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Life Skills Activities for Secondary Students with Special Needs
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About This Book xii About the Author xiv Parent Activities and Suggestions xv Part One: Self-Awareness 1 Chapter 1: My Character 2 Lesson 1.1: Qualities of a Good Character 3 Lesson 1.2: Honesty 5 Lesson 1.3: Kindness 7 Lesson 1.4: Loyalty 9 Lesson 1.5: Responsibility 12 Lesson 1.6: Flexibility 14 Lesson 1.7: What Are Values? 17 Chapter 2: Uniquely Me 19 Lesson 2.1: Values Important to Me 20 Lesson 2.2: My Ethnic Background 22 Lesson 2.3: My Disabilities 24 Lesson 2.4: What's a Reputation? 27 Lesson 2.5: Changing Your Reputation 29 Lesson 2.6: How You Appear to Others 31 Chapter 3: Personal Life Choices 33 Lesson 3.1: Smoking: Is It for Me? 34 Lesson 3.2: Marijuana and Other Drugs 37 Lesson 3.3: Teens and Drinking 40 Lesson 3.4: Changing Your Appearance 42 Lesson 3.5: Tattoos and Piercings 45 Lesson 3.6: Rate the Date 48 Lesson 3.7: Ready to Move Out? 51 Lesson 3.8: Ready to Work Part-Time? 53 Part Two: People Skills 55 Chapter 4: Relating to Others 56 Lesson 4.1: Encouraging Others 57 Lesson 4.2: Working in a Group 59 Lesson 4.3: Working Toward a Common Goal 62 Lesson 4.4: Being Friendly 65 Lesson 4.5: Helping Others 68 Lesson 4.6: What Is a Mood? 71 Lesson 4.7: Noticing the Moods of Others 74 Lesson 4.8: How My Mood Affects Others 77 Chapter 5: Friendship Skills 79 Lesson 5.1: My Peer Groups 80 Lesson 5.2: Who Are My Friends? 82 Lesson 5.3: Making Friends 84 Lesson 5.4: People Who Are Like You 86 Lesson 5.5: People Who Are Different from You 89 Lesson 5.6: Where and How to Look for Friends 92 Lesson 5.7: Qualities of a Good Friend 95 Lesson 5.8: Social Situations 97 Lesson 5.9: A Positive Role Model 99 Lesson 5.10: What About Gangs? 101 Lesson 5.11: Social Networking Online 103 Chapter 6: Being Part of a Family 105 Lesson 6.1: My Family Tree 106 Lesson 6.2: Benefits of a Family 108 Lesson 6.3: Respecting Authority 110 Lesson 6.4: My Parent's Point of View 112 Lesson 6.5: My Sibling's Point of View 115 Lesson 6.6: Thoughts About Divorce 118 Lesson 6.7: Dealing with Stepparents 121 Lesson 6.8: Sharing the Chores 123 Lesson 6.9: Whom Can I Talk To? 125 Chapter 7: Communication Skills 128 Lesson 7.1: Best Method to Communicate 129 Lesson 7.2: Being a Careful Listener 131 Lesson 7.3: Summarizing 133 Lesson 7.4: Paraphrasing 135 Lesson 7.5: Is This the Right Time and Place? 137 Lesson 7.6: Communicating by Cell Phone 140 Lesson 7.7: Giving Clear Directions 142 Lesson 7.8: Verbal and Nonverbal Messages 145 Lesson 7.9: Collecting Your Thoughts 147 Lesson 7.10: Public Speaking 150 Lesson 7.11: Expecting Respect 153 Lesson 7.12: Being Convincing 155 Lesson 7.13: Giving Your Speech 157 Part Three: Academic and School Skills 160 Chapter 8: Reading Skills 161 Lesson 8.1: Reading for School 162 Lesson 8.2: Reading on the Job 164 Lesson 8.3: Improving Reading Skills 166 Lesson 8.4: Reading for Comprehension 169 Lesson 8.5: Following Written Directions 172 Chapter 9: Writing Skills 175 Lesson 9.1: Communicating Through Writing 176 Lesson 9.2: Everyday Writing Tasks 178 Lesson 9.3: Proofreading 180 Lesson 9.4: E-mailing Dos and Don'ts 183 Lesson 9.5: Using Computers to Improve Writing 186 Lesson 9.6: Writing and More Writing 189 Lesson 9.7: Writing on the Job 192 Chapter 10: Math Skills 194 Lesson 10.1: Everyday Math Skills 195 Lesson 10.2: Improving Math Skills 197 Lesson 10.3: Common Math Situations 200 Lesson 10.4: Understanding Graphs 202 Lesson 10.5: Understanding Charts 205 Lesson 10.6: Sample Math Problems 208 Lesson 10.7: Using Computers for Math Information 211 Chapter 11: Study Skills 213 Lesson 11.1: School Tasks for Success 214 Lesson 11.2: Tools for the Task 216 Lesson 11.3: Taking Notes 218 Lesson 11.4: Studying Smarter 221 Lesson 11.5: Following Directions 223 Lesson 11.6: Doing Homework 226 Lesson 11.7: Managing Daily Assignments 228 Lesson 11.8: Managing Long-Term Assignments 230 Lesson 11.9: Completing Assignments 232 Lesson 11.10: Good Student Behaviors 234 Lesson 11.11: Requesting Help or Information 236 Part Four: Practical Living Skills 238 Chapter 12: Information Skills 240 Lesson 12.1: What Do You Need to Know? 241 Lesson 12.2: Where to Get Information 243 Lesson 12.3: Information from Newspapers 246 Lesson 12.4: Information from Magazines 248 Lesson 12.5: Information from the Internet 250 Lesson 12.6: Information from Books 253 Lesson 12.7: Information from Television 256 Lesson 12.8: Information from Other People 258 Lesson 12.9: Taking Classes 261 Chapter 13: Money Skills 263 Lesson 13.1: What Is a Budget? 