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.
Autism causes social interactions and 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 competence. Our coaches support students to practice these new skills in a safe and welcoming community-based environment.
Students practice in professional environments and earn to create professional relationships with support from our coaches. They learn how to socialize in order to achieve professional results they desire. The Autism Gives Back program advance students towards fulfilling occupations.
- Grow Social Skills
Our coaches work with you and your child to create and clearly define manageable social goals. Our students learn what specific behaviors look like and practice the behaviors while receiving feedback and reinforcement.
- Increase Self-Esteem
Our students 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.
- Make New Friends
Our Coaches help students to create, grow, and maintain friendships. Coaches help students to grow interpersonal skills required to foster better, longer lasting friendships.
- Real Life Practice
Our students work on both professional and social interactions in a real community-based, safe environment with continual support from our coaches.
- Foster Professionalism
Our students learn to work with others in respectful ways. They learn to recognize the needs of others in professional settings. Our students practice real-life professional interactions within their local communities.
- Set and Achieve Goals
Our students take responsibility for their own goals. They work with coaches to define their goal, along with the steps necessary to achieve. Students then execute these actions with the support of the coach.