This is a comprehensive programme of activities designed to support young people as they make the transition from education to employment. Following the hugely successful TALKABOUT structure, the programme is broken down into topics and activities, each constructed to teach the skills necessary for further education or employment. Topics explore the various opportunities available to school leavers, offer guidance on the application and interview processes and consider the skills necessary to make employment a success. Exploring transition as a process of discovery, this programme takes the fear and uncertainty out of this time of change.
The resource includes:
- Assessment and evaluation forms to help assess the needs of the individual and personalise the programme
- 40 engaging activities
- Fully photocopiable and downloadable colour resources to facilitate group sessions
This book is an invaluable resource for professionals working with teenagers and young adults with SEMH needs, autism spectrum disorders and intellectual disabilities. The programme would also benefit teenagers and young people daunted by change or struggling to find or remain in employment.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements About the Authors Introduction The Theory Behind the Book An Overview of the Book Assessment Topic 1: This is Me How am I feeling? Who am I? Where am I? Useful and not useful qualities My qualities What do I like to do? Advertise me Topic 2: Which Route Do I Take? Help me choose! Guess who I am Twenty Questions Naming jobs Choosing a job How do we get there? Which route can I take? Next steps Topic 3: Applications Will I get an interview? Help someone out Writing a CV Covering letters Application forms and references Personal statements for university Looking for a job Timeline Topic 4: Interviews Interviews How do I look? How do I sound? Good and bad answers Interview questions Second interviews Comparing interviews Topic 5: Workplace Relationships Introducing workplace relationships Small talk Dealing with conflict Stranded It's a wrap! Topic 6: Problem Solving Mindfulness FACS Thoughts, feelings and behaviours Solutions Time planner Scenario cards Evaluation form References
Chris Mcloughlin graduated from the University of East Anglia in 2011 with a BSc (Hons) in Speech and Language Therapy and joined Alex Kelly Ltd in 2013. He has gained a wide variety of experience, working and training in mainstream, special and SEMH schools and colleges, and he now specialises in working with people with intellectual disabilities and autism. He is also the manager of the therapy department at Speaking Space Ltd.
Alex Kelly is a speech and language therapist with over 30 years’ experience of working with both children and adults with an intellectual disability (learning disability) and specialising in working with people who have difficulties with social skills. She runs her own businesses (Alex Kelly Ltd and Speaking Space Ltd) with her husband Brian Sains and is the author of a number of books and resources, including the best-selling TALKABOUT series.
She is based in Hampshire, in the south of England. Alex Kelly Ltd provides training and consultancy work to schools and organisations in social skills, self-esteem and relationship skills around the UK and abroad. Speaking Space Ltd also provides speech and language therapy in a number of schools in and around Hampshire, training in all aspects of autism and communication, and a Total Communication day service for adults with an intellectual disability or autism. In 2019 Speaking Space Ltd was Autism Accredited by the National Autistic Society with advanced status.
You can contact Alex or Chris through the website www.speakingspace.co.uk.
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