Day Services

If you’ve graduated high school, but are not pursuing a college degree, you can still enjoy campus life, develop lasting friendships and work towards an independent future through the Kinney Center’s Adult Day Services.

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Build Skills for Success

Much like a typical college student, your day will be spent learning while being immersed in Saint Joseph’s University’s beautiful campus. You will work on the life skills needed to live independently such as cooking, laundry and money management, while also developing vocational skills that can translate into full or part time employment. Once ready, you will have the chance to practice what you’ve learned at Kinney in the community alongside a trained Job Coach.  

Both our daily living track and our vocational track are individualized to meet the client where they are. The daily living track involves working on life skills necessary for independent living. Skills developed include social skills, cleaning skills, laundry, hygiene, etc. The vocational track also develops social skills and the skills necessary for employment such as office work, punctuality, money management, etc. Our goal is for the students to volunteer on campus and then work their way into competitive employment. Individuals also have the opportunity to work in the PAES lab, where they can hone their skills in a supportive setting.

It’s imperative for individuals to feel a sense of responsibility, purpose and take part in meaningful work."

Adult Day Programs services at Kinney

Lisa Tucker

  • The Kinney Center offers programming for all ages and ability levels. Due to our training model, individuals may not be accommodated if intensive behavioral support is required. This includes but is not limited to severe aggressive behaviors or intensive self-injury. If you are unsure if your child will qualify, it is recommended to submit your their most recent behavior intervention plan and up to date behavioral data for review. Families may be requested to come in for an observational visit per behavioral review.

  • The Kinney Center’s unique staffing model is inspired by our two-fold mission to serve individuals affected by autism while training students studying to work in the field. Most programs are staffed 1-to-1 by our undergraduate students, known as Kinney SCHOLARS. SCHOLARS receive two weeks of intensive training upon acceptance into their role, have all relevant clearances from the state, and are both CPR and CPI certified. In addition, Graduate Assistants within related fields manage the team of SCHOLARS, meeting on a weekly basis to discuss skill progress and suggested teaching activities. Ultimately the program is overseen by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) from our full time staff. The BCBA’s roles include training and supervising SCHOLARS in skill teaching procedures and behavioral interventions. The program manager is available to complete functional behavior assessments and behavior intervention plans for students that present behavioral concerns during the program.

    Meet the Kinney Center team.

  • In the case of inclement weather that causes program cancellation, sessions will not be rescheduled due to time and space restrictions. Outdoor programs have an alternative indoor space available if needed. Make sure to update your profile with a valid email and cell phone number to ensure you receive up to the minute information.

  • Due to the educational component of the Kinney Center, at various times, students enrolled in the autism major, minor or certificate program will be observing programs as part of their coursework.