In our adult lives, there are a number of times when we must find something to fill brief break times or waiting periods. We use our break time at work to go to the bathroom or get a cup of coffee; we pass the time waiting in a doctor’s office by reading a magazine or playing games on our cell phones. For students with vision impairments, understanding how to use break time can often be a challenge. Those without the ability to visually observe their surroundings are often unaware of the ways in which others around them are using their free time. Furthermore, students who are used to being accompanied or assisted by an adult in most of their school, home, or community activities can struggle with time that is unstructured. Although the use of break or waiting time may seem inconsequential, it is on the contrary an important skill for transition and work readiness. Workers need to know how to use their break time appropriately. This ability demonstrates an understanding of what activities are appropriate in the workplace, and also indicates that the individual can be independent and take initiative during unstructured times.
This activity can be particularly helpful for students who:
Have difficulties dealing with unstructured situations
Seek frequent assistance, feedback, or affirmation from adults
Need to expand their understanding of work culture
Need to broaden their understanding of leisure pastimes
Through the activity below, students can build upon their career education, recreation/leisure, and self determination skills.