The ICS Day Support Center Based Program is designed to help individuals develop and refine the skills needed to achieve their highest level of independence possible. Through this program we help individuals master the essential skills necessary to accomplish practical life tasks. These include functional reading (known as survival reading for awareness), fundamental writing, and basic arithmetic (for money management, etc.).
Activities are customized to the development level of our participants. Each person is also encouraged to provide input on the types of activities in which they would like to participate. Through the tailored curriculum design of our program, individuals have the opportunity to work on and improve in the areas of:
- Self-care skills
- Housekeeping skills
- Environmental awareness skills
- Communication skills
- Medication management
- Sensory stimulation and gross/fine motor skills
- Behavioral management skills
- Problem solving skills
- Appropriate peer interactions/social skills
- Money management skills
- Identifying community resources
- Use of functional skills in community settings
- And more…
As both the initial program for the preliminary evaluation of individuals, and the core program for functional skills training, the Center Based program is a very diverse group. It incorporates activities for the skills that individuals possess now as well as the skills they hope to progress to.
Individuals in this program participate in activities at the Day Support Center for 80% of the time, while 20% of their time is spent participating in a community setting to reinforce skill development and encourage community integration.
On site therapeutic consultation services will be provided as deemed necessary by our Certified Positive Behavior Supports Facilitator.
On-site dietary consultant services will be provided by a registered dietician. Training is available in meal planning, weight management, diet and health, etc. Individuals will experience real life situations such as preparing meals in a kitchen, making healthy choices in a restaurant setting, and reading food labels.
On-site and community programs are available to enhance sensory stimulation by offering diverse therapies to address individual needs and preferences, including:
Art Therapy – Offering expressive therapy that uses art materials to provide an opportunity to express imagination, creativity and spontaneity. This gives individuals tools to better cope with stress, enhance communication, improve motor skills and increase cognitive abilities overall.
Sensory Garden – Offering individual and group sensory experiences that the participants may not otherwise come into contact with. This feature provides a stimulating journey through the senses, heightening awareness, and bringing positive learning experiences. In addition to providing tools to cope with stress, this program enhances communication, facilitates self-awareness, improves motor functioning, and increase cognitive abilities.
Multi-Sensory Environment – Offering a space where various types of sensory input can be provided in a controlled manner to meet specific objectives for individuals. This focused attention on sensory experience can encourage positive responses from those who may have difficulty in traditional settings, such as individuals with autism, dementia, developmental disabilities, behavior problems, etc.