Pursuits

Skills for Life program for adults and adolescents with ASD

Skills for Life Program

The program involves asking parent’s/caregivers to complete a Skills for Life Inventory that allows them to choose two goals from the following areas:

  • Housekeeping (i.e., making bed, tidying room, vacuuming, washing clothes)
  • Mealtimes (i.e., utensil use, snack preparation, kitchen safety)
  • Hygiene/Grooming (i.e., shaving, oral care, nail care)
  • Dressing (i.e., orienting clothes, managing fasteners, tying shoelaces)
  • Coping with Appointments/Health (i.e., doctor visits, taking medication, hairdresser)

Parents/caregivers then attend a mandatory two hour orientation* where they will be encouraged to examine their son/daughter’s skills and determine “why” the participant is unable to complete the task.  Possible factors that may impact performance include:

  • Motivational issues
  • Skill deficit
  • Lack of exposure to the task
  • Prompt reliance
  • Lack of generalization

*Parents/and caregivers only.  Care for participants is not provided, and the individual themselves is not meant to be a part of the orientation.

Once the goals are chosen, the first week of programming is spent assessing the skills in the target areas.  Then the facilitators and program consultants develop strategies and techniques to effectively teach the skill.  The facilitators will spend weeks 2-6 working directly with the participants, in a one-to-one ratio.

During the final two weeks of programming, week 7 and 8, parents/caregivers are requires to attend the sessions.  During week 7 the facilitators will demonstrate how they encourage the participant to perform the goals, using timers, visual task analyses or schedules, and/or reinforcements.  Finally, on week 8, the parents/caregivers are coached by the facilitators to implement the strategies modeled for them the previous week to encourage the participant to perform the identified skill. 

Parents will receive e-mail updates on weeks 2, 4, and 6.  A Session Summary that includes all of the strategies and recommendations from the program will be mailed out in the month following the session end.

Participants must meet the following criteria:

  • Are aged 13 years and older as of the program start date
  • Have an ASD diagnosis
  • Are able to commit to and attend scheduled treatment dates
  • Provide documentation of guardianship status

Cost: $200

Conversational Skills for Life Program (New!!)

The program involves asking parent’s/caregivers to complete a Skills for Life Inventory that allows them to choose two goals from the following areas:

  • Housekeeping (i.e., making bed, tidying room, vacuuming, washing clothes)
  • Mealtimes (i.e., utensil use, snack preparation, kitchen safety)
  • Hygiene/Grooming (i.e., shaving, oral care, nail care)
  • Dressing (i.e., orienting clothes, managing fasteners, tying shoelaces)
  • Coping with Appointments/Health (i.e., doctor visits, taking medication, hairdresser)

Parents/caregivers then attend a mandatory two hour orientation* where they will be encouraged to examine their son/daughter’s skills and determine “why” the participant is unable to complete the task.  Possible factors that may impact performance include:

  • Motivational issues
  • Skill deficit
  • Lack of exposure to the task
  • Prompt reliance
  • Lack of generalization

*Parents/and caregivers only.  The participant will discuss the goals with the facilitators on the first day of programming.

Once the goals are chosen, the first week of programming is spent assessing the skills in the target areas.  Then the facilitators and program consultants develop strategies and techniques to effectively teach the skill.  The facilitators will spend weeks 2-6 working directly with the participants, in a two-to-one ratio.  The goals may be taught in a group format, with discussions and role play.

During the final two weeks of programming, week 7 and 8, parents/caregivers are requires to attend the sessions.  During week 7 the facilitators will demonstrate how they encourage the participant to perform the goals, using timers, visual task analyses or schedules, and/or reinforcements.  Finally, on week 8, the parents/caregivers are coached by the facilitators to implement the strategies modeled for them the previous week to encourage the participant to perform the identified skill. 

Parents will receive e-mail updates on weeks 2, 4 and 6.  A Session Summary that includes all of the strategies and recommendations from the program will be mailed out in the month following the session end.

Participants must meet the following criteria: (NEW!!)

