Monday, April 2, 2018

April 2018

This unit provides lessons and activities that assist team members in making informed decisions about what they do in their free time. This includes selecting, planning and participating in a variety of leisure activities. As we assist our young adults in the transition from school to work, it is necessary that they receive direct instruction on how to use their free time to participate in activities that are both enjoyable and rewarding. This unit will provide our young adults with the tools needed to identify their interests, find and plan new activities to try and maintain a healthy work-life balance.

The unit stories help young adults learn the importance of making well-informed decisions about leisure time activities. In the first story, a young woman finds out that having too much free time can get boring. She learns that it is important to find a healthy balance between work and play. In the second story, a young man watches his family have fun as they try new things at an amusement park. He learns that to know what he does or does not like, he must try it first! Three articles offer more information about important leisure time choices that team members must make for themselves, including how to choose and plan for the right leisure activity.

Regular monthly lessons offer our young adults the opportunity to practice making choices. The importance of planning ahead for expenses related to free time activates is addressed in banking and budgeting lessons. Team members are given the opportunity to explore their interest in cooking as a leisure activity during the monthly recipe lesson. Community living skills related to recreation and leisure activities are the focus of the daily social trivia lesson, offering more opportunity for our young adults to make smart choices about how they spend their free time.

The opportunity to build upon employment skills and job awareness is emphasized across several lessons each month. Vocationally-focused lessons include the opportunity to discuss maintaining a realistic balance between work and play while also refining important work skills. The final lesson highlights volunteering to practice job skills and gain practical work experience.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

March 2018

This month’s topic is Daily Living Skills as presented in this month's unit titled, “Keeping My Home Safe.” The unit provides lessons and activities that address the importance of maintaining a clean, safe living space. As we assist our young adults in the transition from school to work, it is necessary that they receive training related to the social skills and problem-solving skills that can help them make safe choices at home and beyond. Making safe choices begins with understanding the responsibilities that are associated with living in a safe home. This unit will provide our young adults with the information needed to maintain a safe living space, including the knowledge needed to form safety plans, stay organized and deal with basic home upkeep and repair needs.

The unit stories help young adults learn the importance of having a set plan in place to manage safety needs, including fire safety and pest control. In the first story, a set of roommates realize they are not prepared to safely handle a house fire. They work hard to create a fire safety plan, buy the right fire safety tools and educate themselves on how to deal with house fires. They learn that it feels good to have safety plans in place at home. In the second story, an unexpected visit from a landlord leads to the discovery of pest-control problems in Sadie and Lindsey’s home. The girls take the pest-free promise and learn that there are things they can do to keep harmful pests out of their home. Three articles offer more information about home safety, including electrical safety, preventing accidents indoors and preventing accidents outdoors.

Regular monthly lessons offer our young adults the opportunity to practice making safe choices related to maintaining a safe home. Planning to purchase cleaning supplies, safety tools and pest-control products are addressed in the banking and budgeting lessons. Daily living skills that are needed to stay safe in the kitchen are addressed in cooking activities, which include five different recipes. Social and problem-solving skills are the focus of lessons presenting daily social trivia scenarios offering more opportunity for our young adults to make good choices about their home safety needs.

The importance of building positive employment skills continues to be a focus of several lessons each month. Vocationally-focused lessons include opportunities to practice reading job ads, completing job applications and practicing interview skills. Simple, realistic scenarios address job skills that are beneficial for our young adults to practice. The final lesson highlights volunteering to practice job skills and gain practical work experience.

Monday, January 29, 2018

February 2018

This unit, titled “Alcohol, Drugs and Tobacco” provides lessons and activities that address the importance of social skills and problem-solving skills related to alcohol, drugs and tobacco. As we assist our young adults in the transition from school to work, it is necessary that they receive training related to the social skills and problem-solving skills that can help them make smart and healthy life choices. Making smart choices begins with understanding the facts about alcohol, drugs and tobacco, as well as knowing when and how to say no. This unit will provide our young adults with the tools needed to stand up to peer pressure, lead a healthy lifestyle, and make smart, well-informed life choices.

The unit stories help young adults learn the importance of making smart choices in situations that involve alcohol, drugs or tobacco. In the first story, a young man allows peer pressure to get in the way of his better judgement and makes the mistake of drinking too much alcohol. He learns that not all friends are good friends, and vows to be more responsible with alcohol in the future. In the second story, a young woman makes the personal choice not to drink, do drugs or smoke. When she goes to a party, she is prepared to say no to people that try to pressure her into doing things she does not want to do. Three articles offer more information about alcohol, drugs and tobacco, as well as effective methods for dealing with peer pressure.

Regular monthly lessons offer our young adults the opportunity to practice making smart and healthy choices. Hobbies and activities that can be done in place of drinking, smoking or doing drugs are addressed in banking and budgeting lessons. Daily living skills that are needed to live a healthy lifestyle are addressed in cooking activities, which include five different recipes. Social and problem-solving skills are the focus of the daily social trivia lesson, offering more opportunity for our young adults to make smart choices in situations that involve alcohol, drugs, tobacco and peer pressure.

Employment continues to be a regularly emphasized topic throughout several lessons each month. Vocationally-focused lessons include opportunities to practice reading job ads, completing job applications and practicing interview skills. Simple, realistic scenarios address job skills that are beneficial for our young adults to practice. The final lesson highlights volunteering as a way to practice job skills and gain practical work experience.

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.