FREE DOWNLOAD-POSTER with CHECKLIST [Student Coping]

 

Hello teachers, parents, and advocates,

Parents and teachers are heroes doing their best to provide youth of all ages online schooling. However, this can be especially difficult when we see the emotional losses a student shows. We validate a young person’s sadness as they miss peers at school, lost of important events such as, graduation, or postponed enrichment activities, i.e., music lessons or athletic sports.

No child and their family should have to live through the COVID-19 pandemic. It isn’t fair.  COVID-19 is with us and we must face it.

Yet, what if we look at the COVID-19 situation through the lens of an opportunity. I know this sounds impossible, but please hear me out. Youth can use this time to get to know themselves better, learn new things at their own pace, explore exciting topics with curiosity and creativity. They can learn to give themselves permission to initiate self-care and to do their best. The goal is to increase their focus and attention on tasks or interests while decreasing anxiety and worry.

Even as we create opportunities for youth at home, we will have set backs and fail many times over. Unfortunately, there isn’t a model for widespread nontraditional teaching. To move through it, we must believe there is a light at the end of the tunnel and we must believe we will all come out better when COVID-19 crises is resolved.

I have an adult son with autism who has made much progress throughout the years to take part in the community, have employment, and live in his own house with supports. Currently, most of his daily and weekly routines with support persons are on hold for now, which has thrown him off balance. Yet,  I am grateful he has his art. Painting in his studio is a life-saver for him. I don’t know what he would do without it. It grounds him and gives him something to look forward to these days.

My hope is that many years from now our children will share with their children and grandchildren how they survived the global COVID-19 pandemic. What will youth say to their  grandchildren when they are asked what it was like to live in the global pandemic? I don’t know of course, but I think they will remember the strengths they drew upon to persevere.

When I think about the beginning of each day, I start it with: “What positive memories can I create for my work, my family and myself?” Focusing on just one day at a time, I believe we will get through this with perseverance. And perhaps the young generation will be the heroes ready to serve brilliantly in our future world.

I created a  POSTER WITH A STUDENT CHECKLIST (6 pages) to use in Distance Learning or at home with youth or the young adult.

DOWNLOAD FREE- POSTER AND CHECKLIST

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FREE POSTER AND FREE CHECKLIST: 16 Ways to Cope, Learn, and Create your Day. This poster and checklist is designed to give youth a ‘perspective’ ‘next step supports’ and ‘self-empowerment’ to find their ‘voice’ and ‘choice’ over what they can do to cope, manage, and grow.

DOWNLOAD FREE- POSTER AND CHECKLIST

To see additional resources for Distance Learning, go to:

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I love creating tools to invite youth to experience:

*self-awareness to help direct their decisions, emotionally cope, and socially adapt.

*self-value to know they matter greatly.

*self-advocacy to express their voice and choice about what they need, what they enjoy, and who they want to become.

Thank you for reading my blog

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After decades of teaching youth with disabilities in all grades and researching what youth with autism spectrum need to make better work adaptations, Dr. Jackie Marquette discovered what youth need to acquire employment. It is as simple as a two sided coin. One side is for employers to acknowledge a candidate’s skills, strengths, and support needs, and the other side of the coin involves preparing youth to see their skills and interests from a wide range of strengths, personalized supports, and gainful social emotional awareness. Jackie has an adult son with autism and she has walked the walk, with ups and downs, failures and successes. Trent had employment at Meijer, a retail store for 13 years with innovative supports and for 19 years Trent has created abstract paintings for his art business. Many youth fall short in getting employed or getting in the right workplace environment. Rather, it is the personally matched opportunities and experiences with personal/social awareness preparation that enables adaptation and self-advocacy. With high youth unemployment, we all suffer. Very few educators, counselors, and employment professionals understand why or how to prevent the high youth unemployment rate.

