Transition Services Preparation Training for Teachers of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students
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Life Centered Career Education

Daily Living Skills
Managing Personal Finances


1.1 Count Money and Make Correct Change

Go to the store and allow child to purchase items with own allowance money – giving correct amount to cashier to having them check to see if change received was correct. Afterwards look at the receipt and how much the sales tax or any other taxes added to the total and to keep that in mind when making a purchase.

1.2 Make Reasonable Expenditures

Have child on allowance plan and allow them choose item they would like to purchase when they have saved enough. Discuss maybe putting a certain amount aside each time they receive their allowance or another method to save money. Once they reach their goal and purchase the item, discuss the importance of saving for things and not being an impulsive shopper.

1.3 Keep Basic Financial Records

Make a chart that the child can use to keep track of the date and amount that they received for allowance and adding the new total each time. Have another column that they record every time they spend their allowance and how much was spent. Then practice subtracting expenses from the total.

1.4 Calculate and Pay Taxes

Have the child participate in calculating taxes with the parent and explain the steps as they go through them. Whatever method the parents use (using a computer program, by hand, going to H & R Block) just make sure to involve the child. Walk through the W4 form and show the child the important parts that they should know.

1.5 Use Credit Properly

Go shopping with the child and make purchases on a credit card. Then when the parent receives the bill, pay it with the child and show the other aspects that come with the credit card. Discuss how it work, when you pay, what happens if you don't pay, interest rates, finance charges, and explain how easy it is to get into debt if not responsible with the card and how hard it is to get out of it.

1.6 Use Banking Services

Go to a local bank and open a checking/savings account for the child. Allow them to deposit their allowance, birthday and holiday money into this account. Show interest rates for saving and explain how checking accounts work with money being deducted. Write an example check and have the child write one as well, then show how to record all purchases and the importance of keeping track of how much money is in the account.


Select and Manage Household



2.7 Maintain Home Exterior/Interior


Incorporate all of these activities into the child's weekly chores. For the first week, explain what needs to be done and how to perform the chore correctly. List things such as vacuuming, doing the dishes, setting the table, dusting, painting, or any other chores around the house. Also include different seasonal chores to do around the house: gardening, mowing the lawn, shoveling snow, etc.

2.8 Use Basic Appliances and Tools

Allow student to help with things such as preparing meals while using the stove, microwave, toaster, etc.. Also allow them to help with home repair activities so that they can use tools (drill, hammer, etc….)

2.9 Select Adequate Housing


If buying or renting a home, apartment, or condo allow student to take part in the decision, aspects like looking at what their room would be, if it is suitable for them, if the yard is big enough, and discuss the advantage and disadvantage of each that influence the final decision.

2.10 Set Up Household

Pretend the child is moving into their own apartment and needs to buy things to set up their own place. Have them list things that they would need to buy and other things to do to prepare to live by themselves (set up cable, gas, electric…). After they are finished, go through the list and see how many things they missed. Discuss how they would like to set up their house – furniture, decorations, colors, etc… If a family member or friend is moving into a new house, allow child to help with the move and decorating.

2.11 Maintain Home Grounds

As part of weekly chores, have student do activities such as weeding, mowing, planting flowers, raking leaves, shoveling snow, etc

Caring for Personal Needs



3.12 Demonstrate Knowledge of Physical Fitness, Nutrition, and Weight

Go to a local health center and talk to an exercise consultant/nutritionist. Have the child develop their own diet and exercise schedule. Child can make a grocery list and shop for their own food, discussing reasons for food choices.

3.13 Exhibit Proper Grooming and Hygiene

Make a chart for the bathroom where the student can check off when they have brushed teeth, hair, showered, etc. Child must check off if they have completed it for that day, and eventually working up to completing everything on their own.

3.14 Dress Appropriately

Allow the student to choose clothes for different occasions as well as different seasons of the year. If s/he chooses inappropriately discuss better alternatives

3.15 Demonstrate Knowledge of Common Illness Prevention and Treatment

When a person is sick in the family, have the child help to “take care” of them by taking their temperature, suggesting the right foods to eat, and drinking lots of liquids. Discuss about different over the counter medication that can help, and which ones are appropriate for different situations.

3.16 Practice Personal Safety

Before child engages in different activities (swimming, crossing the street, cooking with the stove, going out with friends) have the child list what they should and should not do. Then allow them to go out and put these skills to the test, check if they followed the rules and allow them greater independence as they demonstrate responsibility.

Raising Children; Family Living



4.17 Demonstrate Physical Care for Raising Children

Have child assist an older sibling or friend with babysitting, being responsible with child, feeding, and putting to bed correctly. After a few times with a older friend/sibling, allow student to babysit by themselves.

4.18 Know Psychological Aspects of Raising Children

Talk with your child about the joys and the difficulties of raising children and how you cope.

4.19 Demonstrate Marriage Responsibilities

Discuss how marriage roles and chores are decided and point out examples, if family or friends are getting married; discuss how they met and their expected roles during the next few years.

Buying and Preparing Food



5.20 Purchase Food

Have children go through the refrigerator and make a list of what's needed keeping in mind of what meals will be cooked this week. Then make a list of what to buy at the store. Take child to the grocery store have them follow a list and to also add possible and reasonable things that they want or maybe things that are on sale