The community-based programs at Little Star offer older children/young adults the opportunity to gain independence by participating in activities found in public settings. These programs are centered on self-advocacy, daily living and social skills. These individualized programs can offer vocational support, if needed. Community-based programs may consist of tasks such as weekly grocery shopping (buying items from a grocery list, staying within budget, navigating the grocery store), dining out (choosing a restaurant, ordering from the menu, having polite conversation, paying for the meal and tipping), shopping for occasional items, such as shoes, socks, etc. (choosing appropriate store, choosing appropriate item, staying within budget, purchasing item) or riding public transportation. The goal of the community-based program is to expose the young adult to situations, practice appropriate behavior in each situation while gaining skill and confidence in their ability. When appropriate, your young adult will work with other young adults.
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