Autism/Neurodiversity at The Farm
A Supportive Healing Community
CooperRiis Healing Community’s Farm offers enhanced programming and services for people with mental health challenges and level 1 autism/neurodiversity (High Functioning Autism and/or for people formerly diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome).
This enhanced programming folds into the mission of CooperRiis and its core person-centered and strength-based treatment within a Healing Community model. CooperRiis’ integrative recovery approach, wellness practices, intensive clinical services, and building of independent living skills serve as a necessary and beneficial recovery foundation for this specialization.
Please be aware, that this is not a specific or separate program for ASD. What this means is that we have intentionally implemented tools and techniques that help someone with neurodiversity and level 1 autism to have a better treatment experience while in our care.
Download a flyer on this enhanced programming here.
Read a post about the specific program enhancements by Alison Hamrick, Neurodiversity Enhancement Coordinator.
Read a message from our President and CEO, Dr. Eric A. Levine Ed.D on why he feels the “intentionality” behind these enhancements will serve this population well, and his passion behind the launch of these additional supports.
Our Approach to Autism/Neurodiversity
Skill Development & Programming Goals
CooperRiis Healing Community’s programming and additional services offered for residents with neurodiversity/autism will work towards specific goals:
- Social skill building with opportunities to learn/practice social engagement skills such as: making and keeping friends.
- Skill development to manage the sensory
- Emphasis on community involvement and development of life skills needed for successful integration into community setting.
- Developing flexibility to switch between various demands and tasks to respond to changes in the environment.
- Self-advocacy and self-determination skills.
- Pre-employment skills through the Community
Work & Service Program (CWS) such as: following direction, productivity, interpersonal
interactions, initiation, task completion, offering feedback, etc.
- Discharge planning that focuses on independent living with connection to a supportive community.
Based on “Peers for Young Adults: Social Skills Training for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Other Social Challenges” by Elizabeth Laugeson.
Techniques and tools used in group and individually to include: role-play, self-management techniques, social groups, social skills training, social stories, video-modeling, visual supports, and selected programming with content focused on these areas.
Additional tools throughout programming to include: visual and micro schedules, sensory diets, visual task lists and organization systems, labeling, etc.
What We Offer
- Experiential Therapy 25 hours/week
- Therapeutic Work Model
- Occupational Therapy
- Medication Management
- Physical Wellness & Nutrition
- Life & Social Skills Workshops
- Aftercare Planning & Support