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Here are three assignments relating to decision-making and impulse control. Children with ADHD or behavioral issues discuss the need for making good decisions and for controlling their impulses. They make a timeline of ten decisions and their consequences from their own lives. Then complete a Personal Impulse Control Plan, and write a reflection piece that describes and explains the three things that they feel are the most important to self-control.
Many developmentally disabled students struggle with accurately conveying messages and interpreting those of others around them, especially when they are non-verbal. This lesson contains fun activities and exercises, such as talking with their hands and reacting scenes, as well as great instructional support to practice these skills. Learners review body language and paraphrasing as tools for improving communication.
Learners discuss the nature of stereotyping and prejudicial behavior and their feelings regarding people with visible disabilities. They view part of documentary Graduating Peter then work in groups to chart people's reactions and expectations of Peter. Individuals then compose five myths about people with developmental disabilities.
This is a very comprehensive instructional activity on infant and preschool sexual development. It says only one class period, but I think it could be several days worth of materials to cover. The point of view taken here is from that of being a parent. Learning about what is normal sexual development in infants and young children is important. These facts will be helpful when it's time to plan for one's own family and how to handle these situations when they occur.
Make opening a locker with a key an easy task for your special needs upper grader. Here you'll find a prompting hierarchy and 15 steps to guide your learner through the process. You'll verbally prompt while physically modeling the locker skill. The learner will then attempt to complete the physical task with simple verbal and gestural cues.
After you make a photo album of image depicting the process of using a debit card, kids in your class can start practicing. They learn how to use a debit card in various shopping and community settings to gain independent shopping skills. Great for high-functioning or older learners with mild disabilities.
Get the soap, get the basket, get those dirty clothes in the wash. Provide special needs learners with a step-by-step guided practice lesson to help them build laundry skills. They'll go through each step as outlined; gestural, verbal, and physical prompting is encouraged, depending on the functioning level of your pupil.
Taking twenty dollars out of the ATM seems like second nature, once you get the hang of it. The class practices the steps needed to withdraw money from the ATM and then performs the task at an actual bank. The lesson has the instructor fade out prompts as the skill set develops.
Intended for learners with autism and developmental disabilities, this lesson uses the strategy of counting-on to enhance independent shopping skills. Learners will practice counting on to the next dollar value in order to purchase items at a grocery store. After practice, they head out and try their new skills in the community.
Develop an understanding of the open-ended questions that are a part of the college Common Application. Future college learners collaborate, discuss prompts acquired from the application, and philosophize on their plan of attack for the application essays. The plan leaves room for writing practice and reflection. Modification can be made to the subject to include creative writing prompts or expository topics. Links are included for the essay prompts.
“Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all.”—Sam Ewing. Black Tiger Academy’s martial arts lesson one of 20 begins with a warm-up activity using a medicine ball to pass around as kids get to know each other’s names. This also gives the instructor time to go over rules and etiquette for the class. The main part of the lesson covers balance and the introduction of the crane stance, the cat stance, and the snap kick. It’s worth taking a look at this entire unit.
Students evaluate human health by identifying pubescent changes. In this sexual maturity lesson, students identify the importance of waiting until the appropriate age to have sexual intimacy. Students complete a worksheet based on puberty vocabulary terms and social circles.
This is not a lesson per se but there is some very good information. We, as teachers, are bound by law to report abuse. If you are comfortable, I think it's a good idea to let your classes know that you care and that this is a duty you have. It may open a door for a student who needs your help.
What are healthy friendships? What makes a friendship unhealthy? There are several worksheets for your high schoolers to do to answer some of these questions and more about their friends and ideas about friendship. Inspire some great conversations with your class, who will definitely have something to say about the topic.
Exploitation is a real issue for the disabled community. Secondary Special Education students learn what exploitation is, their personal rights, and how to say no. They focus on finding a trusted adult to get help if they have been taken advantage of. Such an important lesson. Intended for students with moderate developmental disabilities.