Welcome to the Life Skills Train

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This website provides resources for families, teachers, troop leaders, and other caregivers to help them include special needs children in all aspects of life along with their typical siblings and peers.  It is our belief that teaching life skills to special needs children is very possible and rewarding.

It is also, however, often quite difficult because they learn differently from other children. We will train you to prepare and lead activities that will include all the children in your family or group.  It is empowering for us to be able to teach them useful life skills thus giving them a brighter future. Our website and ebooks have many activities that will help you introduce and teach these skills to your children.

Each activity is organized in the following way:

Image shows a series of pictures for visual instruction in life skills 1. PREPARATION: An adult preparation section. For example:  A cooking activity will have the ingredients list and suggestions on how to set up your workspace to limit distractions.

2. BREAK DOWN ACTIVITY INTO SIMPLE TASKS:  Separate the ingredients on to separate trays and unbreakable containers to break down the process into easily manageable simple steps.

3. PROVIDE VISUAL INSTRUCTIONS: Each task is explained using colorful picture slide shows.

Children are known to learn better when they see how things are done. For example: on the left are pictures from the slide show of the Apple and Peanut Butter Tortilla recipe on our website.

We also provide resources for parents & caregivers to help with the many aspects of dealing with special children, including special diets, special education, inclusion, toys, special supplies and therapies.  Since it is a particular interest of ours, we have a section devoted to scouting and including special children in troops.  You can comment on any of our articles and start a dialogue with others to learn from their experiences.

We have a section to showcase your special child’s accomplishments and inspire others to believe in their children’s potential.  We even have a section where you can submit your own  articles on subjects that you are an expert in.  We hope you will join us in helping others learn more about including special children and teaching them life skills.

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