The Connections Club: The Connections Club provides an applicable experience in a structured work setting; allows for making meaningful connections and an improved quality of life. The program will provide a foundation of support specific to four areas:
- Social Skills
- Life Skills
- Organizational Skills
All Connections Club activities and sessions are monitored and led by Therapists and Specialists with a combined total of over 50 years of experience.
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 will go through an informal assessment process with the applicant as well as their parent/caregiver.
- Each applicant/caregiver must sign a photo release.
- The Connection Club team will work collaboratively with the individual’s parent/caregiver to facilitate mutual collaboration between home and Connection Club 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 will provide 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: $10.00 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. That 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.
The Connections Club Creed
Together we work.
I will work hard, both alone and as a team.
I will strive to learn new tasks and fight discouragement with a positive attitude.
I will be a part of a team of attitude changers, so all may see I am strong, I am willing, and I can work well if given the chance.
While mistakes happen, I will learn from those mistakes, just like anyone else.
I will look at each day as a challenge I am willing to face, and make sure all who pass my way will know I am more than most thought I could be.
I am resilient.
I am capable.
I am motivated.
I am a valuable part of society.
I want to make connections and move boldly forward!