Students launder their clothing on campus weekly with guidance and instruction from their residential advisors. With an appropriate amount of staff assistance, students will identify clothes in need of laundering, properly load and operate a washing machine and dryer, transport their items back to their room, and sort, fold and organize items in their drawers and closet.
Students increase their level of independence by developing and adhering to a daily personal hygiene routine, completed every morning and night. Residential advisors collaborate with life skills teachers to assist each student in expanding their knowledge of appropriate personal hygiene and dress in social, performance, and vocational environments.
RECREATION & LEISURE MANAGEMENT
This class instructs and empowers students to select and plan for weekend activities. Students create a schedule for the following weekend based on research they do or ideas they have; this coincides with and supports the Money Management process, as each student allocates funds and generates a budget to aid in practicing responsible spending habits. Goals for this course include recognizing and researching interesting and engaging activities, learning effective time management practices, and further enhancing independent living skills and social development.
Students complete daily and weekly room maintenance with the support of their residential adviser. Together with staff, students inspect their living space and conduct a thorough cleaning, including: changing bed linens, dusting, vacuuming, emptying the trash, and general organization of personal items. Many students utilize a personalized checklist or assistive technology application to increase their independence in this area.
All Berkshire Hills students are welcome to attend and participate in Self-Advocacy Club meetings. This group meets weekly and serves as a forum for the student body to voice questions, concerns, comments or desired changes. Meeting minutes are recorded and presented to the BHMA Human Rights Committee for review. This club educates and equips our students with tools and strategies necessary to be strong advocates for themselves and the things they are passionate about.
Alongside residential staff members, BHMA students prepare dinner two evenings per week. These meals provide opportunities to transfer and enhance skills garnered during daytime cooking classes. Students consult the Look ‘N’ Cook curriculum and assistive technology applications with step-by-step instructions to increase independence and prepare a variety of meals from start to finish. Kitchen safety, attentiveness, and cleanliness are always emphasized by supporting staff who are available to students throughout the process.