264 Lesson 13.2: Making a Budget 267 Lesson 13.3: Paying Interest 269 Lesson 13.4: "On Sale" 272 Lesson 13.5: Unit Pricing 275 Lesson 13.6: How Much Do Things Cost? 278 Lesson 13.7: Writing a Check 280 Lesson 13.8: Maintaining a Checking Account 283 Lesson 13.9: What Is a Savings Account? 286 Lesson 13.10: Credit Cards 288 Lesson 13.11: Using Debit and Credit Cards and ATMs 290 Lesson 13.12: How Much Money Will You Need? 293 Lesson 13.13: Making Change 295 Chapter 14: Travel 298 Lesson 14.1: Local Transportation 299 Lesson 14.2: Overnight Travel 301 Lesson 14.3: Traveling by Plane 303 Lesson 14.4: Planning a Trip 305 Lesson 14.5: Estimating Costs 307 Lesson 14.6: Using a Timetable 309 Lesson 14.7: Reading a Map 311 Chapter 15: Clothing 313 Lesson 15.1: Caring for and Repairing Clothing 314 Lesson 15.2: Buying Appropriate Clothes 316 Lesson 15.3: Organizing Your Clothes 319 Lesson 15.4: Washing and Drying Tips 321 Chapter 16: Living Arrangements 324 Lesson 16.1: A Place to Live 325 Lesson 16.2: Living with Parents 327 Lesson 16.3: Home Upkeep 329 Lesson 16.4: Home Repairs 332 Lesson 16.5: Going Green 335 Lesson 16.6: Decluttering 337 Chapter 17: Eating and Nutrition 340 Lesson 17.1: Nutrition 341 Lesson 17.2: Making Good Food Choices 344 Lesson 17.3: Eating Out versus Eating In 346 Lesson 17.4: Preparing a Meal 349 Chapter 18: Shopping 351 Lesson 18.1: What Do I Need? 352 Lesson 18.2: Smart Shopping 354 Lesson 18.3: Comparison Shopping 356 Lesson 18.4: Returning Items 358 Chapter 19: Exercise/Health and Hygiene 360 Lesson 19.1: Exercise in Daily Life 361 Lesson 19.2: Exercise Excuses 363 Lesson 19.3: Personal Health Habits 365 Lesson 19.4: Stress and Stressors 367 Lesson 19.5: Stressful Events and Situations 370 Lesson 19.6: Coping with Stress 372 Lesson 19.7: Depression 377 Part Five: Vocational Skills 380 Chapter 20: Present Skills and Interests 381 Lesson 20.1: My Strengths 382 Lesson 20.2: My Interests 385 Lesson 20.3: My Hobbies 387 Lesson 20.4: Realistic Vocational Goals 389 Lesson 20.5: Academic Strengths 392 Lesson 20.6: Working with a Disability 394 Lesson 20.7: Finishing High School 397 Lesson 20.8: Extracurricular Activities 400 Chapter 21: Getting a Job 403 Lesson 21.1: Searching for a Job 404 Lesson 21.2: Vocational Vocabulary 407 Lesson 21.3: Filling Out an Application 411 Lesson 21.4: What Is a Resume? 415 Lesson 21.5: Interviewing for a Job 418 Lesson 21.6: First Impressions 421 Lesson 21.7: Getting Work Experience 423 Chapter 22: Working 425 Lesson 22.1: Having a Good Attitude 426 Lesson 22.2: Being a Great Employee 429 Lesson 22.3: Making a Mistake on the Job 431 Lesson 22.4: Handling Criticism on the Job 434 Lesson 22.5: Being Prepared for the Task 436 Lesson 22.6: Changing Jobs: Why? 439 Lesson 22.7: Changing Jobs: How? 441 Part Six: Problem-Solving Skills 444 Chapter 23: Handling Problem Situations 445 Lesson 23.1: Understanding the Problem 446 Lesson 23.2: Coping with Surprises 450 Lesson 23.3: Adjusting to Change 453 Lesson 23.4: When the Problem Is You! 456 Chapter 24: Making Decisions 459 Lesson 24.1: Decision-Making Factors 460 Lesson 24.2: Needs versus Wants 463 Lesson 24.3: Immediate Needs versus Waiting 466 Lesson 24.4: Following Through 469 Lesson 24.5: Changing Bad Decisions 473 Chapter 25: Resource Management 476 Lesson 25.1: What Are My Resources? 477 Lesson 25.2: Reliable Resources 480 Lesson 25.3: Fact versus Opinion 483 Lesson 25.4: Time Management 485 Lesson 25.5: Staying on Task 488 Chapter 26: Goal-Setting 491 Lesson 26.1: What Is a Goal? 492 Lesson 26.2: Setting Priorities 494 Lesson 26.3: Doing Things in Sequence 496 Lesson 26.4: Realistic Goals 499 Lesson 26.5: Adjusting Goals 502 Chapter 27: Risk-Taking 504 Lesson 27.1: What Is a Risk? 505 Lesson 27.2: Why Take Risks? 507 Lesson 27.3: Acceptable Risks 510 Lesson 27.4: Handling Fear 512

About the Author

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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