Life Skills & Apartment Living
The Life Skills program at CIP helps students on the autism spectrum or with learning differences gain executive functioning and life skills competencies such as organizing, cooking, cleaning, and living independently in an apartment. Students reside in furnished apartments, have their own bedroom and share common areas with at least one roommate.
The Life Skills staff teach important skills necessary for independent living. Weekly menu planning and grocery shopping takes place and staff provide instruction on how to plan nutritious meals and stay within a budget. Students may have individual cooking instruction with staff and all students cook cooperatively with their roommates. Regular roommate meetings facilitated with staff promote healthy roommate relationships. Students learn to work together to maintain their apartments.
Culinary classes are offered where students can refine their cooking skills in a group setting and sample new recipes. The meals prepared in the culinary classes provide valuable instruction and help students become successful cooks in their own apartments. Each week students gather for a popular potluck dinner where everyone is invited to bring a favorite dish and socialize.
Socialization & Recreation
An active social life is an important component of CIP’s Life Skills program. Unique recreational activities and other social events are planned each weekend, and lasting friendships are developed. Students have a minimum requirement to participate in events. As a group, students learn to be open minded, make compromises and value the interests of fellow students. CIP’s active social schedule helps foster life-long connections and develop more self-confidence.