The technology program is designed to provide a creative and productive outlet for individual's who have an aptitude for technology. They will be supported in developing and improving skills that can enhance communication, expand learning or even lead to employment opportunities. Areas of instruction may include:
communicating in the modern age (email, texting, face time)
introduction to word documents
introduction to data base programs
beginner web design
intro to programing
intro to photoshop
With the right guidance and purpose, media is a great way to learn about and connect with the world. The program exposes individuals to various forms of digital, entertainment and social media. Subject areas may include:
understanding and creating blogs
using and creating social media
audio and video editing
Getting a job and keeping a job is particularly challenging in this day and age. We provide flexible and person-centered instruction that focuses on interests, strengths and the skills required to maintain employment.
This program is designed to practice and develop the prerequisites skills necessary for obtaining and keeping a job. The specific components of each individual's program will vary with interests, strengths and needs. Skills training may focus on:
exploring strengths and areas of interest
following multiple-step directives
developing acceptable work routines
communicating needs effectively
accepting and following instruction
working cooperatively with others
managing time constraints
This program has been designed for individuals that have displayed a level of mastery in prerequisite work skills. Individuals are given greater responsibility and autonomy. Instruction focuses on specific work tasks and skills related to their area of interest. Each individual's program will vary with interests, strengths and needs. Training may focus on:
understanding workplace etiquette
accepting and learning from constructive criticism
considering personal appearance
persisting on challenging task
understanding health and safety issues
considering quality of work
balancing on-task and off-task behavior
Skills practiced and developed include:
valuing and developing relationships
adapting to change/ improving flexibility
communicating needs effectively
considering and understanding others' perspectives
Personal Growth Classes (14-adult)
Life-development courses are now available for teens and adults. Based on the latest research, these groups engage in instruction that explore adult themes, expand awareness, teach practical strategies and promote personal development. Classes are grouped and divided according to age.
Adult Life 101
This class explores the basics. From budgeting, to filling out a job application, to answering the phone politely, we'll review all the skills that lead to greater independence.
The Art of Conversation
This class provides a loosely structured format that supports individuals in their efforts to communicate and make friends.
Ready, Set, Goals
Designed to be fun and thought provoking, this class assists in exploring values, developing priorities, setting realistic goals and developing plans of action.
The Friendly Competition
This class offers a safe opportunity to learn and practice interpersonal and cooperative skills through competitive activities, so that everyone can be better prepared for the game of life.
One of the most important aspects in our lives is learning how to have mutual, caring romantic relationships. A sensitive topic and subject matter rarely discussed, we will explore all aspects of romantic relationships.
For Argument's Sake
This class explores and practices the necessary components for resolving conflicts. Flexibility, emotional regulation and cooperative skills will all be practiced.
Exploring Relationships Through Film
In this class, we will use film to investigate the social world. In an effort to expand awareness, critical attention will be paid to the underlying motivations of characters, the conflicts they experience and the consequences of their behavior.
College Life 101
This class provides an overview of some of the differences between high school and college and prepares students for likely challenges. Managing workloads, deciding on courses, understanding standard procedures, exploring social opportunities and finding supports will all be reviewed.
Restricted interests, limited opportunities, and bad experiences in the past, keep many individuals from meeting others and developing relationships. Loneliness is painful and emotionally and physically unhealthy. Yet it's often hard to convince many individuals to get out of the house and make an effort to spend time with others. That's why we've worked hard to create a relaxed and stimulating environment that encourages social interaction and friendships. With the right support, entertaining activities and a cool place to gather most individuals won't be able to keep themselves from having fun!
The Art of Hanging Out (Teens)
This program gives teens the opportunity to develop friendships in a safe, structured and fun environment. The program is designed to promote peer interaction and to expose participants to age-appropriate activities commonly enjoyed by teens. The goal of the socialization program is to aid kids in adapting to various social environments and ultimately to build sustaining healthy peer relationships.
The Art of Hanging Out (Adults)
Listening to music, eating take-out, playing the latest video game, all of these things are better when you're doing them with someone else. This is not a formal class, but instead is an opportunity to socialize and get to know others. Hanging out is not so much a skill, as it is a state of mind. We provide a cool, comfortable and safe setting to gather. With proper over-site and plenty to do, the opportunities are endless.
Monthly training seminars are now available for parents. These classes are designed to help family members understand and support their child through their teens and early adulthood. Classes may include:
1. To connect individuals with all levels of ability to meaningful relationships, activities, and instruction in an effort to broaden interests, capacities and community inclusion.
2. To improve and expand service delivery to marginalized individuals and their families and to provide practical solutions to daily struggles.
3. To meet the unique service needs of individuals who struggle socially or emotionally, with the use of interventions based on research science and the latest advances in technology.
4. To develop prevocational, vocational and employment services based on innate talents and unique challenges.
5. To prove without further doubt that a holistic, person-centered model comprised of human respect, professional instruction and operational excellence need not be rare nor governed by greed.
Great Connections Guiding Values
A commitment to informed decision-making is our foundation, and we believe doing our best includes setting realistic expectations, working toward balance and sustainability, and being accountable to the community we service.
We recognize that the best outcomes are a result of the combined efforts and ideas of the stakeholders, community leaders and industry professionals. Combining forces with law makers, business leaders, medical professionals, academics, educators, family members and the individuals themselves is the only way to arrive at innovative solutions to the chronic challenges we face.
Effective service provision requires more than just good intentions. Social and behavioral challenges are rooted in neurological and cognitive differences. To ensure growth and development, practitioners and direct service providers need to understand these differences and employ interventions and practices that address these differences.
We are committed to correcting misguided beliefs and practices that have led to marginalization and disenfranchisement of the special needs community. We will accept only a professional standard in our interactions with the individuals we serve and their families and will employ a rigorous training program to ensure the safe, appropriate and person-centered care they deserve.
The cornerstone of our efforts is to combat social isolation and to create opportunities that include our individuals in every facet of their community, while providing them with the specialized supports and considerations they need to be fulfilled and successful.
We understand that it's time to move away from traditional service models
that fail to empower individuals and their families. Flexible and person-centered models that focus on self-determination, development and the dignity of work are necessary to meet the needs of this growing population.