Social & Life Skills

starfishThe goal of our individualized Social and Life Skills Coaching is to help individuals with complex needs learn expected skills necessary for success in the communities in which they live.  These services are provided by our coaches, who are professionals with a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in education, psychology, social work, or a related field with extensive experience.

Our services are personalized to meet the unique needs of our clients and their families. Methods include informal interviews, review of IEP’s, formal evaluations and other relevant documents, as well as use of social, behavioral, sensory and/or life skills checklists.   We will work to help individuals understand their strengths and barriers to  identify long and short term goals to “connect the dots” to become self-advocates for their future success.pink-starfish-on-beach-wallpaper-4

 

Some examples of skills taught for children include greetings, asking for help, conversing, establishing eye contact, taking turns in play or conversation, sharing, playing active and passive games, acting appropriately in public places, participating in activities, chores, finding or refraining from finding items in stores, safe walking in public areas and getting help.

For teens we focus on appropriate conversation topics, texting, emailing, social media, independence in community settings, safety and self-advocacy, fitness routines, rules for interacting with the opposite sex, and rules for dealing with authority figures as examples.

Adults often need support with similar issue as teen agers with a more refined focus on independence, college and employment settings.  We work hard to teach, facilitate and support self-advocacy, self-reliance and self-determination toward goals which they choose. During this process, adults can discover that their goals may not always match their skills sets.  We can help to find the best match between their skills sets, interests and needs.  Skills for adults may include learning to clean and organize their own space in a way that works for their needs, cook, travel safely and independently, organize routines required for successful employment, appropriate hygiene and dress for community participation, and responsible use of alcohol or medication.

Community settings have included family homes or individual’s apartment, places of worship, recreation centers, restaurants, malls, coffee shops, school sporting events, dances or other special events.  Some have even been in bars to help adults recognize the dangers of the environment, make appropriate decisions regarding personal interactions and responsible drinking.  EVERYTHING IS INDIVIDUALIZED!  Intervention strategies include the fundamentals of ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis), task analysis and instruction, texting as social cues, social stories, scripting, role play and most importantly facilitated experience in community settings.