New Hamilton program for adults with autism starts Sept. 6

News Aug 22, 2016 Hamilton Mountain News

Woodview Mental Health and Autism Services is offering parents and caregivers respite with a new, specialized support program for those who are no longer in school and are 18 to 30 years old.

For parents like Susan Kennedy and Lynda Mouriopoulos, who each have a child who is ageing out of autism school-based programs, daily life was becoming a struggle. They decided to band together with other area parents to actively seek out an organization that would create a program to support their adult children with autism spectrum disorder.

Woodview will launch the LIFE (learning, independence, friendship and education) program on Sept. 6 to help fill the gap.

Activities such as baking and selling goods will instill skills such as safe kitchen skills and money skills. The program’s emphasis on developing life skills, academics for everyday life, outdoor and physical activity, community activities and day trips will be based on interests of the program participants.

“The new LIFE program will not only challenge our young adults with autism, but will allow them to grow and excel at their own pace so that they can be the best that they can be,” says Susan Kennedy. “As parents, this provides a tremendous comfort.”

The program will operate on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m.-4p.m., at Woodview’s Mischa Weisz Centre for Autism Services, 1900 Main St. West. The cost of the program, based on a 1:3 staffing ratio, is $100 per day. Call 905-527-9771 ext. 179.

New Hamilton program for adults with autism starts Sept. 6

Life skills, physical activity, community activities and day trips

News Aug 22, 2016 Hamilton Mountain News

Woodview Mental Health and Autism Services is offering parents and caregivers respite with a new, specialized support program for those who are no longer in school and are 18 to 30 years old.

For parents like Susan Kennedy and Lynda Mouriopoulos, who each have a child who is ageing out of autism school-based programs, daily life was becoming a struggle. They decided to band together with other area parents to actively seek out an organization that would create a program to support their adult children with autism spectrum disorder.

Woodview will launch the LIFE (learning, independence, friendship and education) program on Sept. 6 to help fill the gap.

Activities such as baking and selling goods will instill skills such as safe kitchen skills and money skills. The program’s emphasis on developing life skills, academics for everyday life, outdoor and physical activity, community activities and day trips will be based on interests of the program participants.

“The new LIFE program will not only challenge our young adults with autism, but will allow them to grow and excel at their own pace so that they can be the best that they can be,” says Susan Kennedy. “As parents, this provides a tremendous comfort.”

The program will operate on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m.-4p.m., at Woodview’s Mischa Weisz Centre for Autism Services, 1900 Main St. West. The cost of the program, based on a 1:3 staffing ratio, is $100 per day. Call 905-527-9771 ext. 179.

New Hamilton program for adults with autism starts Sept. 6

Life skills, physical activity, community activities and day trips

News Aug 22, 2016 Hamilton Mountain News

Woodview Mental Health and Autism Services is offering parents and caregivers respite with a new, specialized support program for those who are no longer in school and are 18 to 30 years old.

For parents like Susan Kennedy and Lynda Mouriopoulos, who each have a child who is ageing out of autism school-based programs, daily life was becoming a struggle. They decided to band together with other area parents to actively seek out an organization that would create a program to support their adult children with autism spectrum disorder.

Woodview will launch the LIFE (learning, independence, friendship and education) program on Sept. 6 to help fill the gap.

Activities such as baking and selling goods will instill skills such as safe kitchen skills and money skills. The program’s emphasis on developing life skills, academics for everyday life, outdoor and physical activity, community activities and day trips will be based on interests of the program participants.

“The new LIFE program will not only challenge our young adults with autism, but will allow them to grow and excel at their own pace so that they can be the best that they can be,” says Susan Kennedy. “As parents, this provides a tremendous comfort.”

The program will operate on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m.-4p.m., at Woodview’s Mischa Weisz Centre for Autism Services, 1900 Main St. West. The cost of the program, based on a 1:3 staffing ratio, is $100 per day. Call 905-527-9771 ext. 179.