Post 21 Day Program
Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Limitless is beyond thrilled to announce the beginnings of our next endeavor to support our adult population in building happy lives and fulfilling futures as they progress through the lifespan!
The staff at Limitless is delighted to extend this opportunity to you, as we know the road to progress and advancement is built upon lasting relationships, paved by ongoing developmental approaches, and embedded in meaningful experiences in a variety of communities.
This fall, we will expand our course offerings at Limitless for our post 21 population and implement a curriculum we feel is innovative, in recognition of the unique strengths and capacities of adult individuals with special needs, and continues to lay the groundwork towards increased independence in all areas of development. Limitless is dedicated, driven, and inspired to support adults in maximizing potential and accomplishing goals.
Key program components are the cornerstone of increasing feelings of competency, gaining a sense of control over one's own life, and attaining self-confidence in trying new endeavors. These foundational principles include self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship building, and responsible decision-making.
Comprehensive goals are embedded in community-based instruction, client-centered planning, transition planning, skills of daily living and independence, and pre-vocational coaching. Daily activities include mentorship in integrating into the local community, becoming aware of and utilizing community resources, troubleshooting and effective problem solving, and fortifying interpersonal skills to build social, employment, and community networks.
We look forward to hearing from you and we hope we can embark on this journey together!
In order to be independent and competent in the workplace or other community endeavors, problem-solving skills need to be developed. Goals target the breakdown of the entire problem-solving process. Steps such as understanding the nature of the problem, brainstorming hypothetical solutions, choosing which plan is the most appropriate, executing the plan, evaluating the outcome, and finally reflecting and revising for the next time are practiced in a variety of situations and settings. Cause and effect thinking and responding vs. reacting support success in all adult environments.
Technology for Today
Let's face it, in today’s world, technology is everywhere and crucial to being inclusive and competitive in all aspects of society and work. From cell phones to texts, to social media and ipads, and apps, and blogs, and oh my…. Our gang needs to keep up with the times! Technology helps support communication, organization, self-expression, collaboration, socialization, information acquisition, creativity, and at times safety and security. This prevocational prerequisite will explore forms of assistive technology, a variety of communication formats such as texting, effectively using and interpreting emails, and various organizational and creative technology tools of many trades.
Long-term and successful employment goes well beyond just having the job skills and must focus upon the behind-the-scenes soft skills. Themes such as emotional regulation, social communication on the job, and professionalism can be generalized to any employment experience. Employability skills including responsibility, time management, pacing, safety, perseverance, flexibility, manners, and interpersonal skills will be practiced and implemented in community-based settings and environments.
The focus is on tapping into executive functioning processes that support success in the workplace and volunteer experiences. Hands-on community experiences target processes such as planning, executing, prioritizing, pacing, and connecting to prior knowledge and experiences. As clients gain skills and understanding of the executive skills, the focus will shift from being externally prompted by staff to beginning to know when, where, and how to activate these processes with increasing independence and internal motivation.
Community Based Supports
Sometimes you wanna go where everybody knows your name and they’re always glad you came… We all want to feel part of something, important, and valued. Staff will work as community wingman” with the goal of clients becoming familiar with people and places in the local community, being recognized and greeted when they enter the local business, and developed circles of social networks within the immediate area. Building lasting and authentic relationships is crucial to a sense of community belonging and self-confidence in social interactions. We will connect with the local area to establish a supportive, understanding and respectful, and inclusive community environment.
Safety and Security
Skills of wellness, self-care, safety, and anxiety management all are necessary to participate as an independent and functioning adult in a variety of community settings. Themes such as sleep, nutrition, basic medical needs, and first aid, relaxation, mindfulness, self-awareness, emergency procedures, accessing community resources, and being safe in the community are learned and practiced in a variety of settings and experiences. It is important to be able to access and transfer these crucial safety and security skills when under stress and are increasingly independent in using them when the need arises.
