STS offers experience and support to those in need of Community Integration Training services. Effective behavioral and skills training support is extremely needed in the population of those with Developmental Disabilities, especially as they strive to assimilate into and build their support networks with the community around them. They generally are individuals who require assistance to build such resources and assist them to safely access while building relationships and skills.
In attempting to provide such a service to individuals, an agency and people involved need to have a philosophy to navigate their ability to serve this population. STS stands to:
- Build and strengthen community belongings
- STS has a goal to assist individuals to feel a sense of belonging in either their own community or in a community for them. By helping them to identify, build and access such community activities or resources for themselves by their choice, and learn to be successful there. Every person has the right to live, work and enjoy the community in which they live, and STS strives to help them to have a sense of “normalcy” in the community of their choice. True integration is a goal that must include training and education aimed at the community as well as the identified client. STS staff will meet with clients in the community to provide Community Integration Training Program Services to individuals who need such day and vocational support/training services. Individuals who participate in Community Integration Training Program services will be engaged in learning efficient life skills and functional behavioral techniques which will be able to be generalized into all aspects of their lives, especially in each and every community, vocational or social endeavor they participate in.
- Offer positive and useful life opportunities
- STS has a goal to help participants to identify and participate in useful and enjoyable opportunities in their communities. Programs designed to assist in the integration of developmentally disabled persons, particularly those dealing with the remediation of behavioral problems, must institute safeguards to avoid admissions and discharge criteria that render the service ineffective and exclusionary. Service programs must be individualized based on the client’s preferences, needs and assets. Service design must be flexible, allowing for the accommodation of the changing individual. We will create and provide Community Integration Training Program groups. These small groups will be facilitated by STS staff and will provide excellent opportunities for the individual to participate in skill, vocational and social trainings.
- Demonstrate, teach, guide and support individuals to independence
- STS believes that the individuals we serve are seeking assistance to be increasingly independent in their life pursuits. Skills training and positive experiences will be the key for them to develop such independence. Support efforts should be directed toward increasing the individual’s capacity to make responsible choices; both in the learning of new skills and the development of acceptable means of behavioral expression. Intervention programs strive to hold the client accountable for agreements she or he enters into rather than adherence to arbitrary rules. Positive, proactive strategies are the preferred mode of behavioral programming, and consequences for negative behaviors must be linked directly to the target behavior and should be chosen from a hierarchy of least to most restrictive options, natural consequences being preferred.