Lesson Areas and Sample Targeted Skills for Individuals
Building on the successes of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders’ (CARD) Child Services Program, we developed the CARD Teen Services Program which is tailored to the specific needs of adolescents. The broad scope of the CARD Teen curriculum addresses a wide range of skills and deficits and is adapted to meet each individual’s unique needs and aspirations.
The CARD Teen Services Program is flexible and can be tailored to individuals with a broad range of needs. Specifically, the program targets communication skills, adaptive skills (i.e., dressing, making meals, toileting, etc.), and problem behaviors. The Program also assists individuals with mild deficits who may need assistance acquiring more complex social skills and applying them with their peers in their natural environments.
The CARD Teen Services Goal
As children enter adolescence, it becomes increasingly important to deliver a targeted curriculum comprised of carefully prioritized, customized skill targets. In addition to addressing individual skill deficits and challenging behaviors, the CARD Teen Services goal is to cultivate skills that promote independence, increase access to appropriate social activities, and facilitate relationship building.
The CARD Teen Services curriculum is based upon a specific skill hierarchy that addresses personally relevant skills within each curricular domain before moving on to the next domain in the hierarchy. Each of the skill domains is comprised of skill targets that facilitate the achievement of long-term goals. The chart below gives more details about the CARD Teen Services Program goals and targeted skills taught.
For more information about the CARD Teen Services Program for your teen,
please contact one of our centers.