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Ironing and Mending is from Susan Traugh’s Daily Living Skills workbooks offering life skills and transitional skills for mild-to-moderately affected special needs students and general education students alike. The interactive version of the two workbooks requires Adobe Acrobat Reader DC which is a free download from:


Ironing and Mending provides adult living skills for special needs teens to meet federal transition mandates. It is a stand-alone unit providing students with skills to live independently by being able to care for their own wardrobe.


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 the 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' Ironing and Mending include:


  • Why do I need to iron and mend?
  • Tools of the Trade--Ironing
  • The Iron, The Ironing Board, The Spray Bottle
  • Finding Out about Fabrics
  • Talking Temperatures
  • Steps to Ironing
  • A Word on Starch
  • About Distilled Water
  • Tips for Ironing
  • How to Iron Pants and Shirts
  • Mending--A Simple Way to Save
  • Tools of the Trade--The Sewing Kit
  • Threading a Needle
  • Sewing on a Button
  • Extending the Skill
  • About Fabric Binding and Glue
  • Hemming Pants--An Easy No-Sew Method
  • 4 Basic Stitches--Running, Backstitch, Whip, Ladder
  • Using Our Stitches to Repair a Seam and a Hole


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.


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: Addressing Bullying, Becoming Likeable, Becoming Self-Aware, Building Character, Building Self-Esteem, Building Self-Motivation, Buying Insurance, Celebrating Holidays, Cleaning House, Creating Self-Confidence, Decision Making, Doing Laundry, Dress for Success, Everyday Manners, Fair Fighting, Getting a Paycheck, Grocery Shopping, Home Maintenance, Hygiene for Girls, Hygiene for Guys, Interviewing Skills, Kitchen Basics, Making Conversation, Making Meals, Managing Stress, Nutrition, Outdoor Chores, Overcoming Failure, Paying Bills, Picking Produce--Fruits, Picking Produce--Veggies, Practicing Patience, Safe Dating, Seeking Employment, Staying Healthy, Time Management, Transportation, Understanding Government, Using the Telephone, Voting, Washing Dishes, Who Am I? College and Career, Work Games


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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Ironing & Mending - 2 Workbooks

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