This class focuses on behavior and communication in a small group setting. Through class discussions, role play, and activities, our weekly classes encourage demonstrating respect, participating in a group, and recognizing expected and unexpected behaviors. Material for this class was adapted from Michelle Garcia-Winner’s Social Thinking model.Topics include: How our behaviors affect the feelings of those around us; Listening with the whole body; Public and Private spaces; Thinking with our eyes; Big messages and small messages
Money management is taught using a concrete, visual system with the support of digital assistive technology. The curriculum is individualized to the needs and strengths of each student, and taught using a tiered learning system for decreasing staff support and increasing independence. Classes meet as small groups, once a week, with a Life Skills Teacher. In the money management program, the students have the opportunity to practice determining their needs and wants, and decide how, when and where to spend their money. Students budget for lunch in the community on work days, evening and weekend activities, personal care needs and wants purchased at the local grocery store, and long term savings. Walks to the local bank are an opportunity to practice their community safety skills and social skills and to make transactions with the bank teller. In this class, students also visit the grocery store where they again practice community safety skills, social skills, and the skills involved with finding items in a store and making purchases. This curriculum teaches our students to develop impulse control with their money, while having free choice over how to spend it.
To the best of his/her ability, students will:
• Develop a budget to express intended use of their money
• Execute a long-term savings plan
• Track account balances
• Conduct transactions with the bank teller
• Use a variety of debit machines when making purchases in stores
• Determine and prioritize personal care needs
• Make healthy choices and use moderation in purchasing snack foods
• Use community safety skills, social skills, and orientation skills to make purchases at the local grocery store
• Choose activities to spend money on
• Safely hold cash and debit cards
SOCIAL SKILLS AND MUSIC
The Music and Social Skills class uses music activities and a framework of musical engagement to facilitate the learning and application of a variety of skills and concepts related to interpersonal interactions, self-determination, self-knowledge, and increasing skill in successful understanding and application of social skills in the community at large, including vocational settings.
Topics for classes are taken from the LCE curriculum framework, and activities are designed for discussion, movement, interaction, and musical engagement.
Developing improving safety and social skills in the community is the goal of the Community Independence program at BHMA. Students are pre-taught basic safety skills and then have the opportunity to practice them by doing community independence walks and going on outings in the community (Wednesday lunch, shopping trips, etc.). Additionally, students have the opportunity to practice social skills learned in Circles and Social Skills classes.
COOKING & FOOD MANAGEMENT
This course teaches basic conventional cooking techniques and kitchen safety. Students also engage in discussion, group exercises and independent work, to explore healthy nutrition choices and healthy portion sizes, with the support of the LCE curriculum. Students complete recipes from the “Look N’ Cook” cookbook series, which presents recipes for beginning cooks or non-readers. Recipes are presented in step-by-step pictures and text, which students complete multiple times in order to master basic cooking skills, and work to complete as independently as possible. Students also utilize an application called Pictello, in which recipes are accessed on an iPad or iPod. The Pictello application allows students to receive both a verbal and visual instruction for each individual step of the cooking process.
Students in this class learn about social relationships and boundaries through a multimedia program which focuses on talk, touch and trust between the student and the different people in their world. Classes include a weekly video, discussion, and activities.
This class continues to develop the understanding of social boundaries in relationships. Through video, class discussion, and activities, topics of talk, touch and trust among people in each student’s world are explored. Discussion in this class is at a deeper level than Circles I and highlights how changes occur in relationships.