Connections Club

Connections Club provides an applicable experience in a structured work setting which in turn facilitates meaningful connections and an improved quality of life.  Our club provides a foundation of support specific to four areas:

    • Social Skills
    • Life Skills
    • Communication/Advocacy
    • Organizational Skills

 

For individuals who typically experience work in sheltered job settings, the Connections Club is oftentimes their first experience connecting with the community in a meaningful way. It can stimulate skills often not touched upon in a long time.

The Connections Club Model

  • Each applicant must go through an interview process with the Connections Club team.
  • Once the interview process is complete, the applicant and their parent/caregiver will go through an informal assessment process.
  • Each applicant/caregiver must sign a photo release.
  • The Connections Club team will work collaboratively with the individual’s parent/caregiver to facilitate mutual collaboration between home and team members.
  • Areas targeted in the program:
  • Social Skills:
    • Social-emotional reciprocity
    • Non-verbal communication used for social interaction
    • Developing and maintaining relationships appropriate to developmental level
  • Life Skills:
    • Self-care
    • Increasing Independence
  • Communication and Advocacy:
    • Self-Advocacy
    • Self-Understanding
    • Emotional Regulation:
      • Proactive strategies
      • Understanding nonverbal cues and own emotional state/behavior
      • Predicting behavior of others
      • Identifying tools to assist in overwhelming emotional situations
  • Organizational Skills:
    • The Connections Club provides a structure by utilizing “work systems.” The system structures a task to facilitate greater on-task time, increase job completion and promotes independence. The work system addresses four questions:
      • What work?
      • How much work?
      • When am I finished?
      • What comes next?

Connections Club fees:  $15.00 per hour; monthly invoices provided to parent/caregiver

Participation:  Each individual will be interviewed at the beginning of their Connections Club experience to determine how many days/sessions a week would be most beneficial for the individual.  Session schedule can be revisited as the individual makes progress.

Team Meetings: Approximately every 6 weeks, a team meeting (including the individual, parent/caregiver, and Connections Club staff) will be held to discuss progress and determine the most appropriate next steps for the individual.

For more information about Connections Club or the Greater Expectations program, please fill out a brief Contact Us form.