Individuals with developmental disabilities gain independence with these language and reasoning lessons in homemaking, health, money management, entertainment, and government.
- Understand language and vocabulary for independent living
- Improve decision-making for everyday activities
- Know community expectations
The 170 one-page activities teach functional skills and target:
- general knowledge
- following directions
- knowing what to expect
- planning a course of action
The book covers a huge range of information essential to functioning as an adult. The activities are organized in six areas of independent living:
- Homemaking—laundry, finding and furnishing a home/apartment, property maintenance, kitchen essentials, meal preparation, and purchasing groceries
- Health Concerns—diet and nutrition, weather conditions/safety, first aid, making appointments, health insurance, hospital and emergencies, medicines and prescription drugs, immunizations, vision and dental care, and fire safety
- Consumer Affairs—types of stores, comparison shopping, evaluating bargains and saving money, warnings and labels, how to use the newspaper, paying bills, filling out an order form, and alternative shopping methods
- Money Matters—establishing and sticking to a budget, banking, use of credit, bills and statements, applying for loans and employment, creating a resume, and job search and interviews
- Going Places—restaurants and menus, brochures and advertisements, maps and travel, entertainment, and public transportation
- Government—local and state government, elections, time zones, postal system, national holidays, driving safety, road signs, taxes, and the judicial system
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The manual, That's LIFE! Life Skills, is an excellent tool to use with high school students with learning disabilities and processing disorders. The material is comprehensive and interesting to the students. That's a hard task to handle! My students ask to do activities out of the book!
Stacy Stroh, SLP
Elk River, MN
- ASHA (2005) recommends specialized speech therapy services must consider functional communication skills at home, at work, and in the community when working with adolescents and adults with mental retardation.
- The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (2004) is a federal mandate that dictates that transitional topics, including vocational skills, community participation, and independent living skills are included in a student's individual education plan starting at age 14. This publication covers these vital transitional topics in a step-by-step fashion.
- Individuals with developmental disabilities need direct instruction on following directions, requesting assistance, and using appropriate vocabulary in the workplace (Levinson & Palmer, 2005).
- Middle school and high school students with mental disabilities need to be exposed and taught a variety of life skills across various settings so they may transition out of high school and into group or semi-independent living with limited stress on themselves and their families (Levinson & Palmer, 2005).
That's LIFE! Life Skills incorporates these principles and is also based on expert professional practice.
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). (2005). Roles and responsibilities of speech-language pathologists serving persons with mental retardation/developmental disabilities [Guidelines]. Retrieved February 4, 2010, from www.asha.org/docs/pdf/GL2005-00061.pdf
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. (2004). Retrieved February 4, 2010, from http://idea.ed.gov/download/statute.html
Levinson, E.M., & Palmer, E.J. (2005). Preparing students with disabilities for school-to-work transition and postschool life. Retrieved February 4, 2010, from www.nasponline.org/resources/principals/Transition%20Planning%20WEB.pdf