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.

Friday, November 3, 2017

November 2017

This month’s topic of managing emotions is presented in this month's unit titled, “Feelings and Emotions.” The unit provides lessons and activities that address the importance of managing feelings and emotions by addressing topics such as how to identify emotions, use calm down strategies and apologize sincerely. As we assist our young adults in the transition from school to work, it is necessary that they receive opportunities to learn the skills needed to manage their feelings and emotions to maintain friendships and work relationships. In this unit, young adults will be provided with the tools needed to learn about feelings and emotions so that they can take responsibility for their own emotional well-being.

The unit stories help young adults learn the importance of managing their feelings and emotions. In the first story, a young woman experiences a wide range of emotions after she oversleeps and is late for work. Team members follow the young woman as she learns how to handle a morning that is off schedule and chaotic. How she handles the situation provides a lesson in accepting personal responsibility when things go wrong. In the second story, a young man arrives at work angry. He must choose how to handle his feelings. Three articles offer additional information and opportunities to learn about identifying emotions, calm down strategies and the steps that make up a good apology.
Regular monthly lessons offer the opportunity for team members to practice various skills they may need in their personal lives. In the banking and budgeting lessons, budgeting for items to help students manage stress in their daily lives is incorporated. Daily living skills are addressed within the monthly cooking lesson, which offers five healthy recipes using traditional Thanksgiving items like turkey and cornbread. The daily social trivia lesson stresses social skill development, by offering team members the opportunity to apply their understanding of problem solving and social skills, like, managing emotions or apologizing when you have made a mistake, to real-life social scenarios.

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.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

October 2017

This month’s the topic is titled, “My Community.” The unit provides lessons and activities that address the importance of being an active participant within the community by addressing topics including community resources, community rules and positive citizenship skills. As we assist our young adults in the transition from school to work, it is necessary that they receive exposure to community living skills. In this unit, young adults will be provided with the tools needed to learn about the community so that they can become active and informed citizens. • The unit stories help young adults learn the importance of being an active part of the community. In the first story, a young man utilizes his wheelchair and communication device to independently run errands within the community. By staying organized and planning ahead, he is able to complete his errands in one trip. In the second story, a young girl who communicates in her own way, makes choices as she shops with her mother. She enjoys the satisfaction that comes as a result of being a valued member of her community. Three articles offer additional information and opportunities to learn about the community by exploring transportation options, the characteristics of a good citizen and important places within the community. • Regular monthly lessons offer the opportunity to practice community living skills using various daily living scenarios. Banking and budgeting lessons explore the concept of wants versus needs. In these lessons, the importance of budgeting for needs before spending money on wants is stressed. Daily living skills are addressed within the monthly cooking lesson. The cooking lesson offers five recipes in which young adults can express their opinions on various kitchen skills, recipes and food choices that are introduced. The daily social trivia lesson stresses social skill development by, offering team members the opportunity to apply their understanding of community living skills to real-life social scenarios. • 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 a car wash fundraiser to raise money for a good cause. Job skills are emphasized as team members take on various tasks and responsibilities, like ordering car wash supplies and counting money.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

September 2017

This month’s newsletter addresses the topic of manners as presented in this month’s unit titled, “Mind Your Manners.” The unit provides lessons and activities about the importance of recognizing the difference between good and bad manners including activities in the Transition Passport: Personal Life/ Everyday Communication. As we assist our young adults in the transition from school to work, it is necessary that they receive training in how to use good manners in social situations. Being polite and using good manners affects how others treat you. Knowing how to use good manners is an important skill to have to support employment. Some people may need opportunities to practice these skills. This unit will provide our young adults with the tools needed to learn about the consequences of having good and bad manners. • The unit stories help young adults learn the importance of using good manners. In the first story, Tori is visiting Matt’s house. This story highlights the importance of using good manners when visiting someone’s home. In the second story, Matt visits Tori’s house. This second story provides the setting for using bad manners. Three articles offer more information and activities that give our young adults the opportunity to learn what are considered good and bad manners and why. • Regular monthly lessons are provided which offer the opportunity to practice the skills needed to use good manners in social situations. Manners 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 cooking are part of a regular monthly lesson offering five recipes where our young adults can practice the skills needed to use proper etiquette and polite manners while eating. 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 use good manners. • 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 provides the opportunity to volunteer at a local book bank to help sort and pack books. 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.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

May 2017

This month’s unit titled, "Home Sweet Home," addresses the topic of potential living options, The unit provides lessons and activities about the importance of thinking about where your young adult wants to live and the types of supports they will need including activities in the Transition Passport: Personal Life/ Evaluation Tools. As we assist our young adults in the transition from school to work, it is necessary that they receive training in daily living and money skills. Living independently means that they may need to learn new skills. Knowing how to take care of oneself, money and a home are skills needed for independent living. Some people may need support people to come in to help with some of these skills. This unit will provide our young adults with the tools needed to learn about how to choose a home that best meets their needs.

The unit stories help young adults learn the importance of learning about future living options. In the first story, Katie is moving from a care center into her own home. This has been a dream for Katie. Her parents and support team work hard to find Katie a home. Katie’s house needs some changes to meet Katie’s needs. With a lot of hard work and planning, Katie’s dream comes true. In the second story, Kevin is researching future living options for himself. He is thinking about either continuing to live with his parents, moving into an apartment or moving into a group home. Kevin thinks about the good and bad things about each option. Three articles offer more information and activities that give our young adults the opportunity to learn about planning for future living and the skills needed to live independently.

Regular monthly lessons are provided which offer the opportunity to practice the skills needed to care for yourself and your home. Home 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 cooking are part of a regular monthly lesson offering five recipes where our young adults can practice the skills needed to cook and care for themselves. 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 care for a home.

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.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

April 2017

The topic of job skills is presented in this month’s unit titled, “Work It!” The unit provides lessons and activities focusing on skills needed to get and keep a job. Activities from the Transition Passport: Daily Living/Vocational Tools are incorporated. As we assist our young adults in the transition from school to work, it is necessary that they receive training in job skills. Knowing how to get a job, knowing how to keep a job and how to have a good work attitude are important components to a successful work experience. This unit will provide our young adults with the tools needed to explore and find job options that are available to them.

The unit stories help young adults learn about skills that will help them get and keep a job. In the first story, a young man wants to have a job and earn money like his parents. His team thinks he’s ready to go to work. He works with VR to determine what type of job will suit his special set of skills. Team members will be exposed to a variety of activities they can participate in to get ready for the transition from school to work. In the second story, team members are introduced to the skill of making decisions. Team members are introduced to good and bad work decisions. They learn that these decisions can affect their job or even cause them to lose a job.

Regular monthly lessons are provided which offer the opportunity to practice the skills needed to get and keep a job. Working can lead to earning a paycheck which is addressed in banking and budgeting, where the importance of being smart with money is stressed. Daily living skills involved in cooking are part of a regular monthly lesson offering five recipes where our young adults can practice following directions to complete the recipes provided. 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 make good choices related to job skills and getting along with co-workers.

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.