Training for LIFE

Tips, Tricks and Links for Post Secondary Transition

Welcome to the Training for LIFE Newsletter

The LIFE Transition program at the Madison-Champaign Educational Service Center in Urbana, OH is ready for a new school year of excitement and growth. Let me tell you what we have been up to!


The program consists of:


LIFE Class - A class for juniors or above in which all of their academics have a functional focus and they go to a community based work experience at least 3 mornings a week. They also frequently go on community based outings throughout Champaign county.


LIFE Skills Lab - A simulated work experience destination for transition age youth in Champaign County. Designed and coordinated from an occupational therapy view point, the activities of the day are directed by the classes' intervention specialist with OT support. Students obtain career exploration, daily living and soft work skills using independent and group structured tasks.


LIFE Lending Library - Structured work tasks, equipment, books, file folder activities, task cards and more all related to post-secondary transition skills. All of these materials can be checked out by staff within the MCESC region.


Training for LIFE - Professional development and program development for administrators, intervention specialists, related services, parents, students and anyone who is interested in the success of students with disabilities after graduation.


During the 2018-19 school year we received one of the ODE's Innovative Strategies grants to expand our post-secondary transition services. It involved significant amount of training for staff, material development, exploring transition assessments and the creation of a materials lending library. All exciting stuff! Now we would like to start sharing this information and build a community of people excited about transition services.

Answering Questions

During presentations and online, we are frequently asked lots of questions. In this space we will pull from some of those questions and answer them here.

Are you in a school?


The LIFE Classroom & LIFE Skills Lab are located at the MCESC building along with several other consortium classrooms. The middle and high school level classrooms have access to the Skills Lab on a weekly schedule.


The MCESC also has consortium multiple disability classrooms within local school district buildings. The districts have committed to transporting these students to/from the lab on their classroom's scheduled day rather than their classroom. The class then spends the entire day at the Skills Lab involved in daily living skills, work skills and career exploration activities.

Our high school level classes attend 2x/month and our middle school level classes attend 1x/month.


What is your target population?


The LIFE classroom is for students at the junior level or above and primarily serves students with multiple disabilities and/or autism. Students are referred for the program during IEP's leading up to their junior year.


The LIFE Skills lab currently serves:


Consortium multiple disability classes - disabilities can include Down's Syndrome, intellectual disabilities, autism, cerebral palsy among many others.


Mac-A-Cheek Central classes - This set of jr/sr high programs addresses behavioral as well as emotional concerns that interfere with the students’ ability to learn in a regular public school setting. Many of our students served at Mac-A-Cheek Learning Center are not able to build or maintain satisfactory interpersonal relationships with peers and teachers. The classes at the MCESC building are satellites of the learning center based in Bellefontaine, OH.


If you have questions you would like answered or topics that you would like to hear more about please email patricia.kauffman@mccesc.org We would love to hear from you!

Up Coming Presentations, Professional Development, Webinars Etc.

OH Written Driving Test Prep Course - Poster Session

Friday, Oct. 18th, 1pm

1989 Front Street

Cuyahoga Falls, OH

2019 OOTA Conference

October 17 Pre-Conference (CEUs available)
October 18 - 19 Conference

The Sheraton Suites Hotel
1989 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221


Presenter/s: Marissa Imondi, OTD, OTR/L

A 4 Part Approach to Post-Secondary Transition Services

Saturday, Oct. 19th, 2pm

1989 Front Street

Cuyahoga Falls, OH

2019 OOTA Conference

October 17 Pre-Conference (CEUs available)
October 18 - 19 Conference

The Sheraton Suites Hotel
1989 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221


Presenter/s: Patricia Kauffman, OT/L & Marissa Imondi, OTD, OTR/L

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

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

400 North High Street

Columbus, OH

OCALICON 2019

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

https://conference.ocali.org/


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, 11:30am-12:30pm

400 North High Street

Columbus, OH

OCALICON 2019

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

https://conference.ocali.org/


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

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

Cheri Leffel, LIFE Classroom Intervention Specialist

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