Pathways to Independence.
Young Adult Social Skills
The Young Adult Social Skills program is a skills-based program serving youths between the ages of 16-21 whose social competencies are impacted by intellectual functioning, Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD and other cognitive disabilities. Individuals participating in this program will develop social and interpersonal skills through the program’s main activities: skills-focused, small group learning and community-based socialization opportunities.
Social and Community Skills Development:
Pathways to Independence (PTI) is the only agency in the St. Louis area for group social development specifically providing supports for adults age 18 and over with complex learning disabilities, certain autism spectrum disorders (such as those formerly known as Asperger’s Syndrome and PDD-NOS that are now classified as Level 1 Autism Spectrum Disorder), and other associated disorders that impact social competence. PTI focuses on helping participants develop social interaction, community engagement, “soft skills” and transportation skills that are commonly difficult for individuals with these diagnoses. Staff assists participants in developing new peer relationships, maintaining peer relationships, appropriate social interactions, boundary issues, and addresses individual communication issues during leisure-based community activities that are held each month in various locations. To accommodate the schedules of our working participants, most learning opportunities are held during evening and weekend hours. PTI offers individuals the opportunity to attend group educational and social practice activities in the community, communicated through a monthly activity calendar. Participants provide ongoing input that guides the planning of group activities.