Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Transition Resources: a collection of teaching resources to assist students with special needs

The resources listed have been identified by the Learning Exchange as valuable tools to assist teachers in facilitating activities for students with special needs and to achieve successful student participation in transition from school to work.

The following print or journal resources are available through the Learning Exchange. You can request access to these items by visiting the Learning Exchange or contacting us via email to lex@parra.catholic.edu.au. A pdf version of this resource booklet can be downloaded from the Learning Exchange website.

The Web based resources below are hyperlinked for instant access.

The resources listed have been split into sub-headings of Transition.

Life Skills
Life skills: 225 ready-to-use health activities for success and well-being (Grades 6-12).
Section 4 covers life skills whilst section 6 covers nutrition.

Life skills activities for secondary students with special needs.
This resource has 190 ready to use lessons with reproducible worksheets ranging from Interpersonal, communication, money management, timetables nutrition & problem solving skills.

Life skills activities for special children: including 145 ready to use lessons
Includes nutrition, time-telling, hygiene, using public transport, telephone usage etc.

Life skills practice.
This manual has worksheets to help transition from school to the workplace with an understanding of common job skills, being part of a team, understanding money, using manners, making phone calls, etc.

Steps for the future.
This Macintosh software program conveys a positive message, as players follow the story of a young man overcoming a disability. It also addresses issues including bullying, peer pressure and binge drinking, as well as difficulties in finding a balance between work, study and life.

The straight talk manual : a self-esteem and life skills workbook for young people aged 9-14.
Some topics covered are friendships, healthy body, waste management.

You can do it! (Kit) VHS + Activity handouts
This kit provides activity worksheets on self assessment of life skills used.

You can do it too! (Kit) 2 x VHS + Activity handouts
This kit allows the student to be motivated through activities involving effort, goal setting, time management, persistence etc.

Social Skills

Social skills activities for special children: including 142 ready-to-use lessons with reproducible activity sheets.

Section 3 ‘Developing positive social skills’ will benefit the student in body language usage and voice tone amongst other important skills needed for effective communication.

Social skills lessons and activities for grades 7-12.
This workbook will aide the student into starting a conversation through role-play and assist in many other social aspects needed in their transition to the workplace.

The social skills handbook: practical activities for social communication.
Covers appearance, using the telephone, etc. This resource gives ideas for a teaching approach to life skills needed in the workplace using video, realia and ephemera materials as props.

Time/Time Management

Lets tell the time to the half and quarter hour.

This picture/text boardbook is in 3 parts; a clock, digital time and text time. The student has to match the correct 3 parts.

Lets tell the time to the hour.
This picture/text boardbook is in 3 parts; a clock, digital time and text time. The student has to match the correct 3 parts.

Maths activities using time clocks: for lower secondary students.
Usable worksheets for instruction on Train timetables, 24 hour clock, yearly calendar and digital and analogue clock exercises.

Tell the time: mathematics
This workbook has worksheets for telling the time in digital and analogue with action story problems, in telling the time using addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

Tell the time: support materials.
There are team games, calendar Bingo, explanation of the seasons, days of the week and 5 x table to name a few examples.

This workbook has reprintable worksheets discussing digital and analogue clocks, bus timetables, counting time in 5’s, etc.

Money/Maney Handling

Life skills: picture maths.

These worksheets will benefit students with visual learning through clear illustrations for adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing.

Money: level 3.
This workbook has illustrations of the Australian currency, shopping lists with illustrations including fresh fruit and vegetables.

Money and finance: mathematics activities on a financial theme for lower secondary students.
This workbook has examples of the Australian currency. There is an explanation of how to use EFTPOS and ATM machines.

Survival maths: food shopping.
This workbook has mathematical money problems with illustrations of food items and text.

Survival maths: money.
This workbook will assist the student to identify change to be given, adding money and rounding off.

Money skills: for Macintosh and Windows. Ages 4 –7.
Can be used with an interactive whiteboard with five activities teaching counting, adding money and making change with over 50 difficulty levels in Australian currency.

Health and Nutrition

Health: developing awareness of health and personal development (Level 7).

This workbook includes time management, communication, advertising and healthy eating.

