School for both the girls and boys locations began on Monday, August 24. All students have received a schedule of what classes they are taking. These classes were determined by what each student needs to graduate from high school. Or if they are younger, which courses national standards require for that particular grade.
We have had new students join our school in the past few days and they will be given their schedule upon arrival at the school. The Educational Director met with students at both schools as a group. The purpose of the meeting was to motivate students about their educational and career prospects and also teach them how to become successful through using Vital Behaviors and Executive Functioning skills.
Students learned that education was the golden ticket to a better life. They learned that the more education they obtained and the more certifications and skills they mastered; the more opportunities for success they would have. In today’s world, it is important to have several skills that students can fall back on.
Students will be evaluated on a regular basis on the Vital Behaviors and Executive Functioning skills. Students will be given feedback by teachers and staff on the Vital Behaviors and Executive Functions and suggestions will be given on how they can improve each skill.
A list of Vital Behaviors and Executive Functioning Skills is provided below:
Information About The Class
By: Wendy Magrath
Personal Development focused on skills that students need in order to transition successfully from high school into work, college, and life in the community. The students demonstrated knowledge and skills for daily living, social skills and recreation and leisure skills within the community and on field trips.
Highlights included managing personal finances including savings, checking and credit and visiting a bank. The girls explored career options as well as living expenses. We also discussed renting and utilities as well as home maintenance. We went to a drug store and heard from a pharmacist and talked about managing personal prescriptions and obtaining health care. Shelley, our nurse gave some simple First Aid instruction and we discussed when to call 911 and other emergencies. The girls learned how to iron, thread a needle and sew on a button, made emergency kits and bookmarks.
We prepared some simple recipes, measuring ingredients, and learned how to pipe icing on cupcakes. We also learned about food labels, planned meals and visited a grocery store. Chris, one of our staff, instructed us about car maintenance and the girls picked out a dream car, discovered expenses associated with it and how to get a driver’s license. We practiced tipping at a restaurant and rode a city bus. They also planned a dream trip and presented it to the class. We just discussed needs of children, safety and environmental birth defects. We finished with instruction on personal safety by our new educational director, Joe Kelly.
We covered material quickly, but we all had fun and learned some valuable lessons too. It was fun to watch them participate in new things. Many of the girls had prior experience in some of the skills and added valuable insight into the class. We urge them to continue practicing these skills with their families.
Students at both schools will present projects that they have been working on all summer. Each project is individualized and was picked by the student. Projects range from performances to books that they have written. These projects have been beneficial in helping students develop several different executive functioning skills. Additionally, students have improved research and writing skills. The various projects that students are presenting are listed below:
“That Asperger’s Kid Book”
Dance Routine To Music
Making Bracelets Demonstration
Breeds of Horses Powerpoint
How To Learn German
How Animals Help People
Writing and Expanding Horizons
Basic Backpacking Lesson
How To Make Cats Happy