Life Skills Program

Do you remember the first time you lived on your own? Did your first load of laundry? Cooked your first meal? Looked for your first job? For any young adult, these can be nerve-wracking tasks. For a young adult with emotional, behavioral, and learning challenges, gaining confidence in these simple skills is the gateway to launching a life of independence.

At age 22, these young people will become independent – with or without having the life skills essential for successful independent living.

At Therapeutic Day School, we want them to have those skills.

The brand-new Life Skills Program at the Therapeutic Day School enables more than 120 at-risk youth to gain skills in decision making, time management, interpersonal relationships, team building and independent living. Existing classroom space has been re-purposed as a life skills transition room, complete with a kitchen that is fully stocked with all different types of appliances, washer and dryer and ample storage space.

Within this amazing space, students learn money management, cooking, cleaning, laundry, using transportation, recycling, nutrition and health, and personal hygiene skills. The Life Skills Program brings social-emotional, motor, academic, and language together through functional activity, promoting self-confidence and introducing new opportunities for the future.

When the school day ends, the Life Skills Program and the room that houses it can be used by other JCFS programs such as after-school inclusive recreation and integrated pediatric therapies.