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Research on Social Skills with Teens in Inclusive Settings Presented by: Christina Whalen, PhD, BCBA-D. Autism Community Works ®. Community-based pre-employment, social development, and independence building program Serves teens with ASD and neuro -typical peer mentors with a 1:1 ratio

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Research on Social Skills with Teens in Inclusive Settings

Presented by:

Christina Whalen, PhD, BCBA-D

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Autism CommunityWorks®

  • Community-based pre-employment, social development, and independence building program
  • Serves teens with ASD and neuro-typical peer mentors with a 1:1 ratio
  • Participants adhere to social rules and procedures similar to those found in the workplace or the community setting
  • Generates awareness, promotes understanding and acceptance through community venues
program goals
Program Goals
  • To increase ASD awareness

and sensitivity of community

partner staff members and neuro- typical peer mentors.

  • To successfully demonstrate

the employability and valued skill sets of individuals with ASDs.

  • To help participants find full time jobs/careers or pursue higher education that utilizes skills developed through Autism CommunityWorks®
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Impact

  • Since its inception, CommunityWorks® has:
    • Served 356 teens with ASDs
    • Created awareness and
    • understanding for 254 teen
    • mentors
    • Trained 354 staff members and
    • volunteers at over 50 community sites
    • Logged more than 37,960 community
    • service hours
program structure
Program Structure

Site Coordinator

Facilitator

Facilitator

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Program Structure

  • Schedules
  • Goals
  • Timing devices
  • Rotations & zones
  • Data collection
  • Weekly parent contact
  • Report cards
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LibraryWorks®

GardenWorks®

AZ Diamondbacks GoodDeedWorks®

PowerWorks®

PetWorks®

TheatreWorks®

CommunityWorks® Programs

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Tag books, CDs, DVDs

Organize books, CDs, DVDs

Reshelf books, CDs, DVDs

Process Discards

Special Projects

LibraryWorks®

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Planting

Fertilizing

Watering

Weeding

Rose pruning

Plant Care

Special Projects

GardenWorks®

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Preparing basic food boxes

Sorting clothing donations

Removing invasive grass species from city parks

Completing art projects for non-profits

Assembling hygiene kits for the homeless

Tending a community garden

Cleaning, stocking, and preparing transitional housing

AZ Diamondbacks

GoodDeedWorks®

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Sites

Homeward Bound

Hacienda Healthcare

United Food Bank

Habitat for Humanity

Phoenix Herpetological Society

Phoenix Revitalization Corporation

St. Mary’s Food Bank

Phoenix Weedwackers

Desert Botanical Gardens

Roosevelt Row Community Garden

Kids Need to Read

AZ Diamondbacks

GoodDeedWorks®

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Good Deed Works®

Data show Fall-Summer

41 different

locations since Fall, 2011

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PowerWorks®

  • Local YMCA’s and SpoFit
    • Cardio
    • Zumba
    • Free weights
    • Swimming
    • Circuit training
    • Yoga
    • Team sports
    • Karate
    • Cycling
    • Hiking
    • Nutrition/Health
    • Social Rules and Safety
    • Self-Management
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PetWorks®

  • Animal care
    • Dog, rescues
    • Phoenix Herpetological Society
    • Phoenix Zoo
    • AZ Animal Welfare
    • Save the Animals Walk
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TheatreWorks®

  • Phoenix Theatre*
    • Summer Musical Theatre Program: Ages 12-16 years
    • Taught by professional directors
    • Nine 1-week programs with a performance on Friday
  • Spotlight Youth Theatre*
    • Summer Musical Theatre Program: Ages 10-14 years
    • Taught by professional directors
    • Three 3-week programs with a performance at the end of each session
  • Arizona Actors Academy*
    • After-School Program: Ages 10-19 years
    • Taught by professional actors/directors
    • Weekly sessions for 14 weeks with a performance at the end of each session
  • Childsplay Theatre
    • Improv Workshops: Adults Ages 16+
    • Taught by professional actors & directors
    • 7-week program with a showcase performance for family & friends

* With typical peers in theatres in the community

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Leadership

  • Peer Advisory Board
  • CommunityWorks
  • Outstanding Leader
  • Scholarship
  • Opportunities for
  • continued
  • involvement
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Conclusions

  • Good Deed Works had the most consistent and dramatic progress across skills.
  • Staying on task, social responding, and greetings improved greatly across all programs.
  • Garden Works had inconsistent data for problem solving.
  • Power Works had less progress than other programs with social initiations.
  • Overall, most participants made progress on their individual goals.
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Employment Placements

  • 97 Successful Placements since 2008
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Christina Whalen, PhD, BCBA-D

602-218-8223

cwhalen@autismcenter.org

Contact Information

www.autismcenter.org