Tuesday, January 2, 2018

January 2018

This month’s unit, "Looking Good Every Day," addresses the topic of taking care of grooming and hygiene needs. The unit provides lessons and activities about the importance of personal grooming including activities in the Transition Passport: Personal Life/ Personal Care. As we assist our young adults in the transition from school to work, it is necessary that they receive training in daily living and personal care skills. Taking care of personal grooming needs means that your young adult may need to learn new skills. Knowing how to take care of themselves and their clothes 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 daily grooming tasks that are part of keeping clean and well.

The unit stories help young adults learn the importance of feeling and looking good every day. The first story shares the daily hygiene routine of a young man who uses a wheelchair. The need to have a daily grooming routine to be sure you are clean and healthy is stressed. Even cleaning the young man’s wheelchair is part of a regimen of personal care. Team members will learn that having someone to assist in personal care may be an important part of keeping clean and well. The second story shows what can happen when personal hygiene is neglected. Sasha is confused about the negative reaction of co-workers on a day when she has not taken the time to shower, brush her teeth and put on clean clothes before going to work. She learns the consequences of making a poor choice related to personal hygiene. The three articles offer practical information on specific grooming tasks; how often to do each and how to perform these properly. Team members will learn skills needed to be clean and neat.

Regular monthly lessons are provided which offer the opportunity to practice the skills needed to care of themselves. Personal care needs are addressed in banking and budgeting where the importance of budgeting for needs before spending money on wants is stressed. The monthly cooking lesson offers five healthy recipes for our young adults to practice using their 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 care for personal hygiene.

Our regular focus on employment continues in 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 volunteering at a nursing home arts and crafts fair. 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.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

December 2017

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. As always, the final lesson provides a suggested volunteer activity. This activity is designed to provide practical experience with job skills in a work environment

Wednesday, November 1, 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.

Friday, October 6, 2017

October 2017

This month’s unit 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.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

September 2017

Mind Your Manners

This 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. Job skills are emphasized as team members take on various tasks. 

Monday, April 24, 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.

Monday, April 3, 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.