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Life Skills Activities for Secondary Students with Special Needs, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-0-470-25939-9
544 pages
December 2009, Jossey-Bass
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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.

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.

Lesson 13.12: How Much Money Will You Need?

Lesson 13.13: Making Change.

Chapter 14: Travel.

Lesson 14.1: Local Transportation.

Lesson 14.2: Overnight Travel.

Lesson 14.3: Traveling by Plane.

Lesson 14.4: Planning a Trip.

Lesson 14.5: Estimating Costs.

Lesson 14.6: Using a Timetable.

Lesson 14.7: Reading a Map.

Chapter 15: Clothing.

Lesson 15.1: Caring for and Repairing Clothing.

Lesson 15.2: Buying Appropriate Clothes.

Lesson 15.3: Organizing Your Clothes.

Lesson 15.4: Washing and Drying Tips.

Chapter 16: Living Arrangements.

Lesson 16.1: A Place to Live.

Lesson 16.2: Living with Parents.

Lesson 16.3: Home Upkeep.

Lesson 16.4: Home Repairs.

Lesson 16.5: Going Green.

Lesson 16.6: Decluttering.

Chapter 17: Eating and Nutrition.

Lesson 17.1: Nutrition.

Lesson 17.2: Making Good Food Choices.

Lesson 17.3: Eating Out versus Eating In.

Lesson 17.4: Preparing a Meal.

Chapter 18: Shopping.

Lesson 18.1: What Do I Need?

Lesson 18.2: Smart Shopping.

Lesson 18.3: Comparison Shopping.

Lesson 18.4: Returning Items.

Chapter 19: Exercise/Health and Hygiene.

Lesson 19.1: Exercise in Daily Life.

Lesson 19.2: Exercise Excuses.

Lesson 19.3: Personal Health Habits.

Lesson 19.4: Stress and Stressors.

Lesson 19.5: Stressful Events and Situations.

Lesson 19.6: Coping with Stress.

Lesson 19.7: Depression.

Part Five: Vocational Skills.

Chapter 20: Present Skills and Interests.

Lesson 20.1: My Strengths.

Lesson 20.2: My Interests.

Lesson 20.3: My Hobbies.

Lesson 20.4: Realistic Vocational Goals.

Lesson 20.5: Academic Strengths.

Lesson 20.6: Working with a Disability.

Lesson 20.7: Finishing High School.

Lesson 20.8: Extracurricular Activities.

Chapter 21: Getting a Job.

Lesson 21.1: Searching for a Job.

Lesson 21.2: Vocational Vocabulary.

Lesson 21.3: Filling Out an Application.

Lesson 21.4: What Is a Résumé?

Lesson 21.5: Interviewing for a Job.

Lesson 21.6: First Impressions.

Lesson 21.7: Getting Work Experience.

Chapter 22: Working.

Lesson 22.1: Having a Good Attitude.

Lesson 22.2: Being a Great Employee.

Lesson 22.3: Making a Mistake on the Job.

Lesson 22.4: Handling Criticism on the Job.

Lesson 22.5: Being Prepared for the Task.

Lesson 22.6: Changing Jobs: Why?

Lesson 22.7: Changing Jobs: How?

Part Six: Problem-Solving Skills.

Chapter 23: Handling Problem Situations.

Lesson 23.1: Understanding the Problem.

Lesson 23.2: Coping with Surprises.

Lesson 23.3: Adjusting to Change.

Lesson 23.4: When the Problem Is You!

Chapter 24: Making Decisions.

Lesson 24.1: Decision-Making Factors.

Lesson 24.2: Needs versus Wants.

Lesson 24.3: Immediate Needs versus Waiting.

Lesson 24.4: Following Through.

Lesson 24.5: Changing Bad Decisions.

Chapter 25: Resource Management.

Lesson 25.1: What Are My Resources?

Lesson 25.2: Reliable Resources.

Lesson 25.3: Fact versus Opinion.

Lesson 25.4: Time Management.

Lesson 25.5: Staying on Task.

Chapter 26: Goal-Setting.

Lesson 26.1: What Is a Goal?

Lesson 26.2: Setting Priorities.

Lesson 26.3: Doing Things in Sequence.

Lesson 26.4: Realistic Goals.

Lesson 26.5: Adjusting Goals.

Chapter 27: Risk-Taking.

Lesson 27.1: What Is a Risk?

Lesson 27.2: Why Take Risks?

Lesson 27.3: Acceptable Risks.

Lesson 27.4: Handling Fear.

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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.

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