Group Discussion Topics: Rich Content for Boosting Interactivity
By Jim Hasse, ABC, GCDF, Disability Employment Expert
Tap into my ready-to-use group discussion topics
to stimulate interactivity on your organization’s Facebook page or in
your LinkedIn group – all with very little work or time on your part
(and at no cost).
Each topic is backed-up with a quick-but-rich
article about a specific career-readiness issue parents often face as
they mentor their youngsters with special needs.
These topics are divided into five age groups: Elementary, Middle School, High School, College and Job Seeker. Mix or match to meet the needs of your particular community during the last two months of 2015!
Just copy one of the links below, paste it into your Facebook or LinkedIn group, delete the URL after the photo pops up and then paste the discussion question you've chosen to accompany the entry.
TIP: To start your discussion, add this line: "Check this article and then give us your thoughts by replying below."
Contact me a couple of days in advance of your scheduled discussion, and I'll kick off your discussion by submitting a comment of my own on your Facebook or LinkedIn group.
Remember, each topic you post will appear under your organization's own identity. The graphic for each article (see below) will pop up automatically as you complete your posting.
Articles and suggested discussion topics
- What situations tend to trigger feelings of
insecurity in your child?
- What ways have you found work best in helping
your child express his or her feelings of insecurity?
- How have you seen success and recognition for
that success change your child’s emotional well-being?
Sample Facebook entry from the Week 1 link above, using the first of the three potential discussion questions.
your family, how do you, as a parent, show your youngster that it’s sometimes
good to give help to others instead
of always feeling entitled to receive
help from others?
- What simple tasks have you found effective in developing
a “giving mode” in your child?
- What materials/counseling/resources have you
discovered that have helped you effectively avoid “learned helplessness” in
Sample Facebook entry from the Week 2 above, using the second of the three potential discussion questions.
has your youngster developed
the motivation to work hard at precisely the things he or she needs to improve?
- Are there steps you can
take as a parent to develop motivation in your youngster?
- How do birth order and sibling rivalry influence the development
of motivation in a youngster with a disability?
Sample Facebook entry from Week 3 above, using the first of the three potential discussion questions.
- Who within your own family had the most
influence on the vocation you have pursued?
- What careers of your family members could influence your
youngster’s approach to choosing a vocation?
- How do you think your own vocation
can influence your youngster’s future career path?
Sample Facebook entry from Week 4 above, using the second of the three potential discussion questions.
- How do you handle the anxiety others normally feel
when they meet you and your youngster for the first time?
- As a parent, how have
you helped your youngster acquire the ability to calm down quickly after a
stressful incident due largely to his or her disability?
- What advice do you
have for other parents who are seeking ways to help their youngsters with a
disability avoid on-going anxiety because others consider them “different?”
Sample Facebook entry from Week 5 above, using the third of the three potential discussion questions.
- How do you help your youngster to keep trying
(and always be positive) when he or she is getting no response or outright
rejection by employers for part-time employment during the summer months?
- How has your youngster with a disability gained
a vocation-minded mentor outside of your family?
- What has been your youngster’s most valuable
volunteer experience during high school in terms of preparing for the world of
Sample Facebook entry from the Week 6 link above, using the third of the three potential discussion questions.
- What steps does your college son or daughter
need to take now to become a job candidate who is “qualified” in the eyes of
strategies has your college student with a disability employed to make sure he
or she is included in campus interviews conducted by prospective employers?
- In your experience, what works the best in
helping your college student with a disability develop effective oral and
Sample Facebook entry from the Week 7 link above, using the first of the three potential discussion questions.
- What steps has your young job seeker taken to
become “adaptive technology” independent?
- What “marks of maturity” have you noticed in
your young job seeker?
- What would you like to see your young job seeker
say or do that would indicate that he or she is on the way to independent
Sample Facebook entry from the Week 8 link above, using the second of the three potential discussion questions.
- How has learning to
deal effectively with disability helped your college student develop his or her
own brand of emotional intelligence?”
- What important tip
involving emotional intelligence would you like to get across to your college
student with a disability?
- In your opinion as a
parent, how can you best help your college student realize the career-readiness
importance of delaying
gratification in pursuit of long-range goals?
Sample Facebook entry from the Week 9 link above, using the third of the three potential discussion questions.
- What is
your son or daughter’s prime passion, a situation in which he or she is most
comfortable, authentic and likable? The answer to that question is a big step
toward building a personal brand and landing a job.
- How have you
helped your job seeker with a disability discover his or her personal
- As a parent
how can you help your young job seeker be realistic about the job prospects
that really offer avenues for reaching one’s full potential without putting a damper
on motivation and enthusiasm?
Sample Facebook entry from the Week 10 link above, using the second of the three potential discussion questions.
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