During the CIP Summer Program students get a sneak peek at what it’s like to be away from home and living on a college campus.
Transitions can be especially difficult for students on the autism spectrum or with learning differences, and the CIP summer program can help them to prepare for what happens as they move to the next stage of their lives.
Our curriculum touches on nearly all of the areas addressed in Dr. McManmon’s article The Art of Letting Go: College Transitioning for the LD Student:
Breaking the Dependency
Students spend 2 weeks in a supported environment away from family and their main support systems.
Students will make decision on their own with the help of staff and have the opportunity to connect with their families in the evening to share their successes with new found independence.
How Much Communication Is Enough?
Staff help students to find a good balance for keeping in touch with their family without having it impact their social successes.
Using the Supports You Need
The College 101 session will help students learn what services are available in college and how they differ from the services offered in high school.
The Steel Umbilical Cord
Students and their families have the opportunity to spend two weeks developing a new relationship where the student can learn to adviocate for assistance from people other than their parents.
Students will take responsibility for their own lives. CIP staff act as residential advisors and are available to offer support with managing hygiene, medication management or roommate relationships.
Balancing Nutrition, Sleep and Exercise
For many students living in a dorm can be their first opportunity to eat what they want, sleep as little as they want and avoid exercise. The CIP summer program will explore why balancing nutrition, sleep and exercise are important and crucial to college success.
Getting the Lay of the land and Being Safe
Living on a college campus, eating in the dorms and touring the local area will get students more comfortable with navigating a college campus. Students are also taught to look for landmarks and learn to use their cell phones if necessary.
Tolerance and Diversity
The CIP summer program strives to have a diverse group with each summer program. Students are exposed to a variety of different people and staff can help to mentor and guide them through new situations.
Handling Your Own Finances
Students will have the opportunity to practice budgeting their money for meals, tips and special treats like popcorn at the movies.
Dr. McManmon is the Founder of the College Internship Program (CIP), Psychology Today blog author, and author of the new book “Made for Good Purpose, What Every Parent Needs to Know to Help Their Adolescent with Asperger’s, High Functioning Autism or a Learning Difference Become an Independent Adult.“
If you’re interested in joining us for another fun summer submit your application now! Participants who join us this summer can expect expert staff and outstanding programming, a top-rated college or university setting, and plenty of action-packed learning and recreational activities.
During our two exciting weeks together, participants will be introduced to CIP’s comprehensive curriculum, developing goals through the Person-Centered Planning process, practicing independent living skills and social competencies. Best of all, participants will have lots of opportunities to build new friendships and have plenty of fun!
We hope that you’ll join us for an incredible two weeks that students will remember for a long time to come!