Class List

Communication Skills on the Spectrum

Would you like to minimize conflicts and misunderstandings?   It's a myth that autistic people cannot communicate well.  Contrary to popular belief, communication skills are learned, not automatic.  The best communicators are people who are very deliberate and practiced in the techniques they use.  In this class you will learn the techniques for good communication and more importantly, you will PRACTICE the techniques until you are comfortable using them in your daily communication.


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Making and Keeping Friends

Would you like to have more friends?  You are not alone!  According to a recent study from Harvard University, 29% of people in the U.S. report feeling lonely, and 9% report feeling severely lonely.  Even for people not on the spectrum, it is more difficult than ever before to meet new people and form lasting friendships.  In this 10-week class, we'll follow a specific plan for getting more comfortable, meeting new people, making friends and developing those friendships into lasting connections.  You will pursue the steps at your own pace and move to the next level only when you're ready.  Each week, you'll return to class to share experiences and get support from your classmates who are also out there making social connections.


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Personal Finance on the Spectrum

Specially adapted from a college course on personal finance to cover topics of specific interest to people on the spectrum, this class will cover what you need to know to manage your money and build long-term financial security.   Lessons include building a budget, managing credit, paying taxes, generating income on the spectrum (active and passive), SSI and SSDI, Able Accounts and Special Needs Trusts.


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Service Animals - Could One Work for You?

Have you ever wondered whether a service dog or an emotional support animal could help you?  Surprisingly, there is a lot to know about different classifications of assistance animals and how they help people.   This class will teach you about different kinds of support animals, your legal rights under the ADA and certain other federal and state laws, and alternatives for getting an assistance animal, including what's required to train one yourself.


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College - The New Alternatives

Did you know that less then 30% of adults on the autism spectrum pursue education beyond high school?   But, a revolution has happened in higher education that's making college possible for far more people!   Whether on-line or on-campus, a college education is more accessible, faster, and cheaper than ever before.   Learn how these changes especially benefit students on the spectrum.  Learn how to make your first two years of college free, speed up or slow down core requirements to fit your needs, tailor your learning modality to your social needs, and earn a degree from any one of hundreds of universities from your own home. This class will give you a robust overview of the options available for a customized, highly-flexible and accommodating college experience that can be within reach for you!


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Communication Skills for Parents & Partners

Have you ever heard someone in the autism community say that they would like neurotypical people to learn to communicate with THEM?  They have a point.  Communication is a two-way street.  The more we understand about how to communicate with our autistic loved ones, the better our relationships with them will be.  In this class you will learn more about the specific communication challenges caused by autism and how to better work around obstacles.  We'll practice constructive communication techniques you can use in all aspects of your life, and also provide specific tools for communicating as an advocate on behalf of your loved one on the spectrum.  


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Advocate & Coach: A Roadmap

Do you want to know your rights in advocating for your loved one for better education?  How about equal access to employment and housing?  Do you lie awake at night worrying about what will become of your autistic loved one when you're gone?   In this class, we will systematically explore the areas we need to shore up to provide stability now and security for the long-term to our loved ones on the spectrum. 


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Coming Soon: Building Motivation

 Knowing what others think we "should" do is easy.  Knowing what WE want is harder.  Doing it is even harder.  There has been an explosion of research in the study of motivation in the last decade.  In this class, you'll learn a new evidence-based process for identifying  self-directed goals, planning  a path, developing concrete actions, fortifying your commitment, and building a support system to see you through.


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Coming Soon: Managing Stress, Anxiety & Negativity to Boost Happiness

Anxiety and negative self talk are common among teens and adults on the spectrum.   Medical causes for anxiety and depression among those on the spectrum should be taken very seriously and treated with appropriate medical care.   In addition to that, new research in social psychology has demonstrated that only 10% of our happiness is based upon our circumstances.  And more importantly, 40% of the factors that have been found to determine happiness are under our direct control through intentional actions we can take.   In this class, we will examine the new science of "happiness" and PRACTICE happiness actions that you  choose based upon your priorities for transforming satisfaction with your own life.


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