Transitional Planning Support

One size does not fit all: Adults with autism have unique needs for transitional programming

Helping young adults, their families, and their teachers prepare for transitioning into adulthood

The Center for Independence at CCSN offers expert consultation to schools, 18-21 programs, transition academies, and adult agencies about autism, and its effect during adolescence and adulthood. We eliminate disruptive behaviors, setting realistic goals that measure progress, and use evidence-based techniques (in the classroom, community and workplace) to help individuals overcome social anxiety and develop communication skills.

Research has proven that individuals on the autism spectrum can achieve greater independence, professional success, and a better quality of life if they are provided with effective training, intervention, and support during their young adult years.

Starting in middle school, families, school based teams, and community providers need to increase their efforts to prepare individuals for the challenges of adulthood.

Our consultants can help schools and institutions with:

  • Staff training (group or individual)
  • Program design
  • Data collection systems and data analysis
  • Individual case consultation and intervention
  • Program observation
  • Supervision/observation of coaches and off-site collaboration

Usually, agencies have a set template they use when working with clients with intellectual disabilities or complex psychiatric disorders. However, this rigid approach can cause more problems than they solve. The Center for Independence at CCSN understands that individuals with autism need a specialized approach to achieve full independence.

Successful programming is based on understanding autism

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The Center for Independence at CCSN recognizes how it impacts development and behaviors. Unlike individuals with intellectual disabilities or chronic mental illness, adults with autism can learn new skills and become increasingly independent throughout their adult years.

The goal for most individuals should be sustaining competitive employment, living on their own (with minimal assistance), and participating in regular social activities. These goals require an active approach which sets goals and builds competencies, while identifying obstacles and ways to over come them, rather than reducing demands, building in long term supports, and preventing regression.


Individual and Group Therapy

A complete assessment to identify and assist special needs adults accomplish their personal and professional goals

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Employer Consultation

Educating business leaders on the benefits of recruiting and supporting ‘neurodiverse’ employees

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