Transition – Personal/Social Skills

You heard, but did you listen?

We’ve all had that in-one-ear-out-the-other experience, including our students. The good news is that everyone can become a better listener with a little training and practice. This week’s FREE tool is a lesson plan for teaching the difference between hearing and listening to help students distinguish between different kinds of input and to learn to focus on the information that ...

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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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Building Family Partnerships

For this week’s FREE tool we’ve got something for the bulletin board in your office. It’s a Family Partnership Model to remind you of ways you can include families in the transition planning process. From developing a shared vision all the way to reflecting on and celebrating achievements, families can provide a wealth of resources and supports for teachers and ...

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Integrating Transition Planning Into the IEP Process

Graduation brings many exciting changes for students with disabilities who are moving into a life after high school, so the groundwork for success needs to be laid early on. This week’s FREE tool is a table to help you and your interagency transition team identify team goals and choose activities to help you meet them well before graduation. From methods ...

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IEP Transition Goals Checklist

The Survival Guide for New Special Education Teachers

This week finds us shifting gears into the season of winter holidays, so we’re thinking about transitions! This week’s FREE tool is an IEP Transition Goals Checklist. With this handy one-pager, you’ll leave no transition stone unturned. From ensuring proper instruction, to including your students in planning, to addressing postsecondary opportunities in the community, this checklist will keep you on ...

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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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Lesson Plan: Understanding Unwritten Social Rules

This week’s FREE tool is a lesson plan for understanding unwritten social rules from the CEC book Social Skills for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other Developmental Disabilities, Vol. II. The lesson contains seven research-based steps to help you teach social protocols such as: don’t sit next to a stranger in a mostly empty movie theater. The authors of ...

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Transition Collaboration Strategies Survey

For many educators, slower summer schedules give teachers time to breathe and do a little housekeeping. So we chose a self-reflective tool for this week’s FREE Tool of the Week. This Transition Collaboration Strategies Survey asks Transition Specialists to reflect on their collaborative skills to identify areas they might develop over the coming school year. The survey comes from the ...

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Understanding Sarcasm and Irony

This week’s Tool is a lesson plan built around helping students understand and recognize the use of sarcasm and irony, tools for helping students develop social skills and be included in the general education classroom. Use these seven steps to guide you through establishing students’ needs to evaluating students’ retention. This Tool of the Week comes from Social Skills for ...

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