Experience and Exposure
Learning on the move! This community-based course covers providing a multitude of meaningful experiences in a wide variety of settings. Daily living, academic, work, and functional skills will be used in natural community settings such as stores, banks, doctors' offices, parks, restaurants, post offices, and malls to provide relevant and applicable learning opportunities. Every skill is embedded in functional and transferable use and mastered concepts are applied to increasingly wider community settings. We only truly know something when it can be generalized over and over. All applied skills will be relevant to the individual, facilitate independence, be age-appropriate, and in natural and integrative environments.
Project Giving Back
Many of our clients are accustomed to excessive help and support from others due to their unique challenges but ultimately crave to help others as well. A sense of confidence and competency coincides with feeling like you can help others and make a difference in the world. Being able to see tangible results that have an impact on their community lends itself to feelings of inclusion, independence, and a sense of agency. The group will design, communicate intent, map out the steps, secure resources, problem-solve around, and execute a determined community volunteer project.
Clients participate in skills of daily living in order to be increasingly independent and inclusive at home, in the community, and in work settings. In order to be fewer people and prompt dependant as well as feel a sense of belonging, worth, and competency we all need to be able to have some control over our daily functioning. Skills range from cleaning and maintaining our facility, keeping grocery lists and shopping, planning social events, making basic repairs such as changing batteries and light bulbs, maintaining the grounds, beautification projects, to decorating and design. This is their facility and they need to own it, be proud of it, and contribute to it as owners and valued members of the community.
Expanding on Independence
Along with structuring our curriculum around independence, we also give our clients every opportunity to take charge of their time here and make their own choices about how their schedule will be organized. Every day offers a new way to organize the courses, and the outcome is solely up to the group. We encourage our clients to interact and glean perspective from every participant, then use that to create the schedule for the day. They can choose when we go into the community based on the weather that day, or choose when we take a break depending on how strenuous our work will be.
Course Activity Examples
Participants will pick individual problems to work through in actuality.
Example: Andy needs to create a group presentation. He needs to find partners, narrow down a topic, delegate jobs to partners, and perform his work within the group. He will need to effectively communicate with others, use time-management skills, and help maintain a positive work environment. Results will be presented with the entire program and discussed with time for reflection.
Technology for Today
Participants will learn to safely navigate and interpret different aspects or the virtual world.
Example: A lesson explaining how to create and maintain an email account, while also integrating other types of apps like Google Calendar, Google Drive, and PayPal. Participants will create accounts that they will practice using throughout the entire program.
This course combines leadership, flexibility, and problem solving to prepare participants for a range of work environments.
Example: Using a detailed plan that the participant created previously, a staff member will "throw a wrench in the plans" (Bad weather, no transportation, insufficient funds). The participant will then use his or her new skills to work under pressure to come up with an edited plan that works for the whole group.
Participants will to plan and direct different activities like field trips, parties, and fundraisers.
Example: Laura wants to plan a group trip to the beach, but doesn't know which one. She can put a list of beaches to a vote with the group, and once she finds the right one, research it to find out more. She will be asked how much beach passes are, what type of transportation the group will need, what items everyone needs to bring, etc. After it's all complete, we can even make the trip a reality!
Safety and Security
Safety and Security combines anxiety management, emergency preparedness, and self awareness to fully prepare our participants for stressful situations.
Example: Our group will do a lesson on where to find emergency items (fire extinguisher, emergency exit, first aid kit) and how/when to use them.
Experience and Exposure
Experience and Exposure gives our participants a chance to fall into a routine of interacting with multiple facets of the community on a daily basis.
Example: Our group will create a list of errands to be done daily or weekly, and complete them multiple times to successfully integrate them into their community. Errands can range from getting groceries and running to the bank, to making doctors appointments and going out for lunch.
Project Giving Back
Many of our clients are accustomed to excessive help and support from others due to their unique challenges but ultimately crave to help others as well.
Example: Our group will design a plan together to build a "give and take" library in town. Passersby will be encouraged to take a book and leave a book, free of charge! This is a great way to make our presence known within the community.
Taking Initiative pushes our participants to be independent in everything they do!
Example: After we do a trip to the grocery store the group will work together to put our haul away, then clean and set the tables for lunch. Without prompting, the participants will refer the the schedule to determine what to do next, then prepare for it on their own!