Information Groups

Academic Skills

Academic skills are a collection of study habits, learning strategies, and time management tools that help students learn and absorb school lessons. For most students, learning is about much more than access to information.

  • How to use the computer- not just play on the computer
  • How to email
  • How to use social media
  • GED / High School Diploma
  • College / Technical Training
  • Workplace Advancement
  • Learn a Language
  • Literacy Classes/Basic Math Skills

Mobility/Travel Training

Mobility Management focuses on assisting the Members with trip planning assistance and travel training. This service provides the opportunity for people to be in control of their own travel plans and promotes a more independent lifestyle.

  • What are means of transportation around you?
  • Safety Tips while traveling
  • Training on how to read and apply bus schedules
  • Customized, fully mapped-out trip plans (use the app for MTA online)
  • Safety precautions to follow on or off fixed route and origin to destination services
  • Support with scheduling information, referrals, transit applications, reservations, rights and responsibilities of riders and transit operators

Art Groups

Art therapy today is strongly influenced by psychodynamic psychotherapy. In an art therapy session, the client uses the time to work on a piece of art of their choosing: painting, drawing or model making, for example. This may be a new piece each session or something they develop over time. The therapist and client may reflect together on the artwork, perhaps noticing the colors, textures and themes. Sometimes, art therapy focuses purely on the art object as the container of emotions, and the therapist and client relate solely through the art. Groups may be ‘open studio’, where clients just work on their art as a form of expression, or more psychodynamic/analytical, where the time is divided between individual art making and talking together.

  • Painting
  • Artwork
  • Drawing
  • Constructing Models
  • Needlecraft
  • Jewelry Design
  • Sculpting
  • Woodworking
  • Scrapbooking
  • Photography
  • Theatre
  • Film-Making
  • Dancing, Music, Playing Instruments, Singing
  • Poetry
  • Using Computer and Other Devices/ Technology to Create Art, Collage
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Movement to Music

Sing-along and music therapy is a fantastic tool for raising spirits. Often the activity leader will choose music based on a specific theme and then encourage the clients to discuss it.

  • Group can focus on each Member bringing their favorite song, review lyrics
  • Share different culture music
  • Hear me Roar- representation of who the person is
  • Dance party
  • Guess the tune
  • Different hits 60’s 70’s and 80’s – Theme Party
  • Yoga
  • Zumba
  • Music and Mindfulness exercise
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Attending an Institution of Higher Learning

Members can have an opportunity to look outside four walls and come to the reality of their dreams. Members can prepare for a tour or their choosing as a community or individually.

  •  Discuss all educational routes for an individual
  • What are the requirements to go to a secondary school
  • Explore my future (assessment for career choice)
  • Browse Online for Schools
  • Schedule tours to your local schools

Pet Therapy

Pet therapy is a guided interaction between a person and a trained animal. It also involves the animal’s handler. The purpose of pet therapy is to help someone recover from or cope with a health problem or mental disorder.

Budgeting/Money Management

Money management is a skill building skill group.  Group can focus on learning healthy money habits, identifying unnecessary expenditures, by engaging them in money management and budgeting games. These games allow Members the opportunity to practice money management skills in an enjoyable and cooperative fashion.

  • Learning to count change
  • Prepare a mock bank experience
  • Teach how to ….
  • Shopping Etiquette- no stealing, ask for help, develop a shopping list before you go
  • Create a budget 
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Recreational Activities/Community Events

The group can go anywhere in the community and it can lead to a learning experience. Re-integrating to the community is ideal for them since at times they have not experience being independent. Prior to going to the activity remember to be aware of time you go, possible triggers for Members, and have a plan ahead of time with your Members. 

  • Visit your local parks
  • Church
  • Scenery Browsing
  • Cultural events
  • Restaurants – ordering from menus, 
  • Personal choices
  • Paying the bill
  • Travel and community safety, use of public transportation
  • Bowling, Theater, community concerts
  • Library, Book clubs, Community festivals
  • Health fairs Holiday celebrations
  • Museums Parks, walking, picnics
  • Sports/fitness
  • Community gardens
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Communication Assistance

Communication skills are important to everyone – they are how we give and receive information and convey our ideas and opinions with those around us.

