What Works? Supports for Young Adults on the Autism Spectrum and with Learning Differences

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Published on February 20, 2014

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Dr. Michael McManmon and members of the CIP Amherst staff provide an overview and background of some of the comprehensive supports provided at the College Internship Program (CIP) for young adults with Asperger's, ADHD and other Learning Differences.

Presented by: Mary Lawler, M.A., S.D., Program Director; Vicki Glynn, M.S., Academic Coordinator; Gina Ianone, M.S.W., Life Skills Coordinator. Hosted by Judy Gerich, M.A., Admissions Coordinator.

Learn more about:
Effective college academic supports
Fostering social connections and life skills
Executive Functioning tips and tricks
Finding a great fit

About CIP
CIP's full-year post-secondary programs offer individualized academic, social, career and life skills support for young adults with Asperger's, ADHD and other Learning Differences. Learn more

What Works? Supports for Young Adults on the Autism Spectrum and with Learning Differences College Internship Program 877-566-9247 admissions@cipworldwide.org www.cipworldwide.org Presented By: Michael McManmon, Ed.D. Judy Gerich, M.A. Mary Lawler, M.A., S.D.A. Gina Ianone, M.S.W. Vicki Glynn, M.S.

Curriculum: Core Services Unique curriculum individualized for each students needs in the following areas: > Executive Functioning > Academic Support > Life Skills & Apartment Living > Career Preparation > Wellness/Sensory Processing > Social Competencies > Creative Arts > Advising

Quick Facts About CIP > 30 years supporting young adults w/ ASD and LD > Person-Centered Approach > Individualized services > Average of 30 hours of services weekly > 100% internship rate goal for 2013-2014 > Support at 30+ colleges and universities > Supported apartment living


Villa Maria UB’s North Campus Daemen College Library Canisius College Quad

Amherst, NY

Niagara Falls

College Academic Supports

Tutoring/Study Halls • Individualized • Subject-Specific • Instruction on various EF skills such as time management, planning, organization, and study skills built into sessions • Delivered in alternate locales (ex. on campus) as necessary

Liaison with College Faculty • Individualized • Check-ins regarding attendance /grades • More intensive services; meeting with professors to resolve issues or clarify expectations • Developing positive relationships with instructors to find a good fit for students

Assistance with Enrollment/Accommodations • Major/college explorations and tours • Monitoring progress toward degree requirements • Course selection/registration • Development of accommodation plan

Goals of Academic Support • Development of independent selfadvocacy skills • Increased selfconfidence • Academic success

CIP Amherst Staff

Ripple Effect of Executive Functioning Skills Weak executive functioning can cause problems in many life areas. Likewise, simple improvements can have a positive affect in many ways

Awake / Attend Continuum of Growth Improvement in Executive Functioning Skills Contributes to positive growth and maturity

Continuum of Growth Self Awareness } Self Acceptance } } Self Regulation Self Advocacy } Self Determination

Executive Functioning Innovative Approach Integrating the development of routines and positive, productive habits into our Executive Functioning program • The power of habit • Evening and morning routines • Developing habits one at a time • Prospective Memory – remembering to remember

Developing Productive Habits Cue Routine Reward Cue: Walking into bathroom Routine: Brushing teeth, taking shower, combing hair Reward: Tearing tab off post it/positive feedback/feeling of accomplishment Routines practiced over and over become habits

Sample Evening Routine Cue: Opening laptop (routine is desktop background) Routine: Check calendar and pause Ask – What’s coming up for me tomorrow? What do I need to anticipate? Check weather/set alarm Clothes for tomorrow Phone on charger

Habit of the Month

Identify a stable cue: right after supper Develop a routine: go to room open assignment book decide what to start on begin working Identify reward: feeling of accomplishment positive feedback an hour of gaming May need support to do routine until it begins to become habit. Habit formation takes time and consistency. The habit, the cue, routine and sometimes the reward must be student’s decision.

Great Things CIP Amherst Students Did in 2013-2014: • Two students earned degrees from area colleges • Our students are enrolled in 8 area colleges (UB, Daemen, Villa Maria, Medaille, Canisius, Buffalo State, ECC and NCCC) • Students are interning or doing paid work at Wegman’s, People, Inc., Manhattan Bagel, Dog Days of Buffalo & Holiday Inn, and one has his own business, selling pins with rock band logos and more • Two of our students transitioned out of CIP and are now attending college independently

Summer@CIP Experience independence and get a taste of college! • Two week summer programs for adolescents and young adults • Learn valuable skills and have fun! • Two options: – High School Summer Program >New Beyond Summer Programs for high school graduates to age 26. – Beyond High School Summer Program www.cipsummer.com

Example Weekly Student Schedule College Internship Program (CIP)

• Amherst, NY • Berkeley, CA • Bloomington, IN • Lee, MA • Long Beach, CA • Melbourne, FL College Internship Program National Admissions Office 877-566-9247 admissions@cipworldwide.org www.cipworldwide.org

Links and Resources • The Source for Executive Function Disorder – Susanne Phillips Keeley • http://www.psychologytoday.com/experts/michael-mcmanmonedd • Assessment and Intervention for Executive Function Difficulties (School-Based Practice in Action) – Dr. George McCloskey • Asperger’s for Dummies – Amazon.com - Dr. Stephen Shore • CIP Articles and Resources: http://cipworldwide.org/articlesnews/blog/articles • CIP Youtube - Education and Training Playlisthttps://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZoQsOjHS1Wml33 6qNKa8YVU1AY9BzJhU) • The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg

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