Each individual will meet one or more times weekly with a member of the staff team to strengthen specific aspects of independence skills. Depending on the individual, this may include academic or other educational support, job/internship support, social-emotional functioning, interest/affinities development, and other aspects of independent living such as money management, transportation and self care.
Each individual will participate in a weekly group discussion. This session is designed to improve communication skills, social cognition and emotional confidence and regulation, in addition to strengthening the participants’ fund of knowledge and supporting them in self-awareness and self-advocacy.
A combination of individualised and group activities to improve general health and wellbeing, nutrition, develop motor planning and visual special skills. The aim is to develop an effective, sustainable individual fitness routine.
Each participant will meet regularly with members of the staff team in group activities to focus on interest development, life skills, communication skills and social-emotional support. Examples of group activities include cooking classes, lessons in public transportation, housework, gardening, shopping, creative writing, arts and crafts, music and relationship skills groups.
Hiking and Lunch Out
The programme will include a weekly hike in local areas, using local transport, followed by a group lunch and discussion at a restaurant near the hiking spot. This format will provide opportunities for facilitated group discussion as well as decision-making, compromise and negotiation, all in the context of a physical, community-based activity.
The programme will provide a platform for service users to prepare for the world of work and will include career awareness, career exploration and career preparation support. This will involve, where appropriate, understanding how to find out about different occupations, identifying the steps in finding a job and how to do job applications. It will also enable them to identify their strengths, abilities, skills, learning styles and special needs regarding work or specific jobs.
There will be a series of initiatives aimed towards preparing the service users towards adult life. In the short term it will focus, where appropriate, on what each young person would like to be doing in a year, 2 years, 5 years and so on, in each of the above areas. This will be agreed in conjunction with the parents, some of which will be based on the Vineland Adaptive Skills Standardised levels. The programme will tackle barriers and fears for each individual’s future and concentrate on skills needed to address these barriers and fears.