Life Skills training, Executive Function Coaching, & Social Skills
Located in the Worcester, MA Area
Services and support at Summit Campus will be provided by licensed professionals specializing in working with the growing neurodiverse college student population. Most essential support as listed below will be embedded in the program. Additional services may be obtained at our state-of-the-art Health and Wellness Center, conveniently located next door, to which our residents will be given priority access.
The social skill acquisition aspect of Summit Campus programming will be integrated organically into the program and delivered through group, small group and 1:1 instruction. Topics may include building friendships with peers, joining study groups, romantic relationships and interacting with professors. Opportunities to socialize will be created for and by our residents, who will actively participate in this fundamental area of personal growth.
To support our residents’ academic success, our staff will inform and guide students to take advantage of the academic support on their respective college campuses. Student accommodations will be arranged by registering with the disability support centers at the student’s respective college. This should be done by the student upon acceptance before classes begin each semester and will require documentation.
The Summit Campus curriculum for executive function development will meet each student at their level and is designed to strengthen the student’s time management skills. Students will learn to manage their schedules, use alarm reminders, problem solve, set goals, and create a plan resulting in positive outcomes. All support in this area will foster confident, self-determined young adults.
Daily Living Skills
Independent living requires the acquisition of daily living skills. Summit Campus residents will be helped to understand the importance of good hygiene, doing laundry, keeping their space organized and clean as well as food shopping, meal preparation and money management.
Health & Wellness
At Summit Campus, we believe the emotional and physical well-being of our residents is a key component of our program. Our staff will support our residents in developing an enjoyable exercise regimen. We will practice stress management as well as mindfulness training. As part of the embedded services through the campus program, a clinician will provide a comprehensive evaluation to assess for areas of strengths and needs. From this assessment, if it is felt an individual would benefit from ongoing or more frequent counseling services, then he or she may be referred to the Health & Wellness Center for ongoing treatment, either through insurance-based or private-pay arrangements.
At Summit Campus, we will encourage students to develop a clear and well-planned career path, using strength-based assessments and interest inventories when appropriate. When the time is right, we will connect our students with career guidance resources available at their respective colleges as well as state and federal organizations. Through the Summit transition program, students can receive instruction in resume writing and interview skills. We will also help students discover internship and volunteer opportunities to prepare for successful competitive employment.
For many of our Summit Campus residents, living at the dorm will be their first time away from home. For our students to take full advantage of their new community, they will receive travel training, planned outings to local restaurants, parks, sports and cultural events. Worcester is having a Renaissance and our residents will be able to share in all the excitement.
Summit Campus will be on our students’ respective campuses with them so they can become comfortable in their new surroundings. Peer mentors will accompany our residents as they learn to navigate and take advantage of a variety of their college campus activities and clubs throughout the year.