  • Are aged 17 years and older as of the program start date
  • Have and be aware of their ASD diagnosis
  • Be conversational, as some of the goals will be targeted in a group teaching format
  • Are able to commit to and attend scheduled treatment dates
  • Provide documentation of guardianship status

Cost: $200

Work Skills Exploration Program (formerly PAES and Vocational Program)

During the program participants are encouraged to explore a wide variety of entry level work skills, including but not limited to:

Retail skills

  • Folding clothes
  • Using a cash register
  • Packing groceries

Housekeeping

  • Making bed
  • Tidying room
  • Vacuuming

Office skills

  • Filing
  • Sorting mail
  • Collating

Facilitators target both “hard” skills related directly to task completion, as well as the “soft” skills (i.e., appropriately responding to and implementing feedback from supervisors, monitoring own break times) required in a work place, and create goals. Facilitators also examine the participant’s skills and determine why they may have difficulty completing the task.  Possible factors that may impact performance include:

  • Motivational issues
  • Skill deficit
  • Lack of exposure to the task
  • Prompt reliance
  • Lack of generalization

Once the goals are chosen, the first week of programming is spent assessing the skills in the target areas.  Then, facilitators develop strategies and techniques to effectively teach the skill, taking into account the participants current skill level.  The facilitators spend 8 weeks working directly with the participants, in a one-to-one ratio.

Parents/caregivers will receive e-mail updates on weeks 2 and 4.  A Session Summary that includes all of the strategies and recommendations from the program will be mailed out in the month following the session end.

Participants must meet the following criteria:

  • Are aged 13 years and older as of the program start date
  • Have an ASD diagnosis
  • Be motivated to attend programming and willing to participate in all tasks and discussions
  • Are able to commit to and attend scheduled treatment dates
  • Provide documentation of guardianship status

Cost: $200                 

Employment Preparation Program

This program covers the following topics:

  • Knowing Yourself
  • Job Searches, Applications, Resumes and Cover Letters
  • Disclosure and Self Advocacy
  • Interview Preparation and Videotaped Mock Interviews
  • Starting a New Job
  • Managing Workplace Demands
  • Social Expectations
  • Co-Worker Relationships

This program is run in a group learning environment, and includes role playing, interactive discussions and following PowerPoint slides.  Participants will be asked to dress in business attire for their mock interviews.  In addition, participants will be given “homework” each week, either a short worksheet or anything they did not complete during class time.  It is important that the individual themselves be responsible for this work; parents may assist but we ask that they do not do the task for them.  Part of the rationale of sending work home is to encourage accountability, time management skills and dependability.

Parents/caregivers will receive e-mail updates on weeks 2, 4, 8 and 10; the program runs for 12 weeks.  A Session Summary that includes all of the strategies and recommendations from the program will be mailed out in the month following the session end.

Participants must meet the following criteria:

  • Aged 14 years and older as of the program start date
  • Have and are aware of their ASD diagnosis
  • Self motivated to attain employment; eager to take a position if offered
  • Learn in a group environment
  • Basic computer skills
  • Ability to read at a grade 5 level, print/type or have a scribe
  • Possess social skills appropriate for group learning
  • Willing to dedicate time beyond program hours
  • Committed to attend scheduled treatment dates
  • Provide documentation guardianship status

Cost: $350

Post Secondary Preparation Program

This program covers the following topics:

  • Knowing Yourself
  • Decision Making
  • Disclosure and Self Advocacy
  • Career Planning
  • Demystifying the Application Process
  • Independent Living and Budgeting
  • Financial Planning and Assistance
  • Balancing Responsibility
  • Time Management
  • Stress Management
  • Dealing with Conflict

This program is run in a group learning environment, and includes role playing, interactive discussions and following PowerPoint slides.  Participants will be given “homework” each week, either a short worksheet or any tasks they did not complete during class time.  It is important that the individual themselves be responsible for this work; parents may assist but we ask that they do not do the task for them.  Part of the rationale of sending work home is to encourage accountability and the development of time management skills.

Parents/caregivers will receive e-mail updates on weeks 3 and 6; the program runs for 8 weeks.  A Session Summary that includes all of the strategies and recommendations from the program will be mailed out in the month following the session end.

Participants must meet the following criteria:

  • Aged 17 years and older as of the program start date
  • Have and are aware of their ASD diagnosis
  • Self motivated to attend post secondary
  • Reads at a grade 10 level
  • Print/type or have a scribe
  • Basic computer skills
  • Willing to dedicate time beyond program hours
  • Committed to attend scheduled treatment dates
  • Provide documentation of guardianship status

Cost: $200

For further information please call 403.210.5000 for Treena Gower Foster, Program Manager gowert@sta-ab.com.