Thursday, August 22, 2019

 August/ September
The unit stories help young adults learn the importance of thinking before making a decision. In the first story, Zach goes to the amusement park and is able to choose the activities he wants to try. The story covers the thought-process that Zach uses to make decisions that are right for him. In the second story, Aaron and Adele are faced with many opportunities to make decisions at amusement park concession stands. After choosing to eat too much junk food, Adele gets sick and misses out on the fun. Three articles offer more information and activities that give our young adults the opportunity to learn about making choices for themselves by exploring healthy food options and thinking about their likes and dislikes.  Regular monthly lessons are provided which offer the opportunity to practice making choices about nutrition and recreation-leisure activities in various daily life situations. Making good financial decisions is explored as team members pay bills and budget to go on a trip. Five recipes are offered to allow our young adults to express their likes and dislikes and get hands-on with nutrition skills. Social and communication skills are the focus of lessons presenting daily social trivia scenarios that offer more opportunity for our young adults to think about their choices before making a decision.  Employment continues to be a regular focus for several lessons each month. Lessons include exploring different jobs, reading job ads, completing job applications and practicing interview skills. Simple, realistic scenarios address job skills and interactions at work. The final lesson highlights volunteering as a way to practice job skills and gain practical work experience. This month's volunteer activity is helping with the school’s Midway Field Day event. The activity can be role played if it is not practical to participate in a real life situation. Job skills are emphasized as team members take on various tasks.  Related topics can be researched using the internet or interviewing others about the topic. The News-2-You weekly newspaper provides a variety of relevant current event topics in several simple reading formats. Supporting activities such as jokes, recipes and games are included as well. The newspaper features a new current event topic each week.

Monday, April 15, 2019

April 2019

The topic of making good decisions is presented in this month's unit titled, "What to Do, What to Do". The unit lessons will provide tools and a process for making effective decisions including activities in the Transition Passport: Personal Life/Making Decisions. As we assist our young adults in the transition from school to work, it is necessary that they receive training in thinking through the good and bad consequences that can happen with the choices they make and the importance of learning from our mistakes. Understanding what can affect our decisions and reflecting on our decisions are important skills.

The unit stories help young adults learn about the importance of having a process to make good decisions. The first story stresses the importance of thinking about the good and the bad that can happen before making a decision. A young man wants to be a good worker, and has learned that a good worker is always on time. When he realizes that he missed the bus, he makes a quick decision that gets him in trouble.

The second story follows a young man that forgets to pick up soda, and decides to bring wine coolers to his class party instead. The emphasis of this story is on learning from our mistakes and asking for help when making a decision. Three articles offer more information and practice activities that will assist our young adults in making effective decisions.

Regular monthly lessons are provided, which offer the opportunity to practice good decision-making skills while solving practical math and money skills. Banking and budgeting are addressed. Daily living skills involved in cooking, including shopping for ingredients and following a recipe, are also part of a regular monthly lesson, offering five recipes. Social and communication skills are the focus of lessons presenting social trivia and everyday scenarios where using effective decision-making skills is emphasized.

Employment continues to be a regular focus for several lessons each month. Lessons include exploring different jobs, reading job ads, completing job applications and practicing interview skills. Simple, realistic scenarios address job skills and interactions at work. Job skills are emphasized as team members take on various tasks.

Monday, March 4, 2019

March 2019

The topic of first aid as presented in this month's unit titled, "Ouch, That Hurts!" The unit lessons cover various aspects of dealing with injuries including activities in the Transition Passport: Daily Living/Safety. As we assist our young adults in the transition from school to work, it is necessary that they receive training in taking care of themselves and others at home and in the workplace. It is important to understand how to treat minor injuries with first aid as well as when a situation is an emergency and requires more help.

The unit topic stories help young adults learn about first aid and emergency procedures. The first story shows how quickly an emergency can arise. Two friends take a walk in the woods on a sunny day. When one of the friends is seriously injured, the other must act quickly to get help. What to say to a 911 operator, and the importance of staying calm during an emergency are emphasized. The second story follows a young man as he experiences a series of minor accidents at home. The emphasis of this story is on what to do for a minor injury as well as prevention measures that should be taken to avoid accidents in the future. Three articles further define first aid and emergency procedures.

Regular monthly lessons are provided with a focus on practical math and money skills. Banking and budgeting are addressed using real-life scenarios and situations. Daily living skills involved in cooking, including shopping for ingredients and following a recipe are also part of a regular cooking lesson. Social and communication skills are the focus of lessons presenting social trivia and everyday communication scenarios. This month’s everyday communication scenario introduces strategies for compromising when a disagreement occurs.

Employment continues to be a regular focus for several lessons each month. Lessons include exploring different jobs, reading job ads, completing job applications and practicing interview skills. Simple, realistic scenarios address job skills and interactions at work. The activity can be role played if it is not practical to participate in a real-life situation. Job skills are emphasized as team members take on various tasks.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

February 2019

This month’s unit focuses on one of the  topic of Getting Along With Others. As we assist our young adults in the transition from school to work, it is necessary that they receive training in getting along with other people in a variety of relationships. The unit provides a focus on how relationships are different and how our behavior should reflect these differences.

The unit stories help young adults learn about how to get along with others. The first Topic Story follows a young man who begins his first job. He has the skills needed to do the job, but understands that his social skills are just as important as his job skills. The story emphasizes appropriate ways to treat co-workers, supervisors and customers. The second Topic Story addresses the social skills that are used when meeting new people. Three articles further explore how to get along with others as each focuses on different types of relationships. Close relationships, work relationships, friendships and interactions with acquaintances and strangers are covered. The aligned activities cover socially acceptable interactions, including understanding when trust has been lost, sending appropriate text messages and following community rules.