 

Dr. Jackie Marquette writes curriculum for student career preparation as it relates to skill development and social emotional learning. She is the founder of the Transition Career Academy teaching online courses and face-to-face workshops. Her trainings are approved for 6 CE’s by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC). She has been endorsed by highly recognized colleagues in the disability field for skills in Autism Spectrum Disorders, Training, and Research. Her extensive experiences span teaching students with learning/developmental disabilities and ‘at risk’, spearheading autism community workplace projects, implementing school district transition programs, consulting and using her own tools, one-to-one with youth seeking employment through the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation. She researched and interviewed over 800 youth with autism and their advocates, professionals, family members. As the owner of Youth Rescue© DBA Marquette Index, LLC, her program is engineered to be a catalyst for leaders, employers, and youth with their advocates. The purpose is to enhance everyone’s performance to make a meaningful difference in schools, companies, and the lives of all youth including those on who struggle socially and emotionally.

 

[COVID-19] 18 IDEAS TO HELP YOUTH CHANGE WHAT THEY CAN | Social Emotional Learning | Dr. Jackie M. Marquette

“I’m bored.” “I want to see my friends.”“How much longer is this virus going to last?”

These are some of the comments I hear from my friends who have teenagers at home. Some kids young and older are taking it hard as they are isolated from their peers.

Other teens and young adults face the COVID-19 crises with multiple challenges, such as, worried about an elderly family member who contracted COVID-19, parents working at home, or a parent’s job loss. Parents struggle to keep young children and/or young adults (on the autism spectrum or with disabilities) active and engaged at home. Families have never confronted challenging times like these.

I believe we can all get through this pandemic together and become more resilient and prepared to seek new experiences and live life to its fullest when the virus diminishes.

There is a quote that has helped me learn, practice, and support my adult son with autism. “Our strength grows out of our weakness.” by Ralph Waldo Emerson.

 18 ideas parents and teachers: Helping youth find strength during COVID-19 adversity.

1. Let youth know that even with a weakness or a challenge such as, living with adversity during difficult times, they can get through it all and get stronger. Yes it isn’t fair. But it is this generation’s call to duty. We all have to do it because it is our time. We know powerful real life stories of people from the past overcoming challenges or adversities. And we can overcome this as well.

2. Help the teen or young adult see that it is OKAY to have weaknesses. What’s more, help the teen or young adult accept their weaknesses such as, having a learning disability. Show our youth who have disabilities that many have become artists, entertainers, and mathematicians. We all have weaknesses and with them we can gain strength.

3. Help teens leverage a weakness. For example, a disorganization weakness can limit a student in starting or completing class assignments. Yet a student can recognize how to improve upon a weakness by putting into place a creative routine for online schoolingsuccess.

4. Encourage teens to find relief and comfort by seeking out teachers and parents to listen to their concerns or worries.

5. Recognize and validate to a young person the worries and anxiety they feel.

6. Help youth see and name small daily acts of courage that shape coping or help getting them get through one day at a time. For example, something as simple as getting away from the TV and doing self-care by walking their Golden Retriever for a daily walk around the neighborhood is an act of courage.

7. Help youth see how important it is to give themselves permission to initiate various ways of self-care such as, spending some needed time in a room away from family members, resting while listening to music, exercising, eating healthy snacks, all of which are actions of self-compassion.

8. Encourage youth to connect and keep in touch with others via electronic devices: grandparents, family members, and friends.

9. Encourage youth to create a visual routine of activities. Help them see that the routine can give meaning to their day which can also ground their day or week like a boat anchor.

10. Suggest that a teen might create a personalized artsy or crafty checklist of their routine. When youth create through drawings, pictures, a diagram, or a video, it can be fun.

11. Encourage youth to create daily or weekly goals. Suggest that h-she start with this question: “What would I have to have in place to feel better, to start, and stay with my (fill the goal in this blank).

12. Let youth know that during highly stressed times, it is OKAY to initiate just a few tasks. This is HUGE because this may be the best that the teen can do in one day, given the emotional stress h-she is feeling.

