Residential Services

Overview

Aditus provides Community Residential Services for people from fourteen (14) through young adult life with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Pervasive Developmental Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS), Asperger Syndrome (AS), Intellectual and other Developmental Disabilities, Brain Injury, Mental Illness, Behavioral Health, Attention Deficit Disorder, and those who due to attention, language, motor, social, emotional, and regulation problems make it difficult for them to live at home with their families or manage/function well in their school based educational programs.

Our Community Residential Services are unique in that all services are customized to the individual and take place in the natural environments of the home, and the community which we believe exemplifies the kind of “treatment” that will be most effective in teaching individuals  the skills they need to become independent.  All materials used and skills taught are both age appropriate and functional to allow each individual to function as normally as possible in the real world. Community based instruction is the norm, and functional living skills such as street-crossing, bus riding, shopping, cooking, leisure/recreation, and vocational skills are emphasized in addition to functional academics, social integration, communication, and emotional regulation. We believe that people from middle school through young adulthood learn best from a “therapeutic milieu”, in which the relationships they develop are with healthy, caring, and appropriate adults who provide both a role model for their behavior and their “healing”.

Training focuses on specific and concrete goals as opposed to underlying deficits.  For examples, when using Self-Monitoring, an individual can be taught to monitor his own attending skills. After learning what behaviors comprise appropriate attending, the individual can be taught how to self-assess whether or not he/she was paying attention etc. This population benefits most from: (1) consistency in approach; (2) focused listening (by staff); (3) being encouraged to “talk through” their thoughts and experiences throughout their daily activities, (4) working with staff trained to see antecedents and counter them before they erupt in inappropriate behavior; and (5) behavioral supports integrated throughout their day.

We believe that active, on-going relationships with parents, guardians, and family members are key to the success of individuals served in our Community Residential Services. Regular visits and frequent phone calls are encouraged. Visits home are also encouraged whenever possible and appropriate.

We currently provide Ashley Farm Adolescent Educational/Residential Services for people from fourteen (14) to twenty-two (22), Ashley Farm Vocational/Residential Service for young adults, and Respite Services (short term and long term) for people from fourteen (14) through young adult-hood. We are also planning to open a Community/Vocational Staffed Apartment Service for young adults in the spring of 2011.