Weekly community outings in the Preschool Program encompass many environments and many goals and objectives. Outings can range from recreation and leisure activities like swimming to skill-building activities at Target, the grocery store, etc. Any location in the community that a student may find himself or herself with his or her family is targeted. During the community outings, the students work on regular treatment goals, as well as specific community goals. Community outings take place once per week and typically last the full session.
In addition to our community outings, each student has the option to attend lessons or classes in the community. For example, students may attend weekly gymnastic lessons or swimming lessons. Students are integrated into the lesson with typically developing peers. Staff assist each student during the lesson and help create opportunities for students to learn and grow from these interactions. Creating an opportunity to create relationships and learn from typically developing peers is an important component to a comprehensive program for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).