The Autism Gives Back program provides safe and welcoming environments with appropriate levels of support during social, professional, cultural, and recreational events. Our students practice and develop their social and professional skills during fun and life enhancing community events. We foster independence, confidence, and community inclusion.
How We Do It
Autism can cause social interactions and new settings to be a challenge. With the help of our social coaches, individuals with autism learn to tolerate uncomfortable situations, adjust their approach to healthier coping mechanisms, and develop vital social skills and competencies. Our coaches support participants to practice these new skills in a safe and welcoming community-based environment.
Individuals with autism have unique needs with respect to learning independence and self-discovery, due to their core challenges in social interaction and verbal and nonverbal communication. Participants in our program practice in professional environments, learn to create professional relationships with the support from our coaches, and acquire the skills and abilities to generalize his or her newly developed skill in other settings. The Autism Gives Back program advances students toward fulfilling occupations while utilizing six strategies for success. Such as:
- Growing Social Skills
Our coaches work with you and your family member to create and clearly define manageable social goals. Our participants learn what specific behaviors look like and practice the behaviors while receiving positive feedback and reinforcement.
- Increasing Self-Esteem
Our participants learn to see themselves in a positive way by working with our coaches. They discover and develop their strengths, gifts, and talents to create a healthy self-image. Then, they practice presenting themselves in more positive ways through shared experienced in the community.
- Making New Friends
Our Coaches help participants to create, grow, and maintain friendships. Coaches help participants to grow interpersonal skills required to foster healthy and longer lasting friendships.
- Real Life Practice
Our participants work on both professional and social interactions in a real community-based, safe environment with continual support from our coaches and staff.
- Fostering Professionalism
Our participants learn to work with others in respectful ways. They learn to recognize the needs of others in professional settings and respond accordingly. Our students practice real-life professional interactions within their local communities.
- Setting and Achieving Goals
Our participants take responsibility for their own goals. They work with coaches to define their goal, along with the steps necessary to achieve his or her specified goal. Participants then execute these actions with the support of the coach.