Over 50 Community Based Instruction Outing Ideas

functional life skills life skills special education teachers teacher experience transition Sep 04, 2019
Sometimes, you just need a long list of community based instruction outing ideas!
“Here at the Transition Center our young adults are out in the community the large majority of the time.” That’s one of my most frequently used opening lines when people ask me, “What is the Transition Center?” or “What do you do?” Let me break that down a little. The Transition Center is a post high school program for students with disabilities who are 18-22 years old. My staff and I refer to our ‘students’ as young adults as we like to distinguish the difference between school and the ‘real life experience’ they have at our program.
So, what do we do when we are ‘out in the community?’ you ask? Well, we do a plethora of things. Below is a list of 50+ community based instruction outing activities we do, some are daily outings and others are once a year type activities. Either way, I hope this gets your creative juices flowing!

50+ Community Based Instruction Outing Ideas

  1. Grocery store
  2. Bank
  3. Bulk grocery store
  4. Fitness center (YMCA)
  5. Craft store (check out their group classes too)
  6. Toy store
  7. Mall
  8. Museum
  9. Zoo
  10. Park
  11. Adaptive equipment park
  12. Water park
  13. Driving range
  14. Mini golf
  15. Pumpkin patch/apple orchard
  16. Trampoline park
  17. Community college- vocational or continuing education classes, free concerts
  18. Bowling
  19. Bocce
  20. Bags/corn hole
  21. Medieval times
  22. Arcade
  23. Roller rink
  24. Art gallery (extra points for galleries that have artists with special needs- yes, they do exist)
  25. Decorate cookies/cupcakes
  26. Lowes/Home Depot (or local hardware store) classes
  27. Gardening store
  28. Volunteer for local senior citizens (raking leaves, for example)
  29. Paint ceramics
  30. Take public transportation (bus, train, etc)
  31. Calculate tip at sit-down restaurants
  32. Arcade
  33. Horseback riding
  34. Adaptive sailing
  35. Arboretums
  36. Conservatories and botanical gardens
  37. Tour local businesses to learn about different job opportunities
  38. Make pizza at local pizza restaurants
  39. Taken clothes to the dry cleaners
  40. Class at the Apple store (learned about different apps and technologies)
  41. Yoga
  42. Visit a sensory room or snoezelen room
  43. Assist at an animal rescue center
  44. Tie dye shirts/pillow cases/socks
  45. Set up an obstacle course at a local park
  46. Frisbee golf
  47. Check out a movie from a library or RedBox/Movie Rental store
  48. Visit a therapy dog
  49. Get a Clean-Up manicure or pedicure (parents usually take care of this task and might appreciate a week off)
  50. Flower arranging class
  51. Guided painting class
  52. Watch a play at a local theatre
  53. Make-up lesson (for ladies who might be going on interviews in the future)
  54. Dance class
  55. Thrift store shopping
  56. (I’ll add more as I discover more!)
Sensory Room
There you have it! Taking community based instruction outing is the only way for your students to access their local community and learn the skills in the actual environment, so go- get out there!

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