Other monthly lessons support practical application of math concepts with content that addresses time calculation, money problems, banking and budgeting. Realistic content and practical application are emphasized in these lessons. Social skills are stressed using a monthly calendar of social trivia as well as communication scenarios that supplement the unit topic.

Employment continues to be a regular focus for several lessons each month. Lessons include exploring different jobs, reading job ads, completing job applications and practicing interview skills. Positive attitudes on the job are addressed with simple, realistic scenarios that present examples of how to interact with co-workers and supervisors.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

January 2019

This month's unit's stories help young adults learn about safety through instruction about routine and appropriate use of household appliances and tools. The first story shows how a young woman learns about making simple home repairs alongside her grandfather. Basic household tools are introduced in this story. The second story focuses on safety rules that must be followed when completing household tasks, like cooking or cleaning. In this story, a brother and a sister surprise their mother by completing her daily list of chores while adhering to simple safety rules. Each story is followed by comprehension questions that address key points and help facilitate discussion. Three articles further explore home safety issues by providing information about calling a professional for large home repairs, using household tools safely and establishing a cleaning routine. Each article is followed by an activity designed to emphasize important content.

Other monthly lessons support practical application of math concepts with content that addresses time calculation, money problems, banking and budgeting. Realistic content and practical application are emphasized in these lessons. Social skills are stressed using a monthly calendar of social trivia as well as communication scenarios. This month addresses how to be a good listener.

Employment continues to be a regular focus for several lessons each month. Lessons include exploring different jobs, reading job ads, completing job applications and practicing interview skills. Positive attitudes on the job are addressed with simple, realistic scenarios that present examples of how to interact with co-workers and supervisors.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

October 2018

The topic of nutrition as presented in this month’s unit titled, “Nutrition: A Healthy Me.” The unit provides lessons and activities about the importance of having a balanced diet and exercise including activities in the Transition Passport: Daily Living/Health evaluation tools. As we assist our young adults in the transition from school to work, it is necessary that they receive training in nutrition and exercise skills. Healthy living skills begin with making a plan, knowing your responsibilities and having the right tools. This unit will provide our young adults with the tools needed to learn about how to make good food choices and include regular exercise for a healthy lifestyle.

The unit stories help young adults learn the importance of good nutrition and exercise for a healthy life. In the first story, Emily and Kyle make different choices when eating at a buffet restaurant. Kyle learns that just because you can eat all you want doesn’t mean you should. In the second story, Kyle explores different options for exercise. He finds that going to a gym is not fun for him. Emily shares with Kyle how he can get exercise while having fun by playing sports and other fun activities. Three articles offer more information and activities that give our young adults the opportunity to learn about food groups, quantities and portion size, and how to make good snack choices.

Regular monthly lessons are provided which offer the opportunity to practice the skills needed to emphasize nutrition and exercise for a healthy life. Nutrition needs are addressed in banking and budgeting where the importance of budgeting for needs before spending money on wants is stressed. Daily living skills involved in food and exercise are part of a regular monthly lesson offering five recipes where our young adults can practice healthy food choices in the kitchen. Social and communication skills are the focus of lessons presenting daily social trivia scenarios offering more opportunity for our young adults to practice skills needed to stay healthy.

Employment continues to be a regular focus for several lessons each month. Lessons include exploring different jobs, reading job ads, completing job applications and practicing interview skills. Simple, realistic scenarios address job skills and interactions at work. The final lesson highlights volunteering as a way to practice job skills and gain practical work experience. This month's volunteer activity is organizing a Healthy Snack Expo to raise awareness of the importance of healthy food choices for a healthy life. The activity can be role played if it is not practical to participate in a real-life situation. Job skills are emphasized as team members take on various tasks.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

September 2018

The topic of laws and rights is presented in this month’s unit titled, “Understanding Laws and Rights.” The unit provides lessons and activities about individual rights to encourage and foster as much independence as possible. This unit also includes activities in the Transition Passport: Daily Living/ At Home/Evaluation Tools. As we assist our young adults in the transition from school to work, it is necessary that they receive training in self-advocacy skills and problem-solving skills. Self-advocacy skills begin with knowing your rights, knowing the laws and knowing your responsibilities. This unit will provide our young adults with the tools needed to learn how to stand up for their rights.

The unit stories help young adults learn the importance of understanding their personal rights. In the first story, Jasmine has a job that she likes and does well at. When a new co-worker begins harassing her at work, Jasmine struggles to decide what to do. The story follows Jasmine as she finally shares her concerns and gets the help she needs. In the second story, peer pressure is at play as a young man, Juan, is asked by a friend to steal. Juan finds the strength to say no to someone he thought was his friend. Three articles offer more information and activities that give our young adults the opportunity to learn about personal rights, rights in the community and rights at work.

Regular monthly lessons are provided which offer the opportunity to practice self-advocacy and problem-solving skills. The right to spend their own money is addressed in banking and budgeting where the importance of budgeting for needs before spending money on wants is stressed. Daily living skills are revisited in a regular monthly lesson, offering five recipes where our young adults can learn independence in the kitchen.Social and communication skills are the focus of lessons presenting daily social trivia scenarios offering more opportunity for our young adults to practice skills needed to problem-solve.

Employment continues to be a regular focus for several lessons each month. Lessons include exploring different jobs, reading job ads, completing job applications and practicing interview skills. Simple, realistic scenarios address job skills and interactions at work. The final lesson highlights volunteering as a way to practice job skills and gain practical work experience. This month's volunteer activity is helping at a Parent Open House Reception. The activity can be role-played if it is not practical to participate in a real-life situation. Job skills are emphasized as team members take on various tasks.