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SOCIAL SKILLS
INDEPENDENT LIVING SKILLS
COLLEGE EXPLORATION
WORK SKILLS
SOCIAL EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT

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The following skills will be taught in ways that have been proven to work with this population – direct teaching, teaching in the natural environment, practice and repetition with follow-up discussion, use of technology and media and group processing. Program participants will receive all levels of instruction in small groups or individually.  Each student will have an individualized Program Plan which they will help create.

SOCIAL SKILLS

  • Develop peer relationships – within program and in community
  • Independently pursuing activities with peers
  • Use interests to locate and participate in community
  • Navigate/understand different levels of social relationships (i.e. boss, instructor, bus driver, etc.)
  • Practice ways of keeping friendships through communication and activity planning

INDEPENDENT LIVING SKILLS

  • Use public transportation – reading schedules, navigating bus and train systems, independent riding, independent transfers
  • Develop activities of daily living skills– clothing care, personal hygiene, home maintenance, etc.
  • Learn and practice healthy routines – exercise, preventative health care appointments, nutritious meal planning and preparing, etc.
  • Manage money – long and short term planning, independently having and using a debit card account, documenting spending over time, etc.
  • Develop and successfully use time management strategies for day-to-day success – short and long term project management, due dates, using apps or other tech tools, etc.

COLLEGE EXPLORATION

  • Register for classes at Delaware County Community College – visit with counselor, fill out registration form, fill out course request sheet, pay tuition, etc.
  • Obtain materials needed for classes – buy books, notebooks, flash drive, copy card, etc.
  • Prior to the start of class make an appointment and meet with Disabilities counselor.
  • Regularly attend classes and keep up with required work.
  • Use writing center and other DCCC supports
  • Explore college transfer options

WORK SKILLS

  • Develop job search skills including using online search tools, filling out applications (online and hard copy), interviewing, professional thank you notes and follow-up, etc.
  • Apply for part time or volunteer job
  • Collaborate with support professional to problem solve possible challenges in the workplace
  • Independently ask for performance feedback from supervisor
  • Demonstrate competence in task performance
  • Demonstrate competence in employability skill performance

 

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • Develop self-determination skills
  • Learn and practice social problem solving skills
  • Participate in group therapy process twice a week
  • Gain confidence through direct teaching, practice in the natural environment and using experiences as learning tools
  • Formulate personal growth goals and monitor progress weekly
  • Gain an understanding of self and improve self esteem.

 

**These skills will help develop Executive Functioning skills. Executive functioning skills as set out by Dr. Kari Miller:

  1. Planning and prioritizing
  2. Time management
  3. Organization
  4. Working Memory
  5. Metacognition
  6. Response Inhibition
  7. Self Regulation of Affect
  8. Task Initiation
  9. Flexibility
  10. Goal-Directed Persistence
  11. Sustained Attention
  12. Disengaging Attention
  13. Regulation of Processing Speed

 

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