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Overcoming Failure 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. 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 written on a 3/4 grade level for easy independent study, yet, these books, nevertheless, respect teens’ maturity and humor while presenting federally mandated, Indicator 13 skills needed for adult independence.


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 Series' Overcoming Failure include:


  • Definition of failure
  • The five major reasons people fail (We give up, We're afraid, We make excuses, We don't learn from our mistakes, We're unprepared)
  • Three lessons failure can teach us (perseverance, learn, change)
  • The five steps to turn failure into success (Accept it, Look inside, Look outside, Adjust your attitude, and Grow success)
  • Failure stories of famous people and how they used their failures to succeed.)


In addition, this book provides a student grading sheet, answer key and 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: Building Character, Cleaning House, Decision Making, Doing Laundry, Dress for Success, Employment Skills, Everyday Manners, Fair Fighting, Getting a Paycheck, Grocery Shopping, Interviewing Skills, Kitchen Basics, Making Conversation, Making Meals, Managing Stress, Nutrition, Paying Bills, Safe Dating, 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.


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

Overcoming Failure - 2 Workbooks

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