Adult Social and Life Skills

Continue working towards your life, social and career goals during the Adult Skills Class in Fall and Spring semesters. This evening program is a great option if you don’t need daily support, but want to continue developing skills and making new friends.

Adult with autism learns how to cook

Weekly Learning Sessions

Transitional and Adult Social Skills
Each weekly session is split between social and independent-living skills and has time built in to focus on an individualized set of personal goals chosen by you and/or your support team. Everyone participates in food preparation and every other session ends with a shared meal together, encouraging each other to try new and healthy foods and connect with classmates. 

Tuesdays | September 17 - December 3 (No class on October 15 or October 22)
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM | Ages 15+
Cost: $1000

  • Director: Alyssa Hernandez, BCBA
  • Phone: 610-660-2169
  • Email: ahernand@sju.edu@sju.edu 
Client in PAES lab

Weekly Learning Sessions

Vocational Skills
Whether your child is college-bound, entering the workforce, or not sure what is next, the Kinney Center has a program to meet their transitional needs. High school students who are interested in a vocational career before college will have the opportunity to develop the skills necessary for success in a field that they are passionate about. This program offers skill development to hone work, social, and daily living skills needed to be successful in the employment or educational track of choice. Individuals will have the opportunity to practice job readiness skills, live simulations of work-related roles, and learn to explore vocational opportunities in the area. After completion of our 10-week program, each person will leave with an up-to-date resume or portfolio to continue on their career path.

Tuesdays | September 17 - December 3 (No class on October 15 or 22)
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM | Ages 15+
Cost: $1000

  • 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 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 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.

  • Adult Skills is held in the Kinney Center, which is located in Connelly Hall, Room 250 (#85 on the Campus Map). Parking is available in Berwick lot off of City Avenue & Upper Duperreault Lot off of Latches Lane (between #82 and #88 on the Campus Map.

    Campus Map

  • 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.

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