Students that choose to participate in work experiences have the opportunity to: 1) develop job readiness behaviors, such as coping skills for working with fellow employees; 2) develop pre- vocational and vocational skills, such as problem-solving, decision-making, and following directions; and 3) participate in work experiences which include a variety of unpaid positions both inside Lower Merion School District and at community sites. Participation is determined by a student’s IEP team based on individual needs.
Introduction to Work Experience
This course is speciﬁcally designed as a foundation course to introduce transition skills to students in the Autism and Specialized Learning Support Programs. The curriculum focuses on four units: Self-Esteem and Social Skills, Problem-Solving in School, Job Awareness, and Work Attitudes. Students begin to assemble a Personal Futures Planning Portfolio including values, interests and aptitude surveys. Guest speakers and ﬁeld trips supplement in-class work. Students learn and practice transition skills in a supported environment within the high school community. Participation is determined by a student’s IEP team based on individual needs.
This course is a hands-on curriculum designed for students in the Autism and Specialized Learning Support programs. Various types of jobs and post-secondary training options are explored. Students have multiple opportunities to practice employability skills in the classroom and on the high school campus. Job shadowing opportunities will also be available. Work experience off-campus may be offered if deemed appropriate by the IEP team. Participation is determined by a student’s IEP team based on individual needs.