Mail Delivery Program

A mail delivery program is a perfect way to practice and generalize social skills, pre-vocational skills and even sorting! My students LOVE delivering mail, and it provides the opportunity for our faculty to get to know them better.


What It Is:
Our mail delivery program works like this- We pick up teacher mail from our mailboxes in the faculty room and deliver mail to each teacher during that teacher's prep period.  If the teacher doesn't have mail, we bring them a No Mail treat. Students practice greeting the teacher when they enter the classroom, and some have a conversation with the teacher if that's a goal area.

 

What You'll Need:
  • a cart of some sort to put the mail on
  • a crate
  • hanging files for each class period or part of the day that you deliver
  • a file folder for each teacher that you deliver to
  • a container for your No Mail treats
  • visuals
  • data clipboard if you are recording data

How to Do It:
To start, you'll want to first make sure you have permission from your principal. Second, send out a Google form to each teacher in your school (or give each teacher a printed form) to find out if they want to participate and when their prep time is. Then, set up your mail delivery cart, create your schedule, prep your visuals, and you're ready to go!

I assign one student per class period to deliver mail. This way, they learn their "route" and can build relationships with the teachers they deliver to. I plan on about 10 minutes for mail delivery, but it may be more or less depending on the size of your school and the ability of your students.

It's important to provide specific feedback when the student is learning their route, just like you would with any new skill. When needed, we also role play and practice our greetings before we leave the classroom.

Also, fair warning, some teachers may need some training up front on how to interact with the students and what the goal of the program is!

Ways to Accommodate:

  • To help students identify the teacher's mailbox, you can color code mailboxes and your files with a simple sticker or different colored tape.
  • For low vision students, you can place textured paper/materials on the file for the student to feel. Match the texture to the teacher's mailbox and their classroom door. 
  • For non-verbal students, program their AAC devices with the mail script, or use a Big Mac switch to record a greeting. 
Here is a freebie to help you get started with a mail delivery program in your school! Just click on the picture below to download. I'd love to hear how it goes!

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