Youth & Young Adult Programs

Youth and Young Adult Programs for Ages 12 - 21

Please visit our Program Registration page for current programs or contact us with questions.

EVALUATIONS AND INDIVIDUAL OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY SERVICES 

Occupational therapists work (and play) with children to improve purposeful engagement in life activities (or occupations) in the areas of self care, play, social participation and school.  We offer evaluations and individual treatment targeting performance skills such as motor coordination, visual perception, sensory processing, self regulation, social interaction and oral motor and feeding needs.  

Social skills and more…for ages 11-14

The Occupational Therapy Center collaborates with the Speech & Language Center to offer therapeutic activities that address social communication, cooperation, self-regulation, and self-directed engagement in meaningful activities. This group is geared toward middle school age children. Participants will receive individualized programs within a group to address specific needs. 

Pre-driving Readiness Program for ages 15 and up

Our Pre-Driver Readiness Program is unique in that it prepares teens and young adults for driving through the use of life skills activities that incorporate cognitive, visual, physical, perceptual, and timing activities, while emphasizing the key skills required for safe driving. Exercises using the Dynavision promote eye coordination. Safety tips and key driving points will be addressed. Sequencing, planning, and organization will be developed during a meal preparation activity. Social participation will be encouraged during the meal time. By the end of the program, participants will better understand the importance of the performance of daily life skills in relation to the ultimate life skill of driving.


Cooking 101 for ages 18 and up

Food is fundamental to any social setting, and this cooking program is for young adults who are interested in learning to plan a meal and work safely in the kitchen while preparing the meal. The Cooking 101 program will focus on skill development through meal planning, food preparation, and sampling. Participants explore food preparation as they build skills in planning, organization, decision-making, group interaction, and stress management. Social opportunities occur as participants select, prepare, and sample the foods that they create. This program is open to individuals 18 years and older and is a collaborative program with the Hussman Center for Adults with Autism.

*Please note that a vegetarian option will be available, but the vegetarian option may be different than the main food served. Unfortunately, we are not able to provide gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, kosher, or other foods for special diets. Participants following a special diet are welcome to bring their own food to eat. A reduction in program fee due to dietary restrictions or special diets is not possible. Thank you for your understanding.