Distance learning with older students can be overwhelming! Working with older students in this manner comes with a variety of challenges. We want to make sure that what we are sharing with students helps them with their communication skills. Below I will share my favorite no prep distance resources!
It can be hard to get students talking during this time, so Conversation Starters are a must! I also love using Conversation Starters For The Year (available on TPT). There are social questions for each month, and many of them are more general in nature. Conversation Starters For The Year are perfect for face to face learning in the classroom, or share your screen with a student when doing speech teletherapy, ABA telehealth, or teaching special education online to students at home.
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Understanding vocational skills is also important for students in this age group! We want to make sure that students have exposure to vocabulary and skills that they may use in each job setting. Our freebie bakery unit is perfect for any student who is learning at school, homeschooling, or distance learning. This unit includes real life pictures, a comprehension passage and social questions. A wonderful extension activity is working on a baking activity as well.
Another skill area that we typically focus on at this age level is social skills! Giving students practice with simulated social scenarios is an important first step on the journey to applying social skills. Navigating the Social Scene Bundle (also on TPT), is an excellent resource for middle school and high school aged students.
Simply share your screen with students in teletherapy, or bring the slides up on your favorite device during a face to face session. Discuss what is happening in each picture and have your student answer questions about how the people are feeling. Then talk about what is taking place and how the s/he could navigate each potential situation.
I hope you enjoy these no prep resources! They are my go to activities for teens in middle school and high school, and provide me with a no stress way to help my students increase their functional skills!
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