The Life Skills Community Living Supports (LSCLS) program is provided in a small group of four to six individuals. The goal of this program is to develop an individual’s full potential by enhancing their interpersonal, self-care, communication, community participation, mobility, and daily living skills in areas targeted by their person-centered plan, leading to opportunities for increased independence.
We focus on teaching interpersonal skills, safety skills, and social skills including, but not limited to:
- following direction,
- getting along with others
- leisure skills
- community safety
- van safety
- adaptability as identified in individual plans of service
In order to experience meaningful and engaged lives, the individual is involved in activities that provide cultural enrichment, enhance their self-esteem, and develop a sense of belonging. By utilizing community services and participating in activities in the same manner as the typical community citizen, these individuals, with support and training, can learn to access resources within the neighborhood of their choice and live the lives that they desire.
Community activities available include recreation, leisure, and volunteerism. Individuals are provided instruction for community life skills through training and involvement in current and seasonal community-sponsored cultural events. Volunteer opportunities are available for individuals who are not currently interested in employment or as pre-training for employment readiness.
Various volunteer projects promote community participation and inclusion for people in the program. Some of the projects involve conservation work in local and state parks. Other projects include helping other community services such as Meals on Wheels, veterans associations, senior centers, the Humane Society, and local nursing homes. Safety skills, such as pedestrian safety and awareness of your surroundings, are also taught.
Individuals are taught examples of acceptable behavior in various situations and settings through role-playing, instruction, and personal experience including exposure to various types of activities and programming that promote social appropriateness and interaction. Training is provided in interpersonal relations, anger management, cultural diversity, and citizenship. Individuals also participate in many leisure activities such as cooking, creating various arts and crafts, or playing games, while working on relationships with their peers.
Cognitive/affective communication, sign language, and augmentative communication training and speech therapy are arranged as needed. Additional communication skills are taught, including conversational skills, vocabulary, spelling, and letter writing.
Individuals are engaged in activities that result in or lead to maintenance of or increased self-sufficiency. Individuals are introduced to tasks and activities that enable them to achieve independence and improve self-awareness. Individuals are provided with training to enhance gross and fine motor skills, eye/hand coordination, recreational play, and leisure experiences for personal and social development. Physical activities are done both on and off site. Examples include basketball, swimming, bowling, dancing, and exercise classes. Some individuals go to the YMCA or to community exercise classes. Special therapies are also available for certain individuals, such as occupational therapy and/or sensory integration. Individuals also learn many skills to address health and nutrition needs. They learn food types, healthy diets, and basic food preparation
Note: In Cadillac and Paris, the program is called Sensory and/or Group CLS. Kent County also provides a Life Skills Intensive Supports Program with smaller ratios for persons with higher personal care and/or behavior-support needs.