The Life Skills team helps to teach and model key skills and competencies for students to practice and generalize within their own households. Apartments are furnished and each student has their own bedroom and shares common areas with at least one roommate.
CIP students reside in fully furnished apartments conveniently located very close to CIP’s main offices and one another. Students have one to four roommates depending on their location and housing arrangements. Each student has their own bedroom and a shared bathroom, kitchen, and living room.
Students learn apartment upkeep skills to maintain a clean and sanitary living environment. Organizational tools such as visual management techniques can be utilized as they learn and develop the routines needed to maintain their living space. Students learn to apply executive function strategies to time and space management, and learn to live in organized, clean, and comfortable apartments.
An active social life is an important component of CIP’s Life Skills Program. Numerous unique recreational activities and other social events are planned and led in the surrounding community each weekend. A student lounge offers a place to drop in during unstructured time to socialize connect with others. CIP’s active social schedule helps foster social connections, travel skills, financial budgeting, and self-confidence.
CIP provides valuable instruction and help students learn to cook successfully for themselves and friends in their own apartments. Group cooking modules, menu planning, and grocery shopping are also provided as a part of CIP’s Life Skills Program. A weekly potluck takes place where everyone is invited to bring a favorite dish.