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Program Guides Adults in Reaching their Goals
Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 3:29 PM

The Barber National Institute recently introduced “Life Coaching,” a new program to support adults with autism spectrum disorder in defining and achieving their life goals.

The Life Coaches use one-on-one exploratory interviews, small group discussion and ongoing evaluation to help individuals discover what is most important in their lives. Then they will identify key objectives to create Individualized Life Plans to assist individuals in reaching their goals.

“I am very proud and excited to be a part of this program,” said Cassie Pilarski, program specialist. “In just the first month, I have seen friendships blossom and natural supports increase. I am very eager to see how the individuals and the program progress over the next few months." 

Along the way, the Life Coach will support participants in the program in group learning sessions, as well as in real life settings.

The program will offer personal and professional supports as well, including help seeking employment, how to get involved in recreational activities and more. 

“The staff and participants have worked together to develop a curriculum that is dynamic, educational and forward thinking,” said Maggie Dimitriadis, adult services manager. “The program allows participants to have fun while developing skills that will help them to one day reach their goals.”

To learn more about the Life Coaching program, please contact Maggie Dimitriadis at 874-5517 or MaggieD@BarberInstitute.org
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CPilarski@BarberInstitute.org. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 
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