Practicing Patience 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. These workbooks serve 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 transition skills and Indicator 13 skills needed for adult independence.
Practicing Patience addresses these federal transition standards:
NS 3.1.4: You develop interpersonal skills, including communication, decision-making, assertiveness...as well as the ability to create healthy relationships.
NS 3.4.1 Youth practice self-management and responsible decision-making that reflects healthy choices.
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 include:
- What is patience
- Why we become impatient
- Why practice patience
- 5 physical reasons we become impatient
- My Triggers
- Why and so for my triggers
- How not to feed the frenzy
- 10 Tools to becoming patient
- 1) Count to 10
- 2) Take a breath
- 3) Take a time-out
- 4) Act out
- 5) Know your priorities
- 6) Just wait
- 8) Practice gratitude
- 9) Laugh and Love
- 10) Think before you speak
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 Likable, Building Character, 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, Safe Dating, Staying Healthy, Time Management, Transportation, Voting, Who Am I? College and Career
A 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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