05/21 I have taught a life skills class for seven or eight years. Your best words to "wrap around your lessons" on are: repetition and routine. Always start your class with the same welcome song and end with the same goodbye song even if you don't use that in your other classes. The kids will learn but at a much slower rate, but oh the joy when they "get it". They are exhausting to teach but soooooooooooooo rewarding! Insist on the same level of aide help that the other teachers have (very important!). It took a year for me to develop confidence that I could handle these kids and then it became fun (but tiring!). Part of what they are learning is classroom behavior, following directions, raising hands, passing out supplies, etc. Plan on taking time for teaching those skills. Enjoy!