13. Teach teens to not be hard on themselves and to accept h-her weaknesses and adversity. Accepting is the first step in getting through. Help youth see what they are going through isn’t their fault and most importantly, isn’t permanent. The teen or young adult can be part of changing their daily life on their way to the new normal part of life in the future.

14. Help youth become more aware of the things they focus their attention upon and the emotions that unfold from that attention. For example: the act of worry and anxiety brings low energy which may result in listless activity, such as, staying in bed most of the day. In contrast, the teen can initiate the act of bike riding or skateboarding which delivers good feelings and increased energy from being in the sunshine and open air.

15. Help youth see the value of their goodness to other people when they focus their attention on (some examples): playing a board game with family (leisure), unloading the dishwasher (helping out the family), chatting with friends about collaborative online assignments, or just sitting on a porch swing to practice deep breathing (mindfulness).

16. Do express to the teen when you notice simple actions of h-her contribution, however so small in: self-care, planning, contributing to others, or completing tasks. This will reflect back that h-her efforts are working on their own behalf.

17. Support youth to self-advocate and to choose a person they trust to voice a need or concern.

18. Most importantly, you the parent/teacher do these things to emotionally balance yourself, walk the walk, talk the talk to what you teach. You are an example to the teen or young adult.

I believe youth can get through this difficult time, become resilient, and become more prepared to live life to its fullest.

End note: These suggestions can be adapted to all, young children and teensand young adults with Autism Spectrum and disabilities.

[Distance Learning] If you could give students entertaining and engaging activities to learn more about themselves in order to make emotional adaptations, wouldn’t you want them to have the resources? There are numerous resources on:

Jackie’s Store on Teacher Pay Teachers

Made for Google Drive, Google Slides

CCSSCCA.R.1

PDF CCSSCCA.R.1

For more resources students will enjoy learning at home.

Jackie’s Store on Teacher Pay Teachers

To Be Notified of New Promotions or Releases

Jackie’s website

I love creating tools to invite youth to experience:

*self-awareness to help direct their decisions, emotionally cope, and socially adapt.

*self-value to know they matter greatly.

*self-advocacy to express their voice and choice about what they need, what they enjoy, and who they want to become.

What Gets Between Youth and Their Goals

After decades of teaching youth with disabilities in all grades and researching what youth with autism spectrum need to make better work adaptations, Dr. Jackie Marquette discovered what youth need to acquire employment. It is as simple as a two sided coin. One side is for employers to acknowledge a candidate’s skills, strengths, and support needs, and the other side of the coin involves preparing youth to see their skills and interests from a wide range of strengths, personalized supports, and gainful social emotional awareness. Jackie has an adult son with autism and she has walked the walk, with ups and downs, failures and successes. Trent had employment at Meijer, a retail store for 13 years with innovative supports and for 19 years Trent has created abstract paintings for his art business. Many youth fall short in getting employed or getting in the right workplace environment because of limited opportunities and experiences to prepare for personal/social awareness to self-advocate. Very few educators, counselors, and employment professionals understand why or how to prevent the high unemployment rate among youth.

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Dr. Jackie Marquette writes curriculum for student career preparation as it relates to skill development and social emotional learning. She is the  founder of the Transition Career Academy teaching online courses and face-to-face workshops. Her trainings are approved for 6 CE’s by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC). She has been endorsed by highly recognized colleagues in the disability field for skills in Autism Spectrum Disorders, Training, and Research. Her extensive experiences span teaching students with learning/developmental disabilities and ‘at risk’, spearheading autism community workplace projects, implementing school district transition programs, consulting and using her own tools, one-to-one with youth seeking employment through the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation. She researched and interviewed over 800 youth with autism and their advocates, professionals, family members. As the owner of Youth Rescue© DBA Marquette Index, LLC, her program is engineered to be a catalyst for leaders, employers, and youth with their advocates. The purpose is to enhance everyone’s performance to make a meaningful difference in schools, companies, and the lives of all youth including those on who struggle socially and emotionally.

