Classes offered for children 13-17 years of age
Life Enrichment – Children will practice everyday self-help skills with peers. A speech-language pathologist and occupational therapist will guide the children through activities such as going to a restaurant, grocery shopping, writing checks, making change, and doing laundry. The main objective is to improve daily living skills while also helping children to make friends and to interact appropriately with others.
Social Skills Challenge – Speech-language pathologists and occupational therapists will guide the children as they practice communicating with peers. The specific areas addressed will vary according to the needs of the children in each class and may include initiating and participating in conversation, maintaining appropriate eye contact, asking and responding to questions, and turn-taking. Children will practice social skills while participating in a variety of activities including role playing, outdoor games, board games, crafts, and conversation.
Improving Communication with Technology – This class utilizes alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) devices to provide children ways to communicate their wants and needs and provide them with appropriate ways to play with toys. Strategies and techniques are also implemented to improve verbal communication and receptive language. Socialization is also encouraged through the use of AAC devices and through play-based therapy.