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Pathways to Employment offers a social skills program in Lincoln.

In the summer of 2021, our organization started running social skills groups that allow our clients to develop friendships and interact with their peers. Many of our clients are isolated due to a lack of adult services, lack of direct support staff and the severity of their behaviors. Our instructors lead our clients through a structured group social activity, craft, and cooking lesson. The focus of our social program is on peer interaction, following directions and maintaining appropriate behaviors in a group environment. Our focus on peer interaction fosters friendships and enhanced communication skills among our clients.

The social skills they are learning during program time transfer to the employment setting by easing client anxiety when they volunteer at our community pop-up stands. These soft skills they're mastering will ultimately help them transition more easily into the community.

Here's what parents are saying about our 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!"

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