 

[COVID-19] Seven Empowering Actions We Can Give Teens

Hello Everybody

With the Stay at Home Order Youth need:

-a structure to do school work, exercise, leisure, and task(s) to contribute to the household.

-validation for any or all low emotions they feel: anxiety, anger, powerlessness.

-a game plan to recognize and name the full range of emotions they experience.

-an approach to feel and recognize the energy levels tied to activities/tasks.

-a plan to avoid letting low emotions take over and to know the steps to gain control.

-tools that will allow them to gain perspective over their emotions and have the emotions they want. [reframing]

-a process to see options and make daily decisions on their own behalf.

Many youth don’t know this question to ask: “How do I live in a world that is so different from what I knew before?” Youth need reassurance from us giving them hope for a good life and to believe in their own power to adapt to a world they are living in now.

The sooner youth have a grasp of their own power, the sooner they can shape their daily life and their goals. Here is my resource.

COVID-19 TEEN EMPOWERMENT [SEL]

To see additional resources for Distance Learning, go to:

‘Youth Rescue’ Teachers Pay Teachers’ Store

To Be Notified of New Promotions or Releases

Jackie’s website

I love creating tools to invite youth to experience:

*self-awareness to help direct their decisions, emotionally cope, and socially adapt.

*self-value to know they matter greatly.

*self-advocacy to express their voice and choice about what they need, what they enjoy, and who they want to become.

Thank you for reading my blog

LINKED IN

FACEBOOK

TWITTER

After decades of teaching youth with disabilities in all grades and researching what youth with autism spectrum need to make better work adaptations, Dr. Jackie Marquette discovered what youth need to acquire employment. It is as simple as a two sided coin. One side is for employers to acknowledge a candidate’s skills, strengths, and support needs, and the other side of the coin involves preparing youth to see their skills and interests from a wide range of strengths, personalized supports, and gainful social emotional awareness. Jackie has an adult son with autism and she has walked the walk, with ups and downs, failures and successes. Trent had employment at Meijer, a retail store for 13 years with innovative supports and for 19 years Trent has created abstract paintings for his art business. Many youth fall short in getting employed or getting in the right workplace environment. Rather, it is the personally matched opportunities and experiences with personal/social awareness preparation that enables adaptation and self-advocacy. With high youth unemployment, we all suffer. Very few educators, counselors, and employment professionals understand why or how to prevent the high youth unemployment rate.

 

Dr. Jackie Marquette writes curriculum for student career preparation as it relates to skill development and social emotional learning. She is the founder of the Transition Career Academy teaching online courses and face-to-face workshops. Her trainings are approved for 6 CE’s by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC). She has been endorsed by highly recognized colleagues in the disability field for skills in Autism Spectrum Disorders, Training, and Research. Her extensive experiences span teaching students with learning/developmental disabilities and ‘at risk’, spearheading autism community workplace projects, implementing school district transition programs, consulting and using her own tools, one-to-one with youth seeking employment through the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation. She researched and interviewed over 800 youth with autism and their advocates, professionals, family members. As the owner of Youth Rescue© DBA Marquette Index, LLC, her program is engineered to be a catalyst for leaders, employers, and youth with their advocates. The purpose is to enhance everyone’s performance to make a meaningful difference in schools, companies, and the lives of all youth including those on who struggle socially and emotionally.

 

 

 

[FREE] Teen and Young Adult Bucket List: COVID-19

Hello Everyone,

Do you have a teen or young adult at home? Or do you have middle or high school students you are teaching online? They may be struggling with the COVID-19 crisis and having physical or emotional symptoms.

It becomes easy for teens to spend time glued to screens, playing video games and/or reading online about the disheartening behaviors of others. Fear is being spread everywhere across the media. If we allow it, any of us, including youth could sink into a deep despair. Or we could allow it to bring out the best in all of us during this historical time of COVID-19 crisis.

Here is a checklist to consider.

Does Your Teen Show any of These Signs?