Personal awareness: years 7-10 teaching kit.
This workbook has activity sheets and ideas for discussion on topics of self-esteem, effective communication, individual differences, managing stress and goal setting.

Teacher Resources

Connecting with others; lessons for teaching social and emotional competence, Grades 9-12.

Some areas covered in this manual are communication, cooperation, personal growth and preparing for adulthood, through games, quizzes and worksheets.

Images: a you can do it! Education resource
Reproducible illustrations for communicating a culture of achievement and social well being (Year 7-12).

You can do it! : program achieves grades 9-10.
This workbook is divided up into lesson plans for the following units; getting started, confidence, persistence, organisation & getting along.

You can do it! : program achieves grades 11-12.
This workbook is divided up into lesson plans for the following units; getting started, confidence, persistence, organisation & getting along.

Web-based Resources - Retail

Junk food ads aimed at children (Author unknown)

Shows the student how powerful the psychological persuasion is of advertising towards children, using graphics that aren’t reality.
4:05 mins.

What’s in the shopping bag? PBS kids Go!
A colourful webpage with illustrations of a retail product where the student has to answer interactively what is in the advertised box. The answers are revealed by hitting the ‘send’ button.

Psychology of supermarkets. (student – Author unknown)
Shows an adolescent walking into the supermarket with a list of 6 items and his food choices walking the aisles.
4:17 mins.

Supermarket psychology: entrances, layout & shelving. Food Investigators Series, SBS.
Takes a tour around our Australian supermarket layout giving explanation why products are placed at a certain place on the shelves.
3:05 mins.

Web-based Resources - Customer Service

Customer service video. (Students-Author unknown)
This video is an ideal communication tool to show students how to approach the customer and what NOT to do.
6:40 mins.

Mr. Bean – Bad customer service. Official Mr. Bean.
Shows a cartoon caricature of Mr. Bean in a china shop whilst assistant is on the phone….a NOT what to do video.
2:48 mins.

Web-based Resources - Telephone skills/Communication

Telephone etiquettes and manners. Let’s talk.
This video instructs the student how to answer and make a personal call, or business call.
Slideshow/voice presentation with adolescent images.
4:49 mins.

Web-based Resources - Safety in the Workplace

Captain Safety—Episode 4, Avoid workplace hazards. (Author unknown)
This cartooned clip is lighthearted but straight to the point on eliminating workplace injuries due to day to day hazards.
2:56 mins.

Captain Safety—Episode 7, Preventing back injury. (Author unknown)
This cartooned clip is lighthearted but straight to the point on eliminating injuries to the back in the workplace and at home.
4:50 mins.

Manual Handling back to basics. Safety media.
This instructional video highlights lifting procedures in a PowerPoint sequence using line drawings.
3:12 mins.

Web-based Resources - Personal Hygiene

Smell check (Author unknown)
This video has a cartoon character showing how to groom himself before he enters the public. Very comical and adolescent jargon. Aimed at male hygiene.
4:36 mins.

Food Safety Music– you’d better wash your hands—Animation (Author unknown)
A parody of The Beatles ‘I wanna hold your hand’. Gets the point across through song and animation.
2:19 mins.

Web-based Resources - eBooks and Journals

eBook Titles

Food choices: the ultimate teen guide. 2010
This guide provides teens with a new look at food and eating, guiding teens into a greater knowledge of food and healthy eating discussing numerous topics related to food and eating.

Helping kids and teen with ADHD in school: a workbook for classroom support and managing transitions. 2009
This fully photocopiable workbook will help you to work collaboratively with young people to learn, test strategies, set goals and develop comprehensive support plans around individual needs.

Life skills activities for secondary students with special needs. 2nd ed. 2010.
Ready-to-use lessons for teaching basic life skills to adolescents with special need. This book offers teachers a unique collection of more than 200 worksheets to help adolescents build the life skills they need to achieve independence and succeed in every day life.

Journal Titles

Teaching exceptional children. 2001 to current.
Feature full-text articles dealing with practical methods and materials for classroom use aimed at teachers of children with disabilities and children who are gifted; an official journal of the Council for Exceptional Children, Arlington, U.K.