A Behavioral Services Program for College Students
For most young adults, balancing the demands of collegiate, social, and family life is an adjustment. Navigating a college campus, understanding staff and professor expectations, living away from home, sustaining work or internship, and/or living with a roommate are additional changes many of these individuals face. While these life changes are expected and manageable for most, some young adults live with difficulties that require therapeutic intervention to assist them in being able to successfully navigate and conquer these obstacles.
College Connections is a behavioral services program designed to assist high-functioning college students with a combination of cognitive, emotional, and learning challenges in developing the skills needed for successful participation in school, career, and community.
Participants of this program have a learning and information processing style that is highly responsive to absorbing new information that is taught in a concrete, behavior-based manner. While many behavior-based programs are targeted towards young children and/or individuals who tend to be moderate to low functioning, Learning Dynamics’ College Connections program is designed for the higher-functioning young adult. Supporting college students ages 17-30 with a variety of difficulties; the majority of our participants are individuals with high-functioning Autism Spectrum, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity, anxiety (e.g. GAD, OCD), and/or learning disorders.
Participants of our program have difficulties that require intentional interventions over extended periods of time to assist them in strengthening the foundational skills and abilities that they will need for successful independent living in the future. As engagement of a primary support system can help people learn and generalize new skills faster; this participation is essential and required. Support system membership varies among participants, but may include parents, family, educators, and residence advisors.
- An initial screening is conducted to determine if a family’s needs and goals are consistent with what our program offers.
- Eligible participants who decide to proceed will complete a more comprehensive behavior assessment that includes formalized measures and observations (residence, campus, and/or community) in order to gather baseline information and develop a customized “College Connections Support Plan.” The plan includes behavior-based goals in one or more of our program’s three primary focus areas of major life activities: Education and Occupation, Health and Life Skills, and Interpersonal Relationships.
- While the duration of our program varies on goals and abilities, we generally outline plans 6 months at a time; as we complete follow-up assessments to examine progress and facilitate program accountability.
Service Options: Behavioral, cognitive, and interpersonal enhancement techniques are taught to promote age-appropriate interactions with others; concentration and organization abilities; information processing skills; effective communication; independent life skills; health, safety and mobility; and academic and occupational success.
Here are some of the services available that may be included in a College Connections Support Plan. Please click on the links for more details on each of these services.
Peer Connections: Small group opportunity to develop and practice behaviors needed to establish and maintain positive peer social interactions, with the support of group facilitators.
Coach: One-on-two support (with similar ability/goal peer) facilitate goal attainment and generalization. Fieldtrips in the community to practice learned skills across environments is an essential component.
Mentor: One-on-one support in controlled and natural environments, facilitating an opportunity for more customized interventions than small group sessions can provide.
We have partnered with Occidental College to provide this program to their students on-site at the college. For more information you can contact Learning Dynamics directly or Occidental College Disability Services at (323) 259-2969.