credit Cards.
IV.19: What Is a Savings Account?
IV.20: Applying for a Loan.
IV.21: Local Transportation.
IV.22: Forms of Transportation.
IV.23: Planning a Trip.
IV.24: Estimating Costs.
IV.25: Using a Timetable.
IV.26: Reading a Map.
IV.27: Right vs. Privilege.
IV.28: Choosing Your Driver.
IV.29: Drinking and Driving.
IV.30: Cost of Maintaining a Car.
IV.31: Car Insurance.
IV.32: A Place to Live.
IV.33: Home Upkeep.
IV.34: Home Repairs.
IV.35: Care of clothing.
IV.37: Preparing a Meal.
IV.39: Using Classified Ads.
SECTION V. VOCATIONAL SKILLS.
Present Skills and Interests.
V.1: What Are You Good At?
V.2: My Interests.
V.4: Realistic Vocational Goals.
School Records and Planning.
V.5: Academic Strengths.
V.6: Teacher Recommendations.
V.7: Choosing Classes.
V.8: Having a Disability.
V.9: Finishing High School.
V.10: Extracurricular Activities.
V.11: Post-School Planning.
V.12: Searching for a Job.
V.13: A Résumé.
V.15: Having a Good Attitude.
V.16: Being a Good Employee.
V.17: Getting Along with the Boss.
V.18: You Are the Boss.
V.19: Getting Work Experience.
V.20: Changing Jobs: Why?
V.21: Changing Jobs: How?
V.22: A Job Application.
SECTION VI. LIFESTYLE CHOICES.
VI.1: What Are Values?
VI.2: Values Important to Me.
VI.3: Forming Values.
VI.4: Values in Action.
Personal Habits and Choices.
VI.5: Smoking – Is It for Me?
VI.6: Marijuana and Other Drugs.
VI.7: Teens and Drinking.
VI.8: Changing Your Appearance.
VI.11: Personal Check-Up.
VI.12: Being Sexually Active.
VI.13: Healthy Dating.
VI.14: Rate the Date.
VI.15: Teenage Pregnancy.
VI.16: HIV and AIDS.
VI.17: What’s a Reputation?
VI.18: Losing a Good Reputation.
VI.19: Changing Your Reputation.
VI.20: How You Appear to Others.
VI.21: Stress and Stressors.
VI.22: Stressful Events and Situations.
VI.23: Coping with Stress.
VI.26: Getting Help.
VI.27: You Have Choices!
SECTION VII. PROBLEM-SOLVINMG SKILLS.
Handling Problem Situations.
VII.1: Understanding the Problem Situation.
VII.2: Coping with Surprises.
VII.3: Adjusting to Change.
VII.4: Taking Responsibility for Mistakes.
VII.5: Considering Important Factors.
VII.6: Needs vs. Wants.
VII.7: Immediate Results vs. Waiting.
VII.8: Following Through.
VII.9: Changing Bad Decisions.
VII.10: Using Resources.
VII.11: Reliable Resources.
VII.12: Fact vs. Opinion.
VII.13: Time Management.
VII.14: Staying on Task.
VII.15: What Is a Goal?
VII.16: Setting Your Priorities.
VII.17: Doing Things in Sequence.
VII.18: Realistic Goals.
VII.19: Adjusting Goals.
VII.20: What Is a Risk?
VII.21: Why Take Risks?
VII.22: Rate the Risk.
VII.23: Risking Failure.
VII.24: Learning from Mistakes.
VII.25: Risks and Their Payoffs.
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