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Life Skills Activities for Secondary Students with Special Needs. Edition No. 2

  • ID: 2214930
  • Book
  • January 2010
  • 544 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd

Ready-to-use lessons for teaching basic life skills to adolescents with special needs

This 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
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About This Book xii

About the Author xiv

Parent Activities and Suggestions xv

Part One: Self-Awareness 1

Chapter 1: My Character 2

Lesson 1.1: Qualities of a Good Character 3

Lesson 1.2: Honesty 5

Lesson 1.3: Kindness 7

Lesson 1.4: Loyalty 9

Lesson 1.5: Responsibility 12

Lesson 1.6: Flexibility 14

Lesson 1.7: What Are Values? 17

Chapter 2: Uniquely Me 19

Lesson 2.1: Values Important to Me 20

Lesson 2.2: My Ethnic Background 22

Lesson 2.3: My Disabilities 24

Lesson 2.4: What’s a Reputation? 27

Lesson 2.5: Changing Your Reputation 29

Lesson 2.6: How You Appear to Others 31

Chapter 3: Personal Life Choices 33

Lesson 3.1: Smoking: Is It for Me? 34

Lesson 3.2: Marijuana and Other Drugs 37

Lesson 3.3: Teens and Drinking 40

Lesson 3.4: Changing Your Appearance 42

Lesson 3.5: Tattoos and Piercings 45

Lesson 3.6: Rate the Date 48

Lesson 3.7: Ready to Move Out? 51

Lesson 3.8: Ready to Work Part-Time? 53

Part Two: People Skills 55

Chapter 4: Relating to Others 56

Lesson 4.1: Encouraging Others 57

Lesson 4.2: Working in a Group 59

Lesson 4.3: Working Toward a Common Goal 62

Lesson 4.4: Being Friendly 65

Lesson 4.5: Helping Others 68

Lesson 4.6: What Is a Mood? 71

Lesson 4.7: Noticing the Moods of Others 74

Lesson 4.8: How My Mood Affects Others 77

Chapter 5: Friendship Skills 79

Lesson 5.1: My Peer Groups 80

Lesson 5.2: Who Are My Friends? 82

Lesson 5.3: Making Friends 84

Lesson 5.4: People Who Are Like You 86

Lesson 5.5: People Who Are Different from You 89

Lesson 5.6: Where and How to Look for Friends 92

Lesson 5.7: Qualities of a Good Friend 95

Lesson 5.8: Social Situations 97

Lesson 5.9: A Positive Role Model 99

Lesson 5.10: What About Gangs? 101

Lesson 5.11: Social Networking Online 103

Chapter 6: Being Part of a Family 105

Lesson 6.1: My Family Tree 106

Lesson 6.2: Benefits of a Family 108

Lesson 6.3: Respecting Authority 110

Lesson 6.4: My Parent’s Point of View 112

Lesson 6.5: My Sibling’s Point of View 115

Lesson 6.6: Thoughts About Divorce 118

Lesson 6.7: Dealing with Stepparents 121

Lesson 6.8: Sharing the Chores 123

Lesson 6.9: Whom Can I Talk To? 125

Chapter 7: Communication Skills 128

Lesson 7.1: Best Method to Communicate 129

Lesson 7.2: Being a Careful Listener 131

Lesson 7.3: Summarizing 133

Lesson 7.4: Paraphrasing 135

Lesson 7.5: Is This the Right Time and Place? 137

Lesson 7.6: Communicating by Cell Phone 140

Lesson 7.7: Giving Clear Directions 142

Lesson 7.8: Verbal and Nonverbal Messages 145

Lesson 7.9: Collecting Your Thoughts 147

Lesson 7.10: Public Speaking 150

Lesson 7.11: Expecting Respect 153

Lesson 7.12: Being Convincing 155

Lesson 7.13: Giving Your Speech 157

Part Three: Academic and School Skills 160

Chapter 8: Reading Skills 161

Lesson 8.1: Reading for School 162

Lesson 8.2: Reading on the Job 164

Lesson 8.3: Improving Reading Skills 166

Lesson 8.4: Reading for Comprehension 169

Lesson 8.5: Following Written Directions 172

Chapter 9: Writing Skills 175

Lesson 9.1: Communicating Through Writing 176

Lesson 9.2: Everyday Writing Tasks 178

Lesson 9.3: Proofreading 180

Lesson 9.4: E-mailing Dos and Don’ts 183

Lesson 9.5: Using Computers to Improve Writing 186

Lesson 9.6: Writing and More Writing 189

Lesson 9.7: Writing on the Job 192

Chapter 10: Math Skills 194

Lesson 10.1: Everyday Math Skills 195

Lesson 10.2: Improving Math Skills 197

Lesson 10.3: Common Math Situations 200

Lesson 10.4: Understanding Graphs 202

Lesson 10.5: Understanding Charts 205

Lesson 10.6: Sample Math Problems 208

Lesson 10.7: Using Computers for Math Information 211

Chapter 11: Study Skills 213

Lesson 11.1: School Tasks for Success 214

Lesson 11.2: Tools for the Task 216

Lesson 11.3: Taking Notes 218

Lesson 11.4: Studying Smarter 221

Lesson 11.5: Following Directions 223

Lesson 11.6: Doing Homework 226

Lesson 11.7: Managing Daily Assignments 228

Lesson 11.8: Managing Long-Term Assignments 230

Lesson 11.9: Completing Assignments 232

Lesson 11.10: Good Student Behaviors 234

Lesson 11.11: Requesting Help or Information 236

