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The Club

(After-School Program)

  • Learning Disabilities and Asperger’s Syndrome (Mild to Moderate)

Ashland High School

65 East Union Street, Ashland, MA 01721 | Map
(508) 881-0177
Program Hours: Wednesday 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Program Overview

The CLUB offers a challenging and structured social, academic, career and life skills curriculum for students, grades 11 and 12, with Asperger’s, High Functioning Autism, Nonverbal Learning Disabilities, ADHD and other learning disabilities who require additional skills to facilitate a successful transition from high school. The CLUB is nurturing in its approach to fostering personal growth, responsibility and independence helping students discover and develop their individual gifts and strengths, become self-advocates, and realize their full potential. A safe, thoughtfully planned environment encourages mutual trust, respect, and acceptance among all participants. The CLUB targets social competencies resulting in effective coping strategies, problem solving, independent life skills, and career experiences. The ultimate goal of the program is to help each person develop a broader repertoire of social competency and adaptive skills.

Our program’s four modules focus on developing the social and communication competencies necessary for independent living, including:

  • Career/Vocational/College Preparation
  • Living Independently
  • Understanding Self
  • Banking and Budgeting

Career/Vocational/College Preparation

The ability to prepare for, seek and maintain employment is necessary for a productive and fulfilling life. The emphasis in this part of the curriculum is on identifying the life goals of the participant and supporting the acquisition of the skills necessary to be successful. These skills might be acquired in college, technical school, in the community, or at the worksite. Participants will develop resumes, practice interview skills, complete job applications, identify sources for education and training, and explore volunteer work.

Living Independently

Independent living skills are those skills necessary for individuals to deal with day-to-day demands and responsibilities. Among the areas focused on in this part of the curriculum are managing responsibilities including grooming, planning nutritionally appropriate meals, travelling independently, and maintaining personal living space. Additionally, participants will identify and engage in leisure activities and learn about online safety and navigating the online social world.

Understanding Self

Understanding self is an individual’s awareness of personal strengths and weaknesses, the ability to set goals and make choices, develop coping skills and interact with others in a socially competent manner. Participants will develop an understanding of their strengths and limitations and a belief in their ability to be successful. Additionally, participants will practice the appropriate interpretation and use of nonverbal language including facial expressions, body gestures and body proximities as well as engaging in conversational interactions with peers and adults.

Banking and Budgeting

Managing money is one of the building blocks of an independent life. Participants are taught practical money management skills through simulated and real life experiences. Key areas of focus include understanding banking transactions, reconciling a bank account, budgeting funds, and paying bills.

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