Champions™ Special Education

“Serving Youth with Special Needs”

The Learning for Life ChampionsTM program provides students with mental disabilities help in developing social/personal, life, and self-concept skills to help them achieve greater self-sufficiency.

The Champions™ Special Education program is organized into two major components:

  • Champions™ Daily Living Skills
  • Champions™ Transition Program

The Champions™ Daily Living Skills includes 57 lesson plans centered on a skill-oriented theme, with activities designed for class or individual use. Areas covered include:

  • Self-concept – students develop an awareness of personal, social, and civic awareness
  • Personal and social skills – focus on how emotions affect the behavior of oneself and others
  • Life skills – teaches skills for independent living, including personal hygiene, meal preparation, and job preparedness training
  • Recognition plan – An honor chart displays each student's achievements so that all students are receiving some kind of recognition

The “Champions™ Daily Living Skills” program content covers the following areas:

  • Safety
  • Calendar
  • Self-concept
  • Parts of the Body
  • Grooming
  • Clothing Care
  • Dressing
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Nutrition
  • Wellness
  • Table Manners
  • Meal Preparation

The Champions™ Slogan: "Let’s all stand tall and stay Champions"

The Champions™ Pledge: "I promise to do my best and stay a Champion"

The Champions™ Transition Program (for high school aged youth)
Special needs students must leave high school before age 22. Many are unprepared for the workforce by not having a transition plan and have not mastered basic skills. The federal Individuals with Disabilities Act of 1990 requires public schools to start a formal transition plan by the time the student turns 16 years of age.

Learning for Life has developed a program called the “Champions™ Transition Program” to help school districts, teachers, and parents guide their special needs students through this transition process. The program includes fun and engaging activities and lessons to help teachers instruct students ages 16-21 in life skills needed to achieve self-sufficiency and success as an independent productive member of society. The program emphasizes the following key components:

  • Life Skills – teaches skills for managing a home, family, and finances
  • Personal and Social Skills – teaches socially acceptable behavior and decision-making skills
  • Vocational Skills – facilitates the development of vocational skills through work evaluation and adjustment, job tryouts, placement, and the follow-up necessary for success. It includes lessons in vocational opportunities, planning and preparation, mental skills needed for good work habits, and job seeking skills.
  • Recognition Plan – Recognizes transition program participants for completing specific requirements.

The Champions™ Transition Skills program covers 6 objectives supported by 24 lessons:


Managing Finances

  • How to count money/make change
  • Personal budgeting
  • Checkbook management
  • Credit card management

Decision-making skills

  • How to get help
  • Knowing the consequences of a bad decision
  • Developing and evaluating alternatives
  • Developing goals

Vocational Opportunities

  • Rewards of work
  • Sources of training
  • How work relates to developing self-esteem
  • Job classifications

Planning & Preparation

  • Identifying vocational interests
  • Choosing a job
  • Identifying requirements
  • Abilities and skills

Mental Skills needed for Good Work Habits

  • Following directions
  • Importance of punctuality
  • Being a team member
  • Understanding authority

Seeking a Job

  • Looking for a job
  • Applying for a job
  • Interviewing for a job
  • Understanding job standards

Champions Daily Living Skills

Champions Transition Program


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