Peace at Home Caregivers is proud to offer a Summer Social & Skills Program for kids ages 12 - 18 who are diagnosed as PDD-NOS, high-function Autism or Asperger’s.
The program will start July 12th, 2016 and run every Tuesday (Middle School) and Thursday (High School) for six weeks ending August 18th. Group size is limited - applications are accepted on a first available basis.
• Middle School group (fall 2016) will meet Tuesday afternoons.
• High School group (fall 2016) will meet Thursday evenings.
Groups will meet at the Peace at Home Caregivers office in Grand Haven (located at 801 Robbins Rd.) however, we plan on being outside as much as possible. If weather does not permit outside activities, we will notify you of the alternative meeting place.
Our support staff will consist of a Special Education professional who will lead and oversee the activities. This professional will be assisted by high school students who have participated in the LINKS program. Our goal is to have 1 peer per 2 students.
The LINKS program is a peer-to-peer support program developed at Grand Valley State University. These peers “model typical academic and social behavior in educational environments throughout the school day and provide support for students with ASD to promote independence and socialization.” These students have received sensitivity training and education regarding Autism and similar disabilities.
The Summer Social & Skills Program cost is $375 per student. A portion of this will go toward Money Management skills and students will be required to keep record of where their money is spent during the six week program. Money will not be available to students outside of their program time.
You may apply for a scholarship for this program through Autism Support West Shore by going to their website www.asws.org and clicking on Scholarship Application on the right hand side of the page. Fill out the application and submit to ASWS as directed. Also, if you receive funding through the Family Support Subsidy, those dollars can be applied toward this program.
Each week will have a new focus while building upon the previous weeks activities. Below are just a few of the life skills we will be working on:
- Being a Good Friend and Hidden Social Cues
- Understanding Autism
- Money Management
- Being a Good Customer
- Simple Food Preparation
- Navigation and Transportation
Students with parent assistance, will be required to fill out a biography outlining favorites things to do, dislikes, allergies and sensitivities. They will also need to submit a photo and contact information so they can be contacted by other students. At the beginning of the program, each student will receive a customized booklet of all the friends in the program with pictures, names, phone numbers, favorites and things to avoid.
For questions please contact Brigette Kemink via email at email@example.com or 616-935-7755.