It was a full day of activities in Goodwill Industries of Tulsa’s Transition Work Adjustment Training classroom. Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder from surrounding public high schools go for half of their school day to prepare for entering the workforce upon graduation. The students work on appropriate work behaviors through a group game, an interactive module, and role play.
The students toss a ball with conversation topics on it. Whichever topic their thumb lands on is the subject they start a discussion about with their classmates. For example, a scenario given to them by their instructor was – In The Break Room At Work. The students practiced different topics suitable for work. Their instructor coached them along as the students picked up social cues to determine interest in the topic to know when to continue and when to conclude the conversation.
The students also work through online modules including appropriate communication with your boss. The interactive video introduces a new employee who was unhappy with the silly uniform her boss asked her to wear at work. The instructor clicks through three video clips of interactions between the employee and her boss. Then the students have to choose the clip that is most appropriate for work and discuss why.
“It can be difficult to practice what we learn here in our other classrooms or at home,” Daniel said, “but when I do get to teach others what I’ve learned, it’s cool.”