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Social Skills & Employment Group for Young Adults with Autism Now Available

Social Skills & Employment Group for Young Adults with Autism Now Available

The program will be tailored to enhance specific social communication areas that are often lacking in those with ASD

By Lori Wilson

 

The Center for Accessible Living (CAL) and the University of Louisville Autism Center at Kosair Charities are seeking young adults ages 21 to 30 years old to participate in a social skills group focusing on employment.  Our program will be tailored to enhance specific social communication areas that are often lacking in those with ASD to allow for successful employment within their sphere of interest.  The group will:

  • Be run by a Licensed Psychologist and an Occupational therapist for 12 weekly sessions beginning Monday, January 27, 2014 from 10-11:30 a.m.
  • Use a combination of evidenced based practices.
  • All instruction will include modeling, rehearsal, and feedback and generally consist of four steps:
  1. introducing the topic with a social script
  2. explaining skills through nonverbal activities and modeling the correct behavior
  3. conducting role-plays through simulated situations
  4. disseminating homework for skill practice
  • Employ a web based program (JobTIPS) to improve effectiveness in practicing these skills
  • Measure effectiveness of the program by utilizing pre and post assessments completed by client and employer/supervisor
  • Include job searching assistance through CAL with Barbara Davis who has extensive experience helping people on the autism spectrum obtain employment in their area of interest.

All group participants must be current Vocational Rehabilitation clients.  Your Voc Rehab counselor can submit CRP and Life Skills Coaching (32H) referrals to Amy Jones at Phone: (502)589-6620, Fax: (502) 589-3980 or ajones@calky.org.  All referrals must be made before December 20, 2013.  Also required is a psychological evaluation within the last year or an assessment can be scheduled with the UofL Autism Center.

This group is limited to first 6 participants.  Additional groups will be forming in the future.

 

KY Autism Training Center Fall 2013 Newsletter November 2013

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