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.

Monday, March 20, 2017

March 2017

The topic of phone etiquette is presented in this month’s unit titled, “Who’s Calling?” The unit provides lessons and activities focusing on phone manners and uses. Activities from the Transition Passport: Daily Living/Using the Phone are incorporated. As we assist our young adults in the transition from school to work, it is necessary that they receive training in phone etiquette. Knowing how to make a call, how to answer the phone, and how to use appropriate phone manners are important components to phone etiquette. This unit will provide our young adults with the tools needed to learn how to appropriately use a phone for communication and to gain information.

The unit stories help young adults learn the importance of phone manners and how a phone is used for personal calls and service-related situations. In the first story, two housemates are working together to solve phone issues. They understand the need for using manners during phone calls and the need for taking messages. In the second story, two housemates have a problem. They need to decide who to call for help and how to find the phone number. Their phone is used as a tool to help solve their problems.

Regular monthly lessons are provided which offer the opportunity to practice the skills needed to know how to use a phone and the manners that should be used. Phone usage is addressed in banking and budgeting where phone related bills are paid. Daily living skills involved in cooking are part of a regular monthly lesson offering five recipes where our young adults can practice appropriate manners and etiquette while cooking and 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 make good choices related to phone usage and 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.

Friday, February 3, 2017

February 2017

The topic of home cleaning routines and organization is presented in this month’s unit titled, “Housekeeping.” The unit provides lessons and activities about the importance of using a cleaning plan to help schedule and organize everyday cleaning tasks including 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 cleaning and organization skills. Housekeeping 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 keep their home clean and organized.

The unit stories help young adults learn the importance of coming up with a plan and using the right cleaning tools for the job. In the first story, two roommates need to come up with a cleaning plan that is fair. Together they come up with a plan that tells who will do the cleaning job and when they will do it. In the second story, two roommates go shopping for cleaning tools. They read labels to determine which tools are right for the job. They make sure to look for the best buy when choosing their tools. Three articles offer more information and activities to give our young adults the opportunity to learn about getting rid of clutter and choosing appropriate cleaning tools for different areas of the home.

Regular monthly lessons are provided which offer the opportunity to practice the skills needed to organize and clean a home. Housekeeping 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 appropriate cleaning skills 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 keep a home clean.

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.

Monday, January 9, 2017

January 2017

The topic of personal safety is presented in this month’s unit titled, “Who Can I Trust?” The unit provides lessons and activities focusing on recognizing unsafe situations and what to do about them. Activities from the Transition Passport: Daily Living/Safety Tools are incorporated. As we assist our young adults in the transition from school to work, it is necessary that they receive training in personal safety. Knowing what to do in unsafe situations, knowing who you can trust and how to stay safe on the internet are important components to personal safety. This unit will provide our young adults with the tools needed to learn about how to stay safe and make safe, responsible choices.

The unit stories help young adults learn the importance of knowing who you can trust and the right to feel safe at all times. In the first story, a young boy is excited about getting money for his birthday and can’t wait to show his friends. He quickly learns which friends he can trust and the importance of keeping personal information and valuable things private and in a safe place. In the second story, a young girl is hanging out with her boyfriend. She likes hanging out with him, but learns the importance of speaking up and saying “NO” when someone or something makes you feel uncomfortable. Her boyfriend respects her feelings and she is able to feel safe and comfortable again.

Regular monthly lessons are provided which offer the opportunity to practice the skills needed to make responsible choices to stay safe. Personal safety needs are addressed in banking and budgeting where the importance of being safe 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 appropriate safety skills when using kitchen tools and appliances. 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 personal safety.

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.

Friday, December 2, 2016

December 2016

This month’s unit focuses on different holiday traditions. As we assist our young adults in the transition from school to work, it is necessary that they receive training in understanding the differences in people. During the December holidays, families celebrate in many ways. Each family has traditions that have been passed down from one generation to the next. It is important to understand and respect different traditions.

The unit stories help young adults learn about different traditions. The first story provides simple descriptions of activities and events that are a part of many family traditions. The second story follows a group of friends as they share their different traditions with one another. The stories are designed to encourage our young adults to share their own traditions. Three articles focus on the traditions of lights, giving and making gingerbread. Activities follow these articles to further expand the topics.

This holiday unit provides the usual 21 lessons. All lessons include an emphasis on content related to the holiday theme. Communication is the focus of lessons on social interaction such as extending an invitation to someone. Social skills are addressed in a lesson using social trivia scenarios in a daily calendar format. Other lessons address basic money calculations, banking and budgeting. The five recipes provided this month also have a holiday theme.

Employment is also addressed this month in lessons that encourage job exploration as well as completing applications and interviews.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

November 2016

This month’s newsletter addresses the topic of personal health care as presented in this month’s unit titled, “Do I Need a Doctor?” The unit provides lessons and activities about taking care of yourself when you’re sick and determining when you need to see a doctor. Activities from the Transition Passport: Daily Living/Health Tools are incorporated. As we assist our young adults in the transition from school to work, it is necessary that they receive training in personal health care. Knowing how to take care of yourself when you’re sick, take medicine safely and when to seek help from a doctor are important components to personal health care. This unit will provide our young adults with the tools needed to learn about how to take care of themselves and stay healthy.

The unit stories help young adults learn the importance of taking care of themselves whether they are sick or healthy. In the first story, a young girl doesn’t feel well and is trying to decide if she should go to work. After trying different things to help her feel better, she decides she is too sick to go to work. In the second story, a young man is going to visit his doctor. He visits his doctor for a checkup to make sure his medicine is working to keep him healthy. He gets a refill for his prescriptions from his doctor and demonstrates how to safely take medication.

Regular monthly lessons are provided which offer the opportunity to practice the skills needed to take care of yourself and stay healthy. Health care and medication costs are addressed in banking and budgeting. Daily living skills involved in cooking are part of a regular monthly lesson offering five recipes where our young adults can practice appropriate hygiene skills and daily living skills. 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 personal health care.

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.