Social and leisure skills play an important role for everyone. However, for those living with autism, developing these skills can be challenging due to physical, social, and institutional barriers. That is why at the Adult Autism Center, we have developed a program that allows individuals with complex needs to practice these critical skills in a more controlled environment.
Since many individuals with autism tend to spend a great deal of their time participating in solitary activities, our Social and Leisure Skills Autism program encourages significant personal growth. The goal is to better prepare individuals for the world outside of the Adult Autism Center, helping them achieve greater independence and a higher quality of life.
For the general population, interests are often developed over time based on exposure to new varied places, people, and activities. However, for those with autism, limitations in social communication can hinder this process. Repetitive patterns of behaviors and interests can also prevent individuals from exploring novel activities.
While focusing on leisure skills for Autism, this portion of the program can help combat challenging behaviors. When individuals participate in activities they enjoy, they benefit from greater emotional satisfaction and relaxation. Being able to entertain oneself in a meaningful way can also help reduce stress levels both at home and within the community.
Leisure activities tie into the development of social skills, as adults with autism can often more easily connect with individuals who share common interests. An activity can bring a group of people together who share the same passion, offering a sense of connection. In that sense, leisure skills open the door for increased social interaction.
Staff will implement a modified “Superheroes Social Skills” curriculum and our web-based curriculum.
In terms of leisure skills, we work closely with each individual to develop opportunities that best suit their needs and interests. These skills help adults with autism occupy themselves when they have free time. From reading to listening to music, painting to cooking, these activities can improve the overall well-being of adults with autism. That is why we offer such a wide variety of options.
These skills will then translate into everyday life outside of the Adult Autism Center, allowing individuals to discover new interests.
To enroll in this program, individuals with autism and their family members/caregivers can discuss openings with staff members at the Adult Autism Center. Please fill our referral form form so that we can learn more about you or your loved one.
Skill assessment will be based on individual ability to engage in certain activities and the curriculum. Like all of our person-centered programs, each individual will be assessed in terms of their personal needs, abilities, goals, and interests. Based on these assessments, we adjust each individual's program plan so that they can achieve new milestones.
Placement will depend on what each individual likes to do, as well as their personal comfort levels. To better understand what each person likes, we work closely with the individual, as well as their caregivers. This provides us with the initial insight required for placement and then moving forward, each individual's skill assessment will influence future placement.
At the Adult Autism Center, we encourage expanding interests. That is why we continue to directly observe our clients, offering them new opportunities. Since greater independence is achieved by being able to do activities across a variety of environments, it's important for adults with autism to explore growing interests, as well as opportunities that allow them to build and practice critical skills.
The ultimate goal of this program, like all of our programs, is to encourage adults with autism as they develop independent living skills so that they can seek employment, integrate with their community, and live a more fulfilling, healthy life.
Client growth will be measured based on the attainment of socially significant skills and increased engagement in activities. Each individual is unique, which is why we work with clients one-on-one. This individualized approach allows each person to reach their full potential, moving at a pace that ensures the highest levels of comfort and safety.
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