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Ready-to-use lessons for teaching basic life skills to adolescents with special needsThis book offers teachers and parents a unique collection of more than 200 worksheets to help adolescents with special needs build the life skills they need to achieve independence and succeed in everyday life. The book provides 22 complete teaching units focusing on basic life skills such as handling money, succeeding at school, using the Internet safely, getting and keeping a job, and much more. The book contains 90 reproducible worksheets for teaching students how to apply these life skills to real-life situations. A revised and updated edition of the classic book for teaching basic life skills to adolescents with special needs Includes complete teaching units with reproducible worksheets and discussion questions that teach basic life skills Offers ideas for fostering skills like using the Internet, handling money, succeeding at school, getting and keeping a job, and more Mannix is the best-selling author of Social Skills Activities for Special Children, Life Skills Activities for Special Children, and Writing Skills Activities for Special Children
Darlene Mannix, M.A., has 26 years of experience as a classroom teacher and has taught both general education and special education. She is the best-selling author of numerous books for special educators including Life Skills Activities for Special Children, Social Skills Activities for Secondary Students with Special Needs, and Writing Skills Activities for Special Children.
Table of Contents
About This Book.
About the Author.
Parent Activities and Suggestions.
Part One: Self-Awareness.
Chapter 1: My Character.
Lesson 1.1: Qualities of a Good Character.
Lesson 1.2: Honesty.
Lesson 1.3: Kindness.
Lesson 1.4: Loyalty.
Lesson 1.5: Responsibility.
Lesson 1.6: Flexibility.
Lesson 1.7: What Are Values?
Chapter 2: Uniquely Me.
Lesson 2.1: Values Important to Me.
Lesson 2.2: My Ethnic Background.
Lesson 2.3: My Disabilities.
Lesson 2.4: What’s a Reputation?
Lesson 2.5: Changing Your Reputation.
Lesson 2.6: How You Appear to Others.
Chapter 3: Personal Life Choices.
Lesson 3.1: Smoking: Is It for Me?
Lesson 3.2: Marijuana and Other Drugs.
Lesson 3.3: Teens and Drinking.
Lesson 3.4: Changing Your Appearance.
Lesson 3.5: Tattoos and Piercings.
Lesson 3.6: Rate the Date.
Lesson 3.7: Ready to Move Out?
Lesson 3.8: Ready to Work Part-Time?
Part Two: People Skills.
Chapter 4: Relating to Others.
Lesson 4.1: Encouraging Others.
Lesson 4.2: Working in a Group.
Lesson 4.3: Working Toward a Common Goal.
Lesson 4.4: Being Friendly.
Lesson 4.5: Helping Others.
Lesson 4.6: What Is a Mood?
Lesson 4.7: Noticing the Moods of Others.
Lesson 4.8: How My Mood Affects Others.
Chapter 5: Friendship Skills.
Lesson 5.1: My Peer Groups.
Lesson 5.2: Who Are My Friends?
Lesson 5.3: Making Friends.
Lesson 5.4: People Who Are Like You.
Lesson 5.5: People Who Are Different from You.
Lesson 5.6: Where and How to Look for Friends.
Lesson 5.7: Qualities of a Good Friend.
Lesson 5.8: Social Situations.
Lesson 5.9: A Positive Role Model.
Lesson 5.10: What About Gangs?
Lesson 5.11: Social Networking Online.
Chapter 6: Being Part of a Family.
Lesson 6.1: My Family Tree.
Lesson 6.2: Benefi ts of a Family.
Lesson 6.3: Respecting Authority.
Lesson 6.4: My Parent’s Point of View.
Lesson 6.5: My Sibling’s Point of View.
Lesson 6.6: Thoughts About Divorce.
Lesson 6.7: Dealing with Stepparents.
Lesson 6.8: Sharing the Chores.
Lesson 6.9: Whom Can I Talk To?
Chapter 7: Communication Skills.
Lesson 7.1: Best Method to Communicate.
Lesson 7.2: Being a Careful Listener.
Lesson 7.3: Summarizing.
Lesson 7.4: Paraphrasing.
Lesson 7.5: Is This the Right Time and Place?
Lesson 7.6: Communicating by Cell Phone.
Lesson 7.7: Giving Clear Directions.
Lesson 7.8: Verbal and Nonverbal Messages.
Lesson 7.9: Collecting Your Thoughts.
Lesson 7.10: Public Speaking.
Lesson 7.11: Expecting Respect.
Lesson 7.12: Being Convincing.
Lesson 7.13: Giving Your Speech.
Part Three: Academic and School Skills.
Chapter 8: Reading Skills.
Lesson 8.1: Reading for School.
Lesson 8.2: Reading on the Job.
Lesson 8.3: Improving Reading Skills.
Lesson 8.4: Reading for Comprehension.
Lesson 8.5: Following Written Directions.
Chapter 9: Writing Skills.
Lesson 9.1: Communicating Through Writing.
Lesson 9.2: Everyday Writing Tasks.
Lesson 9.3: Proofreading.
Lesson 9.4: E-mailing Dos and Don’ts.
Lesson 9.5: Using Computers to Improve Writing.
Lesson 9.6: Writing and More Writing.
Lesson 9.7: Writing on the Job.
Chapter 10: Math Skills.
Lesson 10.1: Everyday Math Skills.
Lesson 10.2: Improving Math Skills.
Lesson 10.3: Common Math Situations.
Lesson 10.4: Understanding Graphs.
Lesson 10.5: Understanding Charts.
Lesson 10.6: Sample Math Problems.
Lesson 10.7: Using Computers for Math Information.
Chapter 11: Study Skills.
Lesson 11.1: School Tasks for Success.
Lesson 11.2: Tools for the Task.
Lesson 11.3: Taking Notes.
Lesson 11.4: Studying Smarter.
Lesson 11.5: Following Directions.
Lesson 11.6: Doing Homework.
Lesson 11.7: Managing Daily Assignments.
Lesson 11.8: Managing Long-Term Assignments.
Lesson 11.9: Completing Assignments.
Lesson 11.10: Good Student Behaviors.
Lesson 11.11: Requesting Help or Information.
Part Four: Practical Living Skills.
Chapter 12: Information Skills.
Lesson 12.1: What Do You Need to Know?
Lesson 12.2: Where to Get Information.
Lesson 12.3: Information from Newspapers.
Lesson 12.4: Information from Magazines.
Lesson 12.5: Information from the Internet.
Lesson 12.6: Information from Books 253.
Lesson 12.7: Information from Television.
Lesson 12.8: Information from Other People.
Lesson 12.9: Taking Classes.
Chapter 13: Money Skills.
Lesson 13.1: What Is a Budget?
Lesson 13.2: Making a Budget.
Lesson 13.3: Paying Interest.
Lesson 13.4: “On Sale”.
Lesson 13.5: Unit Pricing.
Lesson 13.6: How Much Do Things Cost?
Lesson 13.7: Writing a Check.
Lesson 13.8: Maintaining a Checking Account.
Lesson 13.9: What Is a Savings Account?
Lesson 13.10: Credit Cards.
Lesson 13.11: Using Debit and Credit Cards and ATMs.