SpectrumCare's Life Skills Training Program offers opportunities for children, teens, and young adults to engage in fun activities with similar aged peers while developing social skills and life skills. Our “one on one” and group sessions are led by an Occupational Therapist and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst along with support staff. Our multi-disciplinary team designs and modifies every activity for each participant’s abilities, needs, and goals so each participant is successful and improves their skills. We often combine both social skills and life skills according to the participants’ needs. These groups are for new and existing OT or ABA clients (5 to 21 years of age) and require a screening or evaluation. 

Potential Funding Sources for Services 

If the participant has a medical diagnosis for which OT and/or ABA therapy is prescribed, medical insurance may be a funding option, or if the participant has an IEP with applicable transition goal(s), the school district may contract with SpectrumCare for services, and lastly SpectrumCare also accepts private pay arrangements or private contracts with agencies for all services. 

Program Description 

Life Skills Training (Individual and Group)

Participants will develop everyday life skills needed to become more independent with less parental and caregiver support. Activities may take place in the clinic, school, home, and in the community. 

 Living Skills: In SpectrumCare’s Living Skills program module, our participants learn and apply activities of daily living that enhance their independence. 

Skills learned in the Living Skills Program Component include:

  • Food preparation
  • Cleaning and household chore
  • Laundry
  • Grocery shopping
  • Personal hygiene 
  • Home and community safety awareness
  • Budgeting and banking
  • Paying bills
  • Usage of public transportation
  • Usage of public restrooms
  • Personal health care
  • Medication management
  • General Shopping
  • Making doctor appointments
  • Self-advocacy

Social Skills: In SpectrumCare’s Social Skills program component, our participants learn and apply social skills.  A focus on the client’s areas of interest will be the starting point in developing a plan. As a result, the client will learn how to participate more fully in relationships. 

Skills learned in the Social Integration Skills Program include:

  • Interactive conversations
  • Tolerating frustration and exhibiting calming strategies
  • Decision-making skills
  • Making appropriate choices
  • Using appropriate social etiquette and table manners
  • Interpreting social cues
  • Initiating and maintaining personal relationships
  • Participating in social, recreational, and leisure activities

Vocational Skills: In SpectrumCare’s Vocational Skills program component, our participants learn and apply the essential skills necessary for employment and maintaining employment. 

Skills learned in the Vocational Skills program component include:

  • Developing a resume
  • Searching for employment
  • Completing job applications
  • Developing interview skills
  • Learning to select professional attire
  • Learning to make a positive presentation
  • Demonstrating appropriate work behaviors
  • Collaborating and interacting with co-workers
  • Managing job stress

Group Information (New groups will start based on interest and availability)

Group size: between 2 to 6 participants (new and existing OT or ABA clients)

Time: meets for 1 to 1.5 hours, 1-4 times a week, for 6 to 9 weeks 

Location: varies 

Cost: contact us for rates

We offer groups for:

  • Children (ages 5-7)
  • Pre-teens (ages 8-12)
  • Teens (ages 13-17)
  • Young Adults (ages 18+)