We teach independent living skills at home and serve individuals in their natural environment, supporting the family in structure, routine and expectations. We help with things like self care, hygiene and chores around the house. In addition, we teach independent living skills outside of the home, like grocery shopping and social skills. Our goal is to increase the level of independence in a friendly, social environment.
Independent Living Skills (In Home)
Independent living skills in the home setting focuses on the client’s needs to build capacity as an independent adult. The In Home Trainer, along with the parents/guardians will assess where the client is with their current abilities and build a plan to increase the level of independence in a familiar environment. This includes, but is not limited to: self care and hygiene, chores around the house, beginning stages of money management and functional academics needed as a young adult.
Independent Living Skills (In Community)
Independent living skills in the community focuses on the client’s needs to build capacity as an independent adult focusing on everyday needs as being a contributing member of society. The In Home Trainer, along with the parents/guardians will assess where the client is with their current abilities and build a plan to increase the level of independence in their natural, social environment. This includes, but is not limited to: grocery shopping, eating out with friends/family, social skills, manners and functional academics.
Most negative behavior is driven by the lack of appropriate communication skills. Behavior modification looks into the root of the problem areas to find the true motivation behind the negative behavior. An informal assessment will be completed by parents and in home trainer to identify the motivator and target those specific needs. A reinforcement Inventory will be completed as well to best support the modification of the behavior and reward the displayed replacement. Each motivator is supported differently and given appropriate consequences, both positive and negative. This includes, but not limited to: visual supports, building structure into the everyday routine, resolving the power and control conflicts, as well as Discrete Trial Training as needed.
Communication Needs and Supports
Communication is a vital skill for all people, including clients who are non-verbal. It is imperative that they have a voice in their everyday life. This allows the client to have a feeling of self worth and have control of what wants and needs are met. Using a communication system will build the structure of independence as a young adult. The less the client relies on others, the more of an increase of independence and positive behavior will be displayed.