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  • Westminster High School
  • Westminster, CO
  • More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Students in our Life Skills program spend their high school years preparing and practicing for adulthood, employment, and being active members in their community. Academic skills shift into functional skills, such as learning how to pay for items independently, budgeting, cooking meals, communicating with a variety of people in many settings, providing for their sensory needs, and learning to have hobbies so that they may have a fulfilling and independent life after school. One of the most difficult aspects of teaching students with significant disabilities in the high school setting is the lack of age and skill level appropriate materials; our students want to be treated as adults, but are still learning skills at the pre-k to 2nd grade level (their cognitive and academic level). It is important for materials to be engaging, realistic, visual, and support the many sensory needs of this population. The sensory aids included in this project will help students to regulate their sensory systems and learn what works best for them personally to focus. When our students' sensory needs are met, they are better able to learn. Our students also need to be able to communicate their wants, needs, interests, opinions, and knowledge in order to be independent in adulthood. The language games included in this project help build language skills in an engaging way so that our students are able to remember and continue to use basic language skills such as labeling, sorting, conversing, and understanding social interactions that will aid them in the work environment and as a citizen of their communities.

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Students in our Life Skills program spend their high school years preparing and practicing for adulthood, employment, and being active members in their community. Academic skills shift into functional skills, such as learning how to pay for items independently, budgeting, cooking meals, communicating with a variety of people in many settings, providing for their sensory needs, and learning to have hobbies so that they may have a fulfilling and independent life after school. One of the most difficult aspects of teaching students with significant disabilities in the high school setting is the lack of age and skill level appropriate materials; our students want to be treated as adults, but are still learning skills at the pre-k to 2nd grade level (their cognitive and academic level). It is important for materials to be engaging, realistic, visual, and support the many sensory needs of this population. The sensory aids included in this project will help students to regulate their sensory systems and learn what works best for them personally to focus. When our students' sensory needs are met, they are better able to learn. Our students also need to be able to communicate their wants, needs, interests, opinions, and knowledge in order to be independent in adulthood. The language games included in this project help build language skills in an engaging way so that our students are able to remember and continue to use basic language skills such as labeling, sorting, conversing, and understanding social interactions that will aid them in the work environment and as a citizen of their communities.

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