Executive functioning is a key skill required during daily activities such as making it to class on time, being organized with class work, and even social recreational events. CIP’s in-house curriculum was developed to provide students with essential supports to help them experience success.
Reframing is a term used to describe the process in which a person converts the thoughts and feelings about a negative situation into a positive pathway for change. The reframing class identifies the strengths of a behavior and readjusts the thinking process so the individual is able to recognize the positive outcomes. Reframing also includes an emotional regulation process to help students identify their thoughts and feelings. Weekly and daily themes help students with self-understanding and an important structure to start one’s day.
Executive Functioning Group
Executive Functioning Groups occur at the beginning and end of each week, serving as ‘bookends’ for the week. Students meet in small groups to develop a personal organizational strategy, learn to better manage their time, and organize their class work. They evaluate their progress and share insight and strategies together as a group. Students create tools that assist them in reaching academic, employment and life goals.
In a combined effort with occupational therapists and wellness instructors, the residential staff work with students individually on a variety of executive functioning tasks including grocery shopping, cooking, implement sensory diets, personal organization strategies, cleaning, laundry, and overall health and wellness regimes. Students learn to develop these skills in groups and individually with staff. Apartment living provides real life opportunities for students to make friends and develop common interests, while learning to live independently in a safe, supported environment.