Students to identify the job of their dreams and create an action plan to make it a reality.
- Students will identify 2 to 3 of their top career options
- Students will research & identify the educational and experience requirements for each career
- Students will research & identify pay range for each career
- Students will locate local businesses that hire for their desired career
- Students will contact and schedule informational interviews with the leaders and managers of those companies to conduct informational interviews
- Students will present to the group what they discovered in their career search
DRESS FOR SUCCESS
Students will learn the difference between closing styles, style that suited for their physical built, and resources for closing purchases.
- Students will learn the distinction between professional, business casual, and casual attire and when each is appropriate to wear on the job and off-site work gatherings
- Students will define body type and the best styles suited for their build
- Students will identify resources to purchase appropriate business attire.
- Students will open a Pinterest Account to document the pieces of attire they wish to purchase and the locations where they can be purchased
- Students will take a field trip to a local men’s wear shop to learn how to put together a look that works best for them on the job and in their personal life
Students will learn the basic techniques of interview preparation, successful interview techniques, and how to follow up with employer after the interview.
- Students will learn how to compose a professional resume
- Students will learn how to research in advance of a job interview
- Students will learn the importance of networking and where and how to network
- Students will learn the importance and essentials of informational interviews
- Students will learn the essentials of follow up up with employers after the interview
ESSENTIAL LIFE SKILLS
SENSORY REGULATION 101
Students will learn about the fundamentals of sensory regulation, identify their own sensory preferences and triggers, and develop a basic sensory diet tailored to their needs.
- Students will learn what is sensory regulation and the 7 areas: olfactory (smell), tactile (touch), auditory (sound), visual (sight), gustatory (taste), vestibular (balance), and proprioceptive (movement)
- Students will assess their own sensory preferences and triggers
- Students will develop a basic sensory diet so they can proactively manage their stress levels and self-advocate for their sensory needs
Students will learn the benefits of being present in the moment to help manage stress. Students will practice mindfulness meditation at the beginning and conclusion of each day.
- Students will be introduced to the concept of mindfulness
- Students will learn about the mind-body connection
- Students will learn how to incorporate mindfulness into theit everyday lives.
- Students will learn the importance for diet and exercise in relation to being mindful
EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONING 101: ORGANIZING YOUR LIFE
Students will learn the basics of organization, time management, budgeting, and storage of important documents. Students will also learn how to utilize Google tools for email, calendar, spreadsheets, maps, internet search engine, and photo storage.
- Students will learn the fundamentals and basics of organizing personal information, planning for future activities, time management, and money management
- Students will learn the tools available through Google and how to best use of its basic functions: Gmail, Calendar, Maps, Spreadsheets, and Documents
- Students will learn how to use Googe as a cloud server for the storage of important documents
- Students will learn the basics of using social media (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest).
Students will learn about safety with law enforcement at an interactive screening of BE SAFE THE MOVIE to be facilitated by Emily Iland.
NUTRITION AND HEALTHY EATING
Students will learn the essentials of good nutrition and healthy eating and why it is essential to optimal functioning.
- Students will learn about healthy foods and where to buy them
- Students will learn how to prepare and pack healthy lunches for work and community outings
- Students will learn how to power up for breakfast and eat healthy snacks
- Students will learn how to prepare and share communal meals with friends
THE ART OF CONNECTION 101
Students will learn the fundamentals of The Art of Connection and learn how its basic principles can empower them to successfully integrate into their communities.
- Students will learn the first four guiding principles of the Art of Connection: Presence, Order, Focus and Respect
- Students will be engaged through group discussions, activities, Match-A-Friend-paired exercises and weekly guest teachers
- Students will learn the principles of The Art of Connection through movement, music, theater arts and dance
REHEARSING FOR LIFE™
Based on the principles of Elaine Hall’s THE MIRACLE PROJECT, students will incorporate theater, improv, and dance as a means of expression and how to incorporate the joys of creative expression into everyday life.
The Miracle Project – “Rehearsing for Life(TM) Social Skills Program is a social skills program for young adults on the Autism Spectrum which targets social interaction skills, including self awareness, self understanding, self care, self expression, self-regulation, advocacy, referencing, joint attention, reciprocity, and problem solving. The Miracle Project Rehearsing for Life(TM) Social Skills Program focuses on real life situations including being a friend, taking care of our bodies, play skills, body awareness, making transitions and easing anxiety. Participants will rehearse for real life situations by role-playing situations such as self-advocacy, rehearsing for job interviews, dealing with stressful or disappointing situations, dating, conflict resolution and more.
The Miracle Project Rehearse for Life Social Skills Program includes breathing techniques, yoga and meditation, mindfulness to ease anxiety, personal responsibility, problem solving in relationships, sensory de-sensitizing, body awareness, and communication exercises. In addition to the emphasis on these skills, the motivating interest in coming together to work on a group project, allows for in depth exploration of social themes, including appropriate expression of feelings, establishing friendship, helpfulness, kindness, trust, patience, generosity, communication, and group problem-solving skills.
Students will experience the creative power in using drums as a means of personal expression.