Skills We Teach for Independence 2017-05-08T12:07:55+00:00

Skills We Teach for Independence

Maximizing independence through teaching and experience.

At Independence360 we teach the following life skills, with the goal of maximizing independence.

Male participant gardening with staff - adult program for people with disabilities in Whippany, NJVocational and Job Skills

Adults on the autism spectrum and with related developmental disabilities need to be ready to seek meaningful employment. We help them get there. We teach not only the “hard skills” like learning to interview for a job, filling out an application and developing a resume, but also the vital “soft skills” they so often lack, like:

  • Asking for help, supports or accommodations
  • Accepting and giving critical feedback
  • How to take a break
  • Topics for conversation at work

We offer a multi-tiered flexible continuum of supports based on each individual’s need.

Self-Direction and Self-Advocacy

Learning about and embracing who we are as people is an important part of becoming independent for everybody. For adults on the autism spectrum and with related developmental disabilities, this can be complicated. At Independence360, we break it down, and offer direct instruction to teach adults to speak up for themselves.

Self-Expression and Communication

We teach and encourage adults to express their thoughts, preferences and interests in appropriate ways.

Communication is often a major challenge for adults with autism and related developmental disabilities. Whether an adult uses verbal language, gestures or a communication device, we use effective strategies to teach appropriate personal communication skills to our adults.

Life Skills to Promote Wellness

We teach the skills needed to make healthy choices that enhance well-being, such as learning to shop for nutritious food, preparing healthy meals, learning to enjoy a wide range of physical activities, and managing stress. Our horticulture program teaches farm-to-table concepts, and our integrated sports programs allow for physical fitness while making friends and having fun. We are also beginning a chef taught culinary arts program to help teach skills in healthy eating and food preparation.

Self-Care

We provide direct instruction in personal hygiene, dressing for work, medication management, and more.

Social and Relationship Skills

Our social skills program goes far beyond the traditional. It works to increase the empathy, compassion and understanding needed for relationships at work, home, and social settings, to help our adults develop and maintain meaningful relationships.

Life Skills for Living

We teach basic life skills that adults need to manage their lives. These include: personal finance (check book and banking skills, responsible debit and credit card use); travel training, clothing care (laundry, ironing, basic sewing); apartment management (kitchen and bathroom clean up, vacuuming, bed making, etc.), phone skills and much more. With the help of our staff chef, we have classes in healthy cooking for life, as well as for vocational training.