Communication comes in many forms: Group Can focused on the following

  • Verbal (sounds, language, and tone of voice)
  • Aural (listening and hearing)
  • Non-verbal (facial expressions, body language, and posture)
  • Written (journals, emails, blogs, and text messages)
  • Visual (signs, symbols, and pictures)


Group Can focus on Mindfulness skill building.

  • Mindfulness
  • Yoga
  • Meditation

Sensory Experiences

Sensory experiences include touch, movement, body awareness, sight, sound, smell, taste and the pull of gravity. The process of the brain organizing and interpreting this information is called Sensory Integration.

  • Bring food to taste during the group
  • Hot Chocolate Bar
  • Music
  • Mindfulness
  • Finger Painting
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Computer Training/Use

Group can focus on learning about the computer. Depending on the age Mbrs may or may not know how to use the computer. Mbrs can be exposed to a computer but can only do a few things on it.

  • How to use a computer
  • Create an email
  • Attach items to an email, upload, download, scan
  • Browse the internet
  • Using Word, Excel, Powerpoint

Accessing Sexuality Training

Group provides psychoeducation on sex topics, safety, and safe space in which members can discuss current personal questions or seek guidance.

Psychoeducation workshop on sex, sex prevention, STDs/STIs and HIV and AIDS

Invite local resources to come and talk to the Mbrs


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Cooking Club/Meal Preparation

Group will focus on teach members the importance of safety in the kitchen, meal preparation, and continue to focus on independent skills.

  • Cooking, Eating, Nutrition
  • Home Management and Home Safety
  • Safety in the kitchen
  • Food safety Classes on skill development
  • Cooking etiquette-wash hands, clean surface, use clean utensils, and wash the food you prep
  • Reading recipes
  • Measurement Tournament
  • Meal Prepping
  • Budgeting
  • Cook a meal as a group
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Independent Living Skills (shopping, housing)

Group can focus on individual needs to become independent.

  • Personal Hygiene
  • Dressing and Clothing Care
  • Health Care
  • Cooking, Eating, Nutrition
  • Home Management and Home Safety
  • Financial Management
  • Personal Growth, Awareness, and Problem Solving
  • Community Access
  • House Maintenance
  • Health, fitness Current events
  • Laundry
  • Telling time
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Grow vegetables and fruits to add and mix in meals at the center, and some fresh veggies will go home with the recipients. Your loved one will enjoy sharing the fresh harvest with the rest of her family. It helps them feel like they are contributing to the family and community.

  • How to grow a garden
  • How to create an indoor garden
  • Learn about different fruits and vegetables
  • Learn about different herbs
  • Taste and smell herbs
  • Use the same fruits and vegetables to cook a meal
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Vocational Training

Prepare individuals for current and future employment opportunities. This includes skill development such as hands on job readiness skills by learning what the person’s interests are and the capabilities of each person. Encourage technical or social-skills training.

Individual and small group trainings focus on building employment skills, including:

  • Punctuality
  • Personal hygiene
  • Workplace etiquette
  • Time management
  • Self-control
  • Stress management
  • Using public transportation
  • Money Management- (budget transportation, meals, and emergency funds)
  • Understanding their personal support system and how to utilize their support
  • Resume Building
  • Cover Letters
  • Interview Skills
  • Filling out job applications (paper applications)
  • Filling out job applications online-
  • Uploading resumes and cover letters
  • Email/VM etiquette
  • Mock Interview
  • Dress to Impress and invite community to participate with interviewing
  • Host a career fair.
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Geography Groups

Geography lessons can make “world” of difference in Member’s knowledge of the world. That’s because geography is multidisciplinary by nature. Geography teaches math, language, and cultural literacy.

  • Discuss their personal story and discuss cultural facts
  • Fact or Myth game about the world
  • Look at a map

Where have I been and where am I going

Volunteer Job

Members want to be productive members of society. Members can volunteer out in the community or work on a project at the center.

  • Seek local volunteer opportunities: food banks, shelters, library, senior homes
  • Connect with other communities


  • Games
  • Activities that engage adults of all ages