Therapeutic Programming For The Life Span

 

Autism Society NWPA offers many therapeutic, evidence-based programs for individuals on the Autism spectrum throughout their lifespan. The therapeutic programs are designed to develop seven categories of life skills necessary for success. These consist of executive functioning skills, practical living skills, personal care, job skills, personal safety, people skills, and communication. These programs are open to all individuals living with Autism Spectrum Disorder. These programs are currently offered in Spring (Feb-May) and Fall (Sept-Dec). Registration for Spring Sessions open in January and registration for Fall sessions open in August. 

Preschool Programming: ages 3 to 5

  • Feel the Beat | Ages 3-5|(Fall Session)

Sessions in Fall. Free-spirited jam session designed to familiarize children with various sounds.

  • Sticky Fingers | Ages 3-5| (Spring Session)

Sessions in Spring. Sensory, ooey, gooey program designed to familiarize children with various textures.

Children and Teen Programming: ages 5 to 21

  • Building Connections Lego Club | Ages 5-21 (K-12) | (Fall and Spring Sessions)

Sponsored by Auto Racers for Kids Charity.
Sessions in Fall and Spring
LEGO Club is an effective way for children and teens with social difficulties associated with Autism to improve their social interactions and communication skills.
The 2nd Saturday of the month

  • Friends & Pals Teen Club | Ages 13–21| (Fall and Spring Sessions) 

Sessions in Fall and Spring
The group gives teens with Autism an opportunity to utilize their social skills and practice them in a comfortable environment.
The 1st Thursday of each month. This program is 4 weeks long. 

  • Bridge to Success | Ages 13-21| (Fall Session)

Sponsored by Debra Thompson in honor of her son, Michael Thompson
Thursday evenings
The group gives teens with Autism an opportunity to utilize their social skills and practice them in a comfortable environment.
Spring Session
The group is based on building additional life skills for participants.

  • Small Bites | Ages 13-21| (Spring Session)

Thursday evenings
The group teaches students about nutrition and healthy snack making through a series of hands-on lessons. This program is 6 weeks long. 

Teen & Adult Life & Job Skills: ages 16 and up

  • Skills to Pay Bills | Ages 14-22 | (Spring Session)

Grant funding provided by Erie Insurance
Spring Session
Has 5 modules available:
Banking
Cooking
Household Skills
Job Skills
Life Skills

  • Adult Social Club | Ages 18 and up | (Fall and Spring Session) 

Sessions in Fall and Spring
The group gives adults with Autism an opportunity to continue to socialize with peers after they leave formal educational settings
The 2nd Saturday of the month

  • Drive to Success | Licensed Drivers/Passengers (Fall Session) 

Participate in hands-on training with local police officers and the Autism Society NWPA.
Opportunity for licensed drivers identified with an Autism diagnosis to experience and practice real-time traffic stops. Limited space for unlicensed individuals with ASD. Help your young adult be prepared in the event of a traffic stop and/or accident.
Four-week program includes Meet & Greet, Classroom training, Mock Traffic stops, and graduation.

~ Personal vehicle required for Mock Traffic stops.
This program is in collaboration with: Local Law Enforcement

For more information, call (814) 455-3540 or email program@autismnwpa.org.

Therapeutic Program Events

Feb.
01+
Friends & Pals Teen Social & Small Bites Spring 2024 | ASNWPA
Thursday, February 1, 2024 – Thursday, May 2, 2024

Spring registration opening to Members ONLY 12/29-01/05. Registration to public opening 01/06.  Friends & Pals Teen Club (ages 13 – 21) provides an opportunity for friendship, conversation, and FUN! Teenagers need more independent social skills once they leave school for college or the job market. Our group gives teens on …

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Feb.
06+
Skills to Pay the Bills | Spring 2024 | ASNWPA
Tuesday, February 6, 2024 – Thursday, May 30, 2024

Spring registration opening to Members ONLY 12/29-01/05. Registration to public opening 01/06. Skills to Pay the Bills have 5 modules for ages 14- 21. You may select which ones your participant would like to attend. Each module will be limited to 10 participants. Banking – For individuals to understand the concept of …

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Feb.
08+
Sticky Fingers | ASNWPA
Thursday, February 8, 2024 – Thursday, February 22, 2024

Spring registration opening to Members ONLY 12/29-01/05. Registration to public opening 01/06. A 3-week ooey gooey sensory program designed to familiarize children with Autism ages 3-5 with various textures. For this program, a parent/ guardian is required to stay on the premises. Schedule: February 8th, 15th, and 22nd from 5:00pm-6:00pm. …

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Feb.
10+
Adult Social Group | Spring 2024 | ASNWPA
Saturday, February 10, 2024 – Saturday, May 11, 2024

Spring registration opening to Members ONLY 12/29-01/05. Registration to public opening 01/06. The group gives adults on the Autism Spectrum an opportunity to continue to socialize with peers after they leave formal educational settings.  Age 18 and older. Must be registered to participate. Spring 2024 | February 10th, March 9th, …

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Feb.
10+
Building Connections | LEGO Social Club Spring 2024 | 2 locations (Erie & Crawford)
Saturday, February 10, 2024 – Saturday, May 11, 2024

Spring registration opening to Members ONLY 12/29-01/05. Registration to public opening 01/06. The LEGO Social Club is an effective way for children and teens with social difficulties associated with an autism spectrum disorder to improve their social interactions and communication skills. The club is designed for grades K – 12 …

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