Young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) will typically transition from home and school to living on their own around the age of 22.
With this change comes a series of new experiences and challenges, each requiring the development of certain competencies important for independence—money management, making healthy choices, cooperative living, conflict resolution, and accessing community resources, just to name a few. Without preparation, this new situation can provoke feelings of anxiety and self-doubt. This can affect confidence, self-esteem, feelings of safety, and self-actualization, all of which are basic human needs.
The Center’s Behavioral Services department offers a SMART Skills program to provide readiness and life skills enhancement for those seeking support in moving into an independent or supported living model. The program promotes healthy habits and good decision-making while improving self-esteem, self-reliance, feelings of security, and a sense of dignity.
The Smart Skills program is offered to individuals currently being served by The Center as well as those who are living in the community or at home but thinking about becoming more independent. These individuals may use the SMART Skills program to strengthen their competencies in the areas where they need help prior to this transition.
The Center’s Behavioral Services department will provide recommendations for readiness skill areas and customize a service plan based on feedback from a detailed assessment given at the time of admission. The assessment covers various competency areas necessary for independence and can be completed by a parent, caregiver, or persons with the most first-hand knowledge of the client. Adaptations and modifications can be made as the program progresses based on the client’s individual learning style.
The SMART Skills program will be delivered in a psychoeducational setting at The Center in sessions provided by The Center’s Licensed Professional Counselor, who is also currently a certified Texas Educator.
For information on enrolling in our SMART Skills program, please visit our admissions page.