Life and Social Skills

Teens on the team

Learning self-advocacy is an integral part of a student’s progression towards a smooth transition to life after high school. One way to engage students in decision making about their future is to actively involve them in their own IEP meetings. To get you started on that path, this week’s FREE tool is a set of questions designed to help students ...

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Fun with friendship

To kick off April as Autism Awareness month, this week’s FREE tool is a table full of ideas for teaching friendship skills using Lego® Bricks. From picking flowers together to going down a slide, you can introduce play scenarios that will help students learn to interact with others in ways that will help them express their interests, develop a sense ...

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Finding Friends in Your Community

Plan, plan, plan! That’s the ticket to an effective transition to post-school where youths have the chance to become involved members of their communities. The best transition plans are masterworks of collaboration that connect students to the community resources they need after high school. But how to find and vet these community resources? This week’s FREE tool is a handy ...

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Teaching Social Skills: A Process

Social skills are integral to the education of students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) because they are so important to job success, academic success, independent living, and friendship. This week’s FREE tool is a simple table outlining the process for teaching social skills to students with ASD. The process follows a direct instruction model and includes steps such as establishing ...

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7 Steps for Success

April showers bring more than May flowers. They also bring notices of admissions status from many colleges and universities. If your students are busy making tough decisions about where to go to college next year, you’ll like this week’s FREE tool. It’s a table: Commonly Requested Accommodations for higher education. You and your students can use this list to brainstorm ...

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Eco-behavioral Assessment

For many, the holiday season that is upon us will be spent socializing with far-flung family and friends, so we thought it appropriate this week’s FREE tool focus on social skills! We’ve got a quick, 4-step how-to guide for how to assess social skills according to setting. The authors call this an “eco-behavioral assessment” and stress its importance for developing ...

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Social and Cognitive Aspects of Play

Did you hear about the new character on Sesame Street? The show recently introduced Julia, a Muppet who has autism spectrum disorder (ASD). CEC is proud to be among the organizations who worked with Sesame Street to develop this character, and we’re excited about Julia because not only can she validate the experiences of the 1 in 68 children who ...

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Student Behaviors that Facilitate Inclusion Success

November is already upon us, and that gets us thinking about happy things like Thanksgiving and togetherness. In the spirit of the month, this week’s FREE tool focuses on inclusion. It’s a table called, “Student Behaviors that Facilitate Inclusion Success,” that will help you assess and target the key social skills students need to function in an inclusive classroom. Many ...

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Constructing a Monthly Budget

This week at CEC, we’ve been thinking a lot about financial literacy, especially after reading in this article about how states can do more to educate children about personal finance. So this week’s FREE Tool of the Week is a lesson plan for teaching students how to create a monthly personal budget. It includes classroom notes and student activities for ...

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Community Mobility Checklist

Mobility is key to independence for all students. That’s why this week’s FREE tool is a Community Mobility Checklist designed to help you assess and prioritize mobility skills for students with mild to severe disabilities. This comprehensive list covers emergency preparedness, pedestrian skills, school bus safety, community transportation and public facilities, and recreational mobility. It comes from CEC’s publication, Getting ...

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