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Professional Development

AccessAbilities, Inc. has developed a non-traditional day program that focuses on the individual’s goals set forth in a Individualized Support Plan.

Participants in our Professional Development Program have the opportunity to work on a variety of skills including:

  • Academics
  • Socialization
  • Money management
  • Daily living skills
  • Recreation
  • Fitness
  • Aktion Club

Rooms are divided based on the consumer’s needs and functionality.

Rooms include:

Academics

  • Promotes a robust learning environment through differentiated instruction
  • Social skills and academic proficiency are foundation
  • Coping mechanisms and practical application are practiced
  • Subjects explored: mathematics, money skills, English (writing, reading and phonics), current events, cooking, activities of daily living, health, personal hygiene and physical education.
  • Consists of higher functioning students with moderate learning deficits stemming from medical, speech/language, hearing and/or cognitive processing deficits.
  • Diverse curriculum allows class members to flourish and expand their skills to become more confident and productive members of society.

Pre-vocational & life skills

  • Consumers review and practice necessary basic skills to enter the workforce or begin trade schools
  • Key components such as resume development, money management and apartment hunting included

Functional Skills levels 1 and 2

Functional Skills level’s 1 and 2 offers our consumers the opportunities to learn many fun skills. We have implemented the TEACCH method in our rooms. TEACCH methods are based on the premise that individuals with disabilities are predominantly visual learners so intervention strategies focus on physical and visual structure, schedules, work systems and task organization. Individualized systems aim to address difficulties with communication, organization, generalization, concepts, sensory processing, change and relating to others. At the core of TEACCH is the idea of structured teaching.  Structured teaching is comprised of 3 components: physical organization, scheduling, and teaching methods. The developers of the TEACCH method have based their model on the idea that to effectively teach students a teacher must provide structure. This means they should set up the classroom so that the individuals understand where to be, what to do, and how to do it, all as independently as possible.

Academics Include:

  • Single digit addition
  • Role playing with every day monetary purchases
  • 4-5 letter sight words
  • Following directions worksheets and exercises
  • Listen comprehension activities such as story time with a question and answer segment

Daily Living skills include:

  • Household chores like vacuuming, laundry, dishes, sweeping and mopping
  • Oral hygiene
  • Cooking/baking side dishes and snacks

Healthy Living

  • Light exercise after lunch
  • Occasional walks at the park or on our property
  • Making healthy snacks

Arts and Crafts

  • Making our own puffy paint
  • Creating seasonal decorations for the building
  • Favorite activities posters
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