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Goal Setting is from Susan Traugh’s Daily Living Skills series offering life skills and transitional skills for mild-to-moderately affected special needs students and general education students alike. Goal Setting provides adult living skills for special needs teens to meet transition mandates. It is a stand-alone unit providing students with skills to understand how to make SMART goals and create a system to help them attain those goals, 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, Indicator 13 skills and transition 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' Practicing Self Advocacy include:

  • What is goal setting?
  • The two parts of goal setting--aim and execution
  • Motivation
  • Creating SMART goals (specific, measurable, actionable, real, timed)
  • Goal elimination
  • Choosing a goal--the DOTE system
  • The gut test
  • What to do when you fail
  • Setting up a system
  • The STAG system (System That Achieves Goal)
  • Creating a Cornerstone Habit
  • Locking in and triggering habits
  • Overcoming obstacles
  • Defaulting to success
  • Prep work
  • Visual cues
  • Creating a Success Calendar
  • Checking-in and revising
  • Creating a feedback loop
  • Additionally, this book provides a student grading sheet, answer key and a Parent Letter suggesting at-home activities for families in accordance with federal mandates for parent involvement.

Goal Setting - 2 Workbooks

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