• Cooking

  • Life Skills

  • Art

  • Therapeutic Art

  • Yoga

  • World Studies

  • Drama

  • Social Development

  • Crafts

  • Wellness

  • Photography

  • Personal Development

  • Computer

  • Dance

  • Music Lessons

  • Etiquette

  • Art Appreciation

  • Music Appreciation

Cooking

Kitchen essentials are taught everyday in Cooking.  Members learn how to prepare a clean surface, handle knives and kitchen equipment safely, prepare a recipe (that can be replicated at home) and wash up afterwards.  Additionally, members are invited to bring in their own recipes to plan, make and bring home to enjoy!

Life Skills

Learn practical home skills that can be applied to everyday life.  Organization and clean living skills are taught in an easy and fun manner that can be duplicated at home and work.

Music Appreciation

In Music appreciation members have the opportunity to expand their taste of different musical genres and apply it by creating their own samples using "Garage Band" software on our iMac.  Each month we explore a different genre and examine the specific, various elements that give that genre it's specific sound.  

Art

Art class provides hands-on learning through a vast array of mediums including paint, clay, cement, paper, chalk and more.  Classes are person-centered and individual projects are selected based on the abilities of each member.  Learning can be observed tangibly through the successful and timely completion of project pieces. Additionally, the environment is also adapted through the use of music and aromatherapy to provide a calm environment to promote creativity.

Therapeutic Art

Members learn relaxation techniques through guided art classes.  Using Mandala coloring techniques, members will appreciate the deeper meaning of color and how it relates to emotional health.

Yoga

Yoga teaches relaxation and self-control through breathing and stretching.  It also provides fitness through poses that require practitoners to use their own body-weight as resistance.  Taught to the sound of soothing elemental music and aromatherapy, Yoga is a great way to stay healthy! 

World Studies

In this class our members learn and study facts about the world around them.  The class is taught through different mediums including video, art and discussion.  Each unit ends with a collaborative project that all members work on using their gifts and talents.

Computer

Our computer classes are designed to meet each individual's capabilities and expand on them. Basic computer skills and internet safety are taught, as well as prevocational soft skills including: resume building, MS Office and email. We also explore popular social media outlets such as FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Social Development

Social cues, manners and interpersonal skills are built in this class that focuses on how to make friends and interact with others in a group setting.  Games such as Uno, Apples to Apples and Jenga are used to stimulate appropriate conversation and members are guided as they work on taking turns, making eye contact and speaking at a reasonable volume.

Crafts

Gross and fine motor skills are strengthened in this hands-on class.  Members must follow directions, use tools and spatial awareness to create beautiful crafts from scratch.  Using inspiration from Pinterest and other social media, members select appropriate projects that can be created in a short time frame and brought home to share with their families.

Drama

Members will learn the skills and value of self expression through classes in the performing arts.  Classes teach theatrical technique, stage directions and performance coaching through various mediums.  Acting, singing, dancing and other skills are guided and polished until ready for a public performance!

Wellness

In Wellness, members discuss what it means to be healthy and happy.  Circle time provides an opportunity to express feelings and ask questions for group discussion.  Topics such as nutrition, hygiene, clean living and fitness are regularly discussed in an energetic, enthusiastic, person-centered format. 

Photography

This class serves as an introduction to the basic concepts of photography with a through focus of you and your camera.  Create and capture special moments that will be with you for a lifetime.  Learn how to photo edit, and develop your masterpieces.

Personal Development

Members learn how to journal, set goals, express opinions and participate in discussion groups.  This class provides personal tools to help gain confidence and become a self-advocate.

Dance

Dance is a way we all express ourselves, relieve stress, relate to others, and boost our mood! In our dance class we use each individual's creative expression to create choreography, learn new dance styles and create a language that transcends words.   

Sewing

Students in Sewing use a number of skills as they pick, design and create their own sewing projects from start to finish!  They begin by looking over different cuts of outfits, choosing what they want to make and then designing it on paper. From there, a pattern is cut out and work begins on their garment!

Music Lessons

Every member of the center can elect to take private or group music lessons in voice or an instrument of their choice!  Lessons are 15 minutes long and occur multiple times per week.  Whether a student is learning to play for the first time or is looking to improve on an existing skill, musical students are welcome at all stages!

Art Appreciation

In Art Appreciation, members choose a famous artist each month , research history about him/her then study and critique their work. Creative art projects are then chosen, which are inspired by that artist.

Artists such as Jackson Pollock (Paint Dripping), Franz Marc (Animals and color Symbolism), Georges Braque ( Cubism) and Johannes Vermeer (underpainting) are just a few of the artists covered so far!

 

Etiquette

This class is designed to foster the ideals of proper etiquette, good manners and civil behaviors. Come polish your skills at the Center! Once you graduate from our internal program, chose some friends and a local restaurant and showcase your learned sophistication during a lunch outing.