____sleeping all day, staying up all night.
____shutting down, not talking to family members.
____eating unhealthy snacks
____staying closed up in the bedroom.
____taking in too much negative information.
____feeling “keyed up”
____feeling on edge
____irritability
____difficulty concentrating
____restlessness
____unexplained outbursts
____frequent headaches, including migraines
____digestive Problems
____excessive fatigue

These symptoms may be harmful to one’s physical and emotional health. Here are some approaches you can promote to either shape the rhythm of the day or restore physical or emotional health.

Be Proactive

1. Set Clear Expectations

This helps youth build a routine with rhythm to their day. Pay attention to the energy level that the activity provides.

2. Make time for exercise or movement (high physical energy)

3. Set aside time for reading or studying

(low physical energy), but mentally and emotionally taking in information

4. Structure time for creating,

(high inspirational or fun energy) such as, playing an instrument, writing a story, or doing artwork.

5) Spend time for leisure

(medium fun energy), spending quality time with family members playing cards or board games,

6) Offer time to contribute

(medium energy) seeing value to help the entire household, such as, washing dishes, taking part in making dinner, or mowing the lawn.

7) Allow Your Teen to Worry- avoid telling your teen to not worry.

Give your teen time with you each day to vent worries and brainstorm solutions together.

8) Practice Reframing

Set time aside to practice positive reframing to promote and empower your teen to act upon h-her anxious thoughts.

9) Empathize Often

Send the message to the teen h-she is being validated for their emotions and they are not alone.

These are just a few ideas. Think of your own and share your comments and ideas with me and others.

For more ideas, download:

Teen Bucket List – PDF2

To see additional resources for Distance Learning, go to:

‘Youth Rescue’ Teachers Pay Teachers’ Store

To Be Notified of New Promotions or Releases

Jackie’s website

I love creating tools to invite youth to experience:

*self-awareness to help direct their decisions, emotionally cope, and socially adapt.

*self-value to know they matter greatly.

*self-advocacy to express their voice and choice about what they need, what they enjoy, and who they want to become.

Thank you for reading my blog

LINKED IN

FACEBOOK

TWITTER

After decades of teaching youth with disabilities in all grades and researching what youth with autism spectrum need to make better work adaptations, Dr. Jackie Marquette discovered what youth need to acquire employment. It is as simple as a two sided coin. One side is for employers to acknowledge a candidate’s skills, strengths, and support needs, and the other side of the coin involves preparing youth to see their skills and interests from a wide range of strengths, personalized supports, and gainful social emotional awareness. Jackie has an adult son with autism and she has walked the walk, with ups and downs, failures and successes. Trent had employment at Meijer, a retail store for 13 years with innovative supports and for 19 years Trent has created abstract paintings for his art business. Many youth fall short in getting employed or getting in the right workplace environment. Rather, it is the personally matched opportunities and experiences with personal/social awareness preparation that enables adaptation and self-advocacy. With high youth unemployment, we all suffer. Very few educators, counselors, and employment professionals understand why or how to prevent the high youth unemployment rate.

Dr. Jackie Marquette writes curriculum for student career preparation as it relates to skill development and social emotional learning. She is the founder of the Transition Career Academy teaching online courses and face-to-face workshops. Her trainings are approved for 6 CE’s by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC). She has been endorsed by highly recognized colleagues in the disability field for skills in Autism Spectrum Disorders, Training, and Research. Her extensive experiences span teaching students with learning/developmental disabilities and ‘at risk’, spearheading autism community workplace projects, implementing school district transition programs, consulting and using her own tools, one-to-one with youth seeking employment through the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation. She researched and interviewed over 800 youth with autism and their advocates, professionals, family members. As the owner of Youth Rescue© DBA Marquette Index, LLC, her program is engineered to be a catalyst for leaders, employers, and youth with their advocates. The purpose is to enhance everyone’s performance to make a meaningful difference in schools, companies, and the lives of all youth including those on who struggle socially and emotionally.