Social Skills Training

The Social Skills Training Program (SSTP) is designed to provide programmatic training for adults who have behavioral concerns that prevent them from placement in conventional Adult Day Programs and vocational services. The training techniques utilized in the SSTP are based on providing positive and successful activities for each person. A non-aversive positive behavior management approach is utilized. Each person is provided with numerous successful interactions throughout the day in a variety of settings. The program utilizes antecedent control when possible, and attempts to set the stage for the person to be involved throughout the day in situations which result in successful and positively reinforced natural conclusions.

*Services are provided to persons who need constant supervision, may require assistance with personal care or feeding, and there is a nurse, part-time, to assist with “G-tube” feeding or other medical needs. Individuals should also be are able to participate in community activities at least four hours weekly, and can function in a group setting of no less than 1:3 staff to consumer ratio. Exceptions are made on a case-by-case basis as determined by the individual’s interdisciplinary team.

The Social Skills Training Program (SSTP) operates within the framework of the established Adult Day Programs, and provides programming and training for individuals who have behavioral concerns that prevent them from placement in conventional rehabilitation programs. Designated SSTP staff use a positive behavior support philosophy to assist in the development of social skills and other appropriate behaviors, which will then permit each individual to function in a community integrated day or vocational program without the need for specialized behavior management services. SSTP shapes the appropriate behaviors for the setting in which they are needed. Each individual becomes familiar with the daily routine of community employment and activities and/or center-based classes and activities, works with the program staff throughout the day, and establishes relationships with peers and others in the community. SSTP provides a 1:3 staff-to-client ratio.