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How It Works

How It Works

The Mission

As part of the Independent Living Resource Center’s “Empowering People with Disabilities,” mission, Greater Expectations is a transitional liaison helping develop needed “systems” to help identify and implement “soft skills” into life opportunities for individuals ages 14+ on the autism spectrum and other developmental differences.As part of the Independent Living Resource Center’s “Empowering People with Disabilities,” mission, Greater Expectations is a transitional liaison helping develop needed “systems” to help identify and implement “soft skills” into life opportunities for individuals ages 14+ on the autism spectrum and other developmental differences.

Prior to starting the program, the individual/caregiver will:

  • Complete Case History/Intake forms
  • Have an Informal “Meet & Greet” Meeting with Staff
  • Participate in 1-2 Sessions for Required “Rapport Building” Time (45 minutes each, free of cost)
  • Complete Initial Assessment and Parent/Caregiver Involvement Information Form

**Participants must be able to read at least on a 7th-grade level and have the ability to independently communicate their wants/needs. Once these items are complete, our staff will determine if the program is suitable for the individual.**

WHAT ARE SOFT SKILLS?

“Soft skills,” also known as “21st-century skills,” are “employable skills” critical in helping people secure and sustain employment.

PERSONALIZED GOALS & PLANS

Our program will create personalized visions and goals using evidence-based practices, guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor, and teaming with parents/caregivers. We’ll use this information to build an individualized plan.

In a safe and fun environment of structure and support, we’ll implement:

  • Soft Skills
  • Higher Executive Functioning Skills
  • Intrapersonal/Interpersonal Skills
  • Work Skill Acquisition
  • Social Cognition: Awareness
  • Sustained Interventions/Supports

This program has 4 Levels and begins by addressing the following areas:

1. Social Thinking

  • Relationships/Friendships
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Self-Regulation/Self-Awareness
  • Perceptions/Inferences

2. Advocacy/Communication

  • Building Self-Esteem
  • Understanding ASD/DD
  • Advocating for Self
  • Effective Communication
  • Problem Solving

3. Organizational Skills

  • Planning for the Future
  • Time Management
  • Effective Task Execution/Completion

4. Life Skills

  • Independent Living (managing daily organizational needs; appointments, schedules, etc.)
  • Self-Care (hygiene, etc.)
  • Home Management (maintaining a comfortable and clean living space)