ADULT SERVICES​

Communication and soft skills training for individuals with autism, ADHD, anxiety, co-existing conditions, intellectual and developmental disabilities and other social or relationship challenges.

Adult Communication and Soft Skills for Employment Workshop

Standard classes run 10 weeks, meeting one time per week for two-hour sessions (may vary based on requests and needs)

Covering key foundational communication and soft skills including:

  • Workplace communication and social interactions

  • Effective small talk and topic shifts

  • Being flexible at work and in life

  • Proactive problem solving

  • Positive attitude and enthusiasm

  • Dating and Relationships

  • Employment considerations and types of jobs

  • Locating jobs and sources of employment

  • Planning, organizing, and time management

  • Self-monitoring, self-management, and self-advocacy

  • Teamwork and networking, and interviewing basics

  • And more…

Communication Basics for Teens & Adults: Individuals with More Complex Needs

Standard classes run 8 weeks, meeting two times per week for one-hour sessions (may vary based on need of each class)

Program customization and supports for interpersonal and work-based communications:

  • Individualization of program targeting needs of each participant

  • Maintain 2 to 1 ratio of instructors to participants

  • Reduced class size and session length with more in frequency of sessions

  • Repetition and practice of key skills to gain mastery and fluency of skills

  • Class covers:

    • Rules of conversation (customized and scaled to participant ability)

    • Having two-way conversations; entering and exiting conversations; verbal-nonverbal communication

    • Self-monitoring and self-advocacy to promote independent thinking and communication

Individual (one-on-one) Intervention and Support

The continued goal is to learn and practice in peer-based groups and settings in a workshop format. This helps with learning and generalizing  skills and knowledge learned to personal, community, and work-based settings. Sometimes it may be helpful to start skill building in a one on one (or individualized) setting, with the goal of moving to a group with peers in a workshop.