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Independence Basics from Susan Traugh's Daily Living Skills workbooks to help students understand a variety of basic life skills needed to live an independent life in adulthood including how to Google, how to create a signature, what to carry when you leave the house, how to find your way home, location sharing, and dealing with strangers and dangerous situations. These workbooks serve as both a traditional print version and an interactive version - using Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Independence Basics provides instruction in adult living skills and transitional skills for both mild-to-moderately affected special needs students and general education students alike and provides adult living skills for special needs teens to meet federal transition mandates, Indicator 13 requirements, and SCAN recommendations.

It is a stand-alone unit providing students with skills to live independently by providing them the background and knowledge to understand how to access community resources but can be further enhanced as a 5-book unit (with other books available soon) including Community Resources, Using the Library, Recreation Opportunities, and for teachers, Planning Field Trips.

Like the other books in this series, Independence Basics 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. 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 Independence Basics include:

  • What are Independence Basics?
  • How to Google
  • Don't Leave Home Without It (These)
  • Your Personal Signature
  • Where You Live
  • Finding My Place in the World
  • Getting Home
  • Staying in Touch--Informing before You Leave
  • Buddy Systems
  • Emergency Numbers You Should Have
  • Disability ID Cards
  • Emergency SOS
  • Understanding Your Challenges--Reading an IEP
  • Adult-ing--Keeping Organized
  • Tracking Apps
  • Safe Location Sharing
  • Stranger Danger
  • Kinds of Lures
  • When Danger Isn't a Stranger
  • Listen to Your Gut
  • Three Steps to Stay Safe
  • Safe Words

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.

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Independence Basics - 2 Workbooks

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