Adult Life Skills & Hybrid Programs


Spring 2014 Schedule

Date Time
02/17/14 6:00-8:00pm
02/24/14 6:00-8:00pm
03/03/14 6:00-8:00pm
03/17/14 6:00-8:00pm
03/24/14 6:00-8:00pm
03/31/14 6:00-8:00pm
04/07/14 6:00-8:00pm
04/14/14 6:00-8:00pm

Open house will be held on Monday, February 10.

*There will be no programs on March 10, 2014.


Registration for the Spring 2014 session is now full.



Adult Life Skills & Hybrid Programs

Cost: $475 - 8-week program
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Registration for the Spring 2014 session is now full.

Overview:
The Kinney Centerís Adult Life Skills Program develops and expands daily living skills for individuals with autism ages 18 years and older. With the goal of enabling individuals to live the most independent lives possible, the program specifically focuses on increasing independence in the following areas: money management, meal preparation and food management, personal hygiene and health, housekeeping and emergency and safety skills. Please note that dates for the 8-week program will include holiday and university breaks.


NEW OFFERING - Adult Skills Hybrid
In order the meet the demand for the Thursday Adult Social Skills program, a new option is now available for interetsed participants and families. The Adult Skills Hybrid Program focuses on teaching Social Skills as well as Independent living skills. The participants will receive a group Social Skills Lesson and 1:1 instruction for both Social Skills and Life Skills as well as prepare a group meal.


Eligibility Requirements:
Adults presenting a preliminary set of group readiness skills are eligible for the Life Skills Program. This set of skills can vary across ages. For more information on group readiness skills, please feel free to contact the program manager, Arianna Esposito, at aespos01@sju.edu.

Please note that this program can accommodate a limited number of participants. If enrollment limits are reached, applicants may be placed on a waiting list. A limited number of financial assistance scholarships are available to families with financial need, subject to approval. The Kinney Center also offers a "sibling discount" to families with more than one child enrolled in the same program.


Program Specifics:
The Adult Life Skills Program utilizes the principles of applied behavior analysis. Each week, individuals will participate in a group lesson, prepare dinner in the Kinney Center kitchen with their peers and practice individual skills. Upon acceptance into the program, individuals must complete a comprehensive survey of existing life skills. The Kinney Center staff will review the survey, determine goals and develop lesson plans to teach skills. Adults will receive an individualized program specific to their needs. Throughout the session, staff will collect data to monitor progress and modify lessons if needed.


Staff Specifics:
This program provides a service for adults and their families while training undergraduate students to work in the field. The direct care staff consists of undergraduates, known as SCHOLARS, who receive two weeks of intensive training upon acceptance into their role. In addition, Graduate Assistants within related fields manage the team of SCHOLARS, meeting on a weekly basis to discuss skill progress and suggested teaching activities. The program is lead by a full time staff member who serves to train and supervise SCHOLARS in skill teaching procedures and behavioral interventions. The program manager is also available to complete functional behavior assessments and behavior intervention plans for students that present behavioral concerns during the program.

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