The Adult Autism Center will be the first of its kind in Utah. It will be an extension of the evidence-based treatment we provide at the existing Pingree Center but focused on daily living and vocational skills. The program will utilize applied behavior analysis (ABA) for providing treatment.
The goal will be increased independence for each client based on their abilities and interests. We will provide access to the community via internship, volunteer, and supported employment opportunities.
This program will provide a place where individuals with significant needs can continue to get quality treatment and work towards independence and increased quality of life.
When people living with autism transition into adulthood and no longer have access to educational services, they (and their caretakers) are faced with an entirely new set of challenges. Ongoing education and support is critical to helping individuals with autism reach their full potential and experience the highest possible quality of life.
The new Adult Autism Center will serve the needs of adults requiring a high level of support – those with lower cognitive and communication skills as well as the most challenging behavioral issues. With personalized care and instruction, individuals will learn valuable skills and achieve a higher level of independence.
The academics program will provide differentiated academic instruction for the individual’s needs and benefit.
A greenhouse where clients will learn how to grow plants and vegetables. They will also sell the produce at local farmer’s markets to help clients learn commerce.
Teach clients different arts and crafts. When appropriate, clients would be taught specific skills to create projects that could be sold at boutiques and farmer’s markets.
This will include a commercial kitchen to teach how to prepare individual meals, as well as items to be sold. Clients would be taught how to prepare a variety of healthy foods to increase their independence in caring for their daily needs. Clients would have the opportunity to make a food product to sell at boutiques and farmer’s markets.
A library with age and developmentally appropriate books for clients to check out. The library will assist clients to learn how to check out books, care for borrowed items appropriately, and return them on time. This will prepare them to use the public library as they gain independence.
A room with laundry machines, a bed, a closet, a shower, a kitchenette, etc. in order for clients to practice daily independent living skills.
Help clients decrease anxiety in medical and dental environments through a partnership with Intermountain and dental office for providing services in this space.
Training clients how to make and maintain friendships, interact with peers, spend leisure time appropriately, broaden interests, and access the community appropriately.
Provide training for applying for a job, interviewing, arriving to work on time, clocking in and out, taking breaks appropriately, and getting along with coworkers.
Teach clients how to build healthy habits and how to exercise appropriately. Many individuals with autism experience medical issues, obesity, and would prefer to have a more sedentary lifestyle. This part of the program would help the clients learn how to have more active and healthy lifestyles. Eventually, we would want the clients to gain independence and start using local recreation centers to exercise.
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