Training for LIFE

Tips, Tricks and Links for Post Secondary Transition

Winter Ornaments

Each year we work on a winter holiday sale item during the fall and sell during December. Our most popular item has been the glittered ornaments. In the video above, you can see the students in action making the ornaments. Below are some of the supports used to assist the students with the process.


I personally HATE working with glitter or even having it anywhere around me as it seems to multiply and can be found everywhere for the rest of your life! But... with the right supports and organization the mess has been contained and I actually look forward to this activity each year.

OCALICON Follow up

We had a great time at OCALICON 2019. It is great meeting so many people with the same mindset: Empowering our students to be the best that they can be!


We were hoping for 25-35 people to attend our session "Structured Work Tasks As a Method to Link Personal Transition Goals and Academic Standards." We were completely amazed when the room kept filling with a final count of over 85 attendees! Wow! So excited to share what we have done and hear some great ideas from the attendees.


This year Sheila Graschinsky was a keynote speaker. She is the mother of 4 boys. Her eldest, Ian, has cerebral palsy, a condition that effects his mobility and language. She is the founder and president of Fundacion IAN, which promotes inclusion. Ian was the inspiration for an animated short film by the same name. Please take a look! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hz_d-cikWmI


If you get a chance to attend OCALICON in the future please go! It is a great conference and next year Temple Grandin will be one of the keynote speakers. November 11-13 2020 at Greater Columbus Convention Center.

Transition Activities: Structured Work Tasks for Transition Age Students, Theory & Hands On

Monday, Jan. 13th 2020 at 8:30am-3:30pm

Madison-Champaign Educational Service Center, Urbana, OH, USA

Urbana, OH

Theory with a Make It, Take It Component!


Workshop Overview

Promoting independence is key for our students as they prepare for life after graduation. In this series, we will discuss the theory behind using structured work tasks for skill development and increasing independence. Each session will expand on the the basic theory related to the theme and then participates will be given lots of practical ideas to use with their students and the understanding of how to expand on these ideas according to student's needs. By the end of the day, participants will make an activity that they can use with their students, all materials included.

Session 1:The Basics - Assembly & Packaging Activities Thursday, December 5, 2019 (8:30 am - 3:30 pm)

Session 2: Technology & Structured Tasks Monday, January 13, 2020 (8:30 am - 3:30 pm)

Session 3: Structuring Household Activities Monday, February 10, 2020 (8:30 am - 3:30 pm)

Session 4: Cooking Monday, March 9, 2020 (8:30 am - 3:30 pm)

Session 5: Group Activities Monday, April 20, 2020 (8:30 am - 3:30 pm)


$285.00 per person for employees of districts/agencies in Madison, Champaign, Clark, Hardin, Logan and Shelby counties

$315.00 for employees of districts/agencies in counties other than those listed above.


Presenter: Patricia Kauffman, OT/L

Patricia is an occupational therapist and the LIFE Skills Lab Coordinator for the Madison Champaign Co. ESC. As an OT for 27 years, Kauffman has spent most of her career in the school setting but also owned a private practice in the Columbus area for 7 years. She developed the LIFE Skills Lab at MCESC in 2016 and has been able to significantly expand the program as a recipient an Innovative Strategies for Developing the College and Career Readiness of Students with Disabilities grant from ODE for the SY 2018-19. She has attended several TEACCH trainings including the 5-day intensive: Adolescents and Adults Transitioning to Vocational, Residential and Community Settings. She has recently presented at SST6 Best Practice Showcase, Ohio Occupational Therapy Association’s (OOTA) annual conference and OCALICON. She will be presenting at the American Occupational Therapy Association’s (AOTA) annual national conference in March.


Use this link to register: https://www.smore.com/n94uf-transition-activities

Training for LIFE Team at the Madison-Champaign Educational Service Center

Team Members include


Patricia Kauffman, OT/L, LIFE Skills Lab & Lending Library Coordinator

Terri Mac Donald, Low Incidence Supervisor

Alycia Smith, Intervention Specialist at West Liberty-Salem Schools

Carrie Boggs, Intervention Specialist at Triad High School

Emily Davis, Intervention Specialist at Mechanicsburg Middle School