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Teaching for the Lifespan
Successfully Transitioning Students With Learning Differences to Adulthood



December 2015 | 200 pages | Corwin

Your step-by-step guide to successful transition planning

Transition planning is a challenging process. Finally, here’s a practical guide that makes transition planning easier so you can prepare your students with learning differences to successfully navigate adulthood. Backed by the latest research in learning and development, Teaching for the Lifespan provides the pedagogical best practices needed to promote your students’ strengths and abilities for life-long success. You’ll benefit from:

  • A deep understanding of the  educational, vocational, social, and emotional dimensions of adulthood for students with learning differences
  • Explicit techniques to help students with learning differences develop an awareness of proactive behaviors
  • Strategies to help all learners achieve the demands of the Common Core and high-stakes assessments through Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
  • Practical tips on effective IEPs, personal stories from adults with learning differences, and suggestions from real teachers 

Few things feel better than seeing your students succeed years after they have finished school. With this practitioner-friendly guide, you’ll be equipped to help all students with learning challenges succeed as adults. Let’s get started! 

 
Introduction
 
Part One: Context
 
1. The Construct of Learning Differences
A Fundamental Question

 
A Paradigm Shift to a Strengths-Based Model

 
Historical Perspectives

 
Definitions of Learning Disabilities: How Much do They Matter?

 
Differences, Not Disabilities

 
Moving Forward

 
 
2. Adult Developmental Theory and Learning Differences
Theories of Adult Development

 
Implications of Theories of Adult Development for Individuals with Learning Differences

 
 
3. Keys to Success
Abraham Maslow

 
Steven Covey

 
Dale Carnegie

 
Deepak Chopra

 
Summary and Synthesis of Models of Success

 
What is Success in Adulthood?

 
 
4. Success of Adults with Learning Differences
New Perspectives

 
Accentuate the Positive

 
Focusing on Success

 
Stories of Success

 
 
Parto Two: Good Teaching
 
5. Building a Better Classroom
Facing New Challenges

 
A Multifaceted Approach to School Success (MASSive)

 
Two Examples of the MASSive Approach

 
The Most Critical Variable: Praise, Praise, Praise

 
 
6. The Common Core: Teaching for a Lifetime or Teaching for One Way of Life?
Good Intentions, Change, and Confusion

 
The Good

 
The Meh

 
The Ugly

 
 
7. Self-Understanding
Building a Sense of Self

 
Implications for Adulthood

 
Skills for Building Relationships

 
Social Skills and Teachable Moments

 
The IEP as Relationship Builder

 
A Systematic Approach to Building Self-Awareness, Self-Efficacy, and Agency

 
 
8. Breaking the Failure Cycle
The Winning Picture

 
Skills and Game Success

 
Acquiring Social Skills

 
Meditation not Medication

 
Stress, Anxiety, and Other Realities of Adulthood

 
Don’t Forget the Arts

 
Life Skills

 
Outside the Box Inclusion

 
It’s not the Program. - It’s You

 
 
9. Teaching the Attributes of Successful Adults with Learning Differences
Seven Attributes of Successful Adults with Learning Differences

 
It Comes Down to This

 
Self-Advocacy

 
Goal Planning and Goodness of Fit

 
Learned Creativity

 

“Henry Reiff and Nicole Ofiesh provide an urgently-needed, practical and comprehensive look at transition from a new perspective. The authors believe all students with learning differences can learn to succeed as adults, and they offer parents and teachers clear and applicable ways to make it happen."  

Eric Dezenhall, Co-founder and CEO of Dezenhall Resources
and Author of Glass Jaw, The Devil Himself, and seven other books

"A 'must read' book by Drs. Henry Reiff and Nicole Ofiesh, masterfully combining theory and best practices for empowering kids and adults with learning differences."

Dr. Ken Druck, Author
The Real Rules of Life: Balancing Life's Terms with Your Own, The Secrets Men Keep, and How to Talk to Your Kids

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Introduction

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ISBN: 9781483373843
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