Weekly community outings in the School-Age Program are designed to generalize academic and behavioral goals to practical and meaningful environments outside of the school. In this way, learning becomes and remains relevant for each student. Further, community outings provide opportunities for students to interact with typically developing peers – a natural and fun way to practice social and friendship skills.
Community outings encompass many environments and many goals and objectives. Outings can range from recreation and leisure activities like spring hiking and 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, relevant goals are developed further and worked on by teachers. Community outings take place a minimum of once per week and usually last the entire day.