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Building Self-Esteem is from Susan Traugh’s Daily Living Skills workbook series offering life skills and transitional skills for mild-to-moderately affected special needs students and general education students alike. It is the second of the Self-Knowledge Bundle Pack which includes Becoming Self-Aware, Building Self-Esteem and Creating Self-Confidence. This workbook serves as both a traditional print version and an interactive version using Adobe Acrobat Reader.


Like the other books in this series, it contains airy pages and bullet-point information for easy independent study, yet, these books, nevertheless, respect teens’ maturity and humor while presenting federally mandated transition skills and Indicator 13 skills needed for adult independence.


Written on a 3rd/4th grade level, workbooks are meant to be self-paced and adaptable with student interests and goals driving most units. Each lesson is taught in a short one-to-four page format with follow-up worksheets/activities to check comprehension. Real world activities are provided whenever possible.


Lessons in Daily Living Skills Building Self-Esteem discusses how to take an honest look at ourselves and how to present your best self. Lessons include:


  • What is self-esteem?
  • Stopping the voice in your head
  • Ten Tools to Self-Esteem:
  • 1) Smile and Stand Tall
  • 2) Stop the Voice
  • 3) Think Positive
  • 4) Appreciation Meditation
  • 5) Know Yourself
  • 6) Know Your Value System
  • 7) Be Kind
  • 8) Exercise
  • 9) Appreciation Notation
  • 10) Gratitude
  • Build a Self-Esteem Regime


The unit also includes a Self-Esteem Journal Template to record insights and progress. Additionally, this book provides a student grading sheet, answer key and a Parent Letter suggesting at-home activities for families in accordance to federal mandates.


A preview of this book is provided here, or sample the series with our free book—Doing Laundry.


Titles in the Daily Living Skills transition series include: Becoming Likable, Becoming Self-Aware, Building Character, Building Self-Esteem, Celebrating Holidays, Cleaning House, Decision Making, Doing Laundry, Dress for Success, Everyday Manners, Fair Fighting, Getting a Paycheck, Grocery Shopping, Interviewing Skills, Kitchen Basics, Making Conversation, Making Meals, Managing Stress, Nutrition, Overcoming Failure, Paying Bills, Safe Dating, Seeking Employment, Staying Healthy, Time Management, Transportation, Voting, Who Am I? College and Career


Teacher's Manual (sold separately) provides tips on organizing and setting-up a transition program, pre- and post-test assessments, class grading sheets, written ITP goals for each workbook to plug into annual IEP's, and code numbers and definitions for federal transition standards for each book.


A Powerpoint presentation is available free on this site to introduce your class/parents/administrators to the program.


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Building Self-Esteem - 2 Workbooks

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