Training for LIFE

Tips, Tricks and Links for Post Secondary Transition


As part of the Ohio Innovative Strategies For Developing College and Career Readiness for Students with Disabilities grant that we received for the 2018-19 school year, we had to create a product to help other programs replicate part of what we have done.

We created a resource of over 150 structured task direction sheets that have related OH Learning Standards-Extended, links to resources to make the tasks and directions for their use.

Here is the link to the live binder.

Please share what you have done with the resource. It would be great to see our hard work in action across the US and beyond.

OCALICON Time!!!!!

OCALICON is the nation's premier Autism and Disabilities Conference, and we are lucky that it is less than an hour away in Columbus! Our team will be presenting an interactive workshop on Wednesday and a poster presentation on Thursday.

If anyone is attending please come and say hi! I would love to network with people and meet others interested in the area of school-based OT and Transition Age-Youth!

Our sessions are listed below in the upcoming PD section.

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Structured Work Tasks As a Method to Link Personal Transition Goals and Academic Standards

Wednesday, Nov. 20th 2019 at 2:45-4pm

400 North High Street

Columbus, OH


November 20-22 Columbus, OH|The Nation's Premier Autism and Disabilities Conference

Presenter/s: Patricia Kauffman, OT/L , Marissa Imondi, OTD, OTR/L, Terri Mac Donald & Alycia Smith

LIFE Program: A 4-Part Approach to Post-Secondary Transition Services - Poster Session

Thursday, Nov. 21st 2019 at 11:30am-12:30pm

400 North High Street

Columbus, OH


November 20-22 Columbus, OH|The Nation's Premier Autism and Disabilities Conference

Presenter/s: Patricia Kauffman, OT/L , Marissa Imondi, OTD, OTR/L, Terri Mac Donald & Alycia Smith

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

Thursday, Dec. 5th 2019 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: Career Exploration 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:

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