About Our Adult Program
The Carrie Brazer Center for Autism is filling the gap for much needed programming developed specificly for those adults diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD’s), who have graduated from high school, yet, still require additional guidance and training to enable them to transition to more independent living.
Our program is based on a traditional ABA method (Applied Behavior Analysis), yet we integrate various practices and have adapted many approaches to teaching including the following: The Pyramid Approach to learning, whereby reinforcement plays a key role in motivating the child to learn; The Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) or an augmentative communication device (AAC), such as the iPad, to increase expressive communication for those who need it; Dr. Stanley Greenspan’s well known “Floor time Approach” to enhance play and interaction, and the principles of Positive Discipline.
A primary component of the vocational program involves taking students on community activities to gain experience and to increase their socialization skills and to generalize skills learned in the classroom.
Horseback riding & swimming are an integral part of the physical education activities
Daily living skills such as self-care, housing, dining out, and cooking, vocational skills and money management, play an integral part of our weekly curriculum.
Money management skills will be practiced weekly out in the community, at the laundry mat, and on various community-based field trips and while utilizing public transportation.
Students will also learn to manage a household, become involved in the community, maintain proper hygiene, and prepare simple meals.