Pathways to Employment offers a social skills program in Lincoln.
Regrettably, COVID-19 required us to shut down our stands and, consequently, we have lagged in supplying the level of employment skills training we enjoyed before the pandemic. For now, we have decided to concentrate on soft skills, since most of our clients struggle with communication and social skills.
In the summer of 2021, our organization pivoted to social skills groups that allow our clients more interaction with one another. Many of our clients have been isolated throughout Covid and need a safe place to re-enter society. One of our board members, a special education teacher at a local school, conducts our social skills class. The focus is peer interaction, which fosters friendships and enhanced communication skills. While our clients typically undergo anxiety when they are first assigned to our pop-up stands, the soft skills they’re mastering will ultimately help them transition more easily into the community.
Here's what parents are saying about our new social skills program....
"Like many children with autism, my son, Braden, struggles with social skills. Factor in a pandemic that threw him into isolation and distance learning for the past year and a half, and his communication deficits became even more pronounced. So, when I heard about the Pathways to Employment’s social skills program, I jumped at the chance to enroll Braden. The program, which meets twice monthly, is led by Rachel, a warm, engaging special education teacher who helps facilitate interactions between peers. After a brief meet and greet, the children are given a series of activities such as tactile play, board games, and painting. It’s been so heartwarming to see Braden having fun with other children and to see all those happy smiles. After just two sessions, he’s already made new connections and friendships. And next week, he has plans
to see a movie with one of his new friends from class! I’m truly grateful to have found a safe, welcoming program for my son to practice
his social skills. If you know a teen or young adult on the spectrum who’s struggling with isolation or just looking to make new friendships, check out Pathways to Employment’s social skills program! Braden and I are so happy I did!"