Part Four: Practical Living Skills 238

Chapter 12: Information Skills 240

Lesson 12.1: What Do You Need to Know? 241

Lesson 12.2: Where to Get Information 243

Lesson 12.3: Information from Newspapers 246

Lesson 12.4: Information from Magazines 248

Lesson 12.5: Information from the Internet 250

Lesson 12.6: Information from Books 253

Lesson 12.7: Information from Television 256

Lesson 12.8: Information from Other People 258

Lesson 12.9: Taking Classes 261

Chapter 13: Money Skills 263

Lesson 13.1: What Is a Budget? 264

Lesson 13.2: Making a Budget 267

Lesson 13.3: Paying Interest 269

Lesson 13.4: “On Sale” 272

Lesson 13.5: Unit Pricing 275

Lesson 13.6: How Much Do Things Cost? 278

Lesson 13.7: Writing a Check 280

Lesson 13.8: Maintaining a Checking Account 283

Lesson 13.9: What Is a Savings Account? 286

Lesson 13.10: Credit Cards 288

Lesson 13.11: Using Debit and Credit Cards and ATMs 290

Lesson 13.12: How Much Money Will You Need? 293

Lesson 13.13: Making Change 295

Chapter 14: Travel 298

Lesson 14.1: Local Transportation 299

Lesson 14.2: Overnight Travel 301

Lesson 14.3: Traveling by Plane 303

Lesson 14.4: Planning a Trip 305

Lesson 14.5: Estimating Costs 307

Lesson 14.6: Using a Timetable 309

Lesson 14.7: Reading a Map 311

Chapter 15: Clothing 313

Lesson 15.1: Caring for and Repairing Clothing 314

Lesson 15.2: Buying Appropriate Clothes 316

Lesson 15.3: Organizing Your Clothes 319

Lesson 15.4: Washing and Drying Tips 321

Chapter 16: Living Arrangements 324

Lesson 16.1: A Place to Live 325

Lesson 16.2: Living with Parents 327

Lesson 16.3: Home Upkeep 329

Lesson 16.4: Home Repairs 332

Lesson 16.5: Going Green 335

Lesson 16.6: Decluttering 337

Chapter 17: Eating and Nutrition 340

Lesson 17.1: Nutrition 341

Lesson 17.2: Making Good Food Choices 344

Lesson 17.3: Eating Out versus Eating In 346

Lesson 17.4: Preparing a Meal 349

Chapter 18: Shopping 351

Lesson 18.1: What Do I Need? 352

Lesson 18.2: Smart Shopping 354

Lesson 18.3: Comparison Shopping 356

Lesson 18.4: Returning Items 358

Chapter 19: Exercise/Health and Hygiene 360

Lesson 19.1: Exercise in Daily Life 361

Lesson 19.2: Exercise Excuses 363

Lesson 19.3: Personal Health Habits 365

Lesson 19.4: Stress and Stressors 367

Lesson 19.5: Stressful Events and Situations 370

Lesson 19.6: Coping with Stress 372

Lesson 19.7: Depression 377

Part Five: Vocational Skills 380

Chapter 20: Present Skills and Interests 381

Lesson 20.1: My Strengths 382

Lesson 20.2: My Interests 385

Lesson 20.3: My Hobbies 387

Lesson 20.4: Realistic Vocational Goals 389

Lesson 20.5: Academic Strengths 392

Lesson 20.6: Working with a Disability 394

Lesson 20.7: Finishing High School 397

Lesson 20.8: Extracurricular Activities 400

Chapter 21: Getting a Job 403

Lesson 21.1: Searching for a Job 404

Lesson 21.2: Vocational Vocabulary 407

Lesson 21.3: Filling Out an Application 411

Lesson 21.4: What Is a Résumé? 415

Lesson 21.5: Interviewing for a Job 418

Lesson 21.6: First Impressions 421

Lesson 21.7: Getting Work Experience 423

Chapter 22: Working 425

Lesson 22.1: Having a Good Attitude 426

Lesson 22.2: Being a Great Employee 429

Lesson 22.3: Making a Mistake on the Job 431

Lesson 22.4: Handling Criticism on the Job 434

Lesson 22.5: Being Prepared for the Task 436

Lesson 22.6: Changing Jobs: Why? 439

Lesson 22.7: Changing Jobs: How? 441

Part Six: Problem-Solving Skills 444

Chapter 23: Handling Problem Situations 445

Lesson 23.1: Understanding the Problem 446

Lesson 23.2: Coping with Surprises 450

Lesson 23.3: Adjusting to Change 453

Lesson 23.4: When the Problem Is You! 456

Chapter 24: Making Decisions 459

Lesson 24.1: Decision-Making Factors 460

Lesson 24.2: Needs versus Wants 463

Lesson 24.3: Immediate Needs versus Waiting 466

Lesson 24.4: Following Through 469

Lesson 24.5: Changing Bad Decisions 473

Chapter 25: Resource Management 476

Lesson 25.1: What Are My Resources? 477

Lesson 25.2: Reliable Resources 480

Lesson 25.3: Fact versus Opinion 483

Lesson 25.4: Time Management 485

Lesson 25.5: Staying on Task 488

Chapter 26: Goal-Setting 491

Lesson 26.1: What Is a Goal? 492

Lesson 26.2: Setting Priorities 494

Lesson 26.3: Doing Things in Sequence 496

Lesson 26.4: Realistic Goals 499

Lesson 26.5: Adjusting Goals 502

Chapter 27: Risk-Taking 504

Lesson 27.1: What Is a Risk? 505

Lesson 27.2: Why Take Risks? 507

Lesson 27.3: Acceptable Risks 510

Lesson 27.4: Handling Fear 512

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