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Building Self-Motivation 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 a stand-alone unit providing students with skills build motivation, stay motivated through a task and reach specified goals.


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, Indicator 13 skills needed for adult independence and Common Core Standard Compliant information.


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-Motivation include:

  • Definition of self-motivation
  • Kinds of motivation--positive/negative
  • Intrinsic/extrinsic; what motivates me?
  • Myths about Motivation
  • Why Should I Care (about motivation)?
  • Thinking about motivation
  • You control your success
  • "Hard" is an opportunity
  • Hard work is good
  • Let's hear it for persistence!
  • Skills can be improved
  • How do I start?
  • Overcoming friction
  • Staying motivated--the Goldilocks Rule
  • My motivational goal chart.


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 Likeable, 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, Practicing Patience, Safe Dating, Seeking Employment, Staying Healthy, Time Management, Transportation, Voting, Who Am I? College and Career


A Power Point Presentation introducing the program to students, parents and staff is available free of charge on this site.


A Teacher’s Manual providing tips on implementation and written ITP goals for the workbooks is also available for purchase on this site.

Building Self-Motivation

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