Executive Functioning Instruction
Social Communication Instruction
Campus Social Engagement
Transition Preparation and Services
Coordination with School and University Based Counselors, Faculty, and Staff
Academics:Students have access to their individual coaches through scheduled one-on-one sessions and open small group sessions, 4-5 times a week. Coaches are available to students and families during open phone and email access hours.
Coaching sessions include:
- Overseeing course progress
- Breaking down assignments into manageable tasks
- Creating daily and weekly task lists that help students prioritize workload
- Creating exam study schedules that are manageable and realistic
- Rigorously following students' course syllabi to reinforce that all assignments are completed and submitted on time
- Creating individualized study methods
Executive Functioning Instruction:Students use their own assignments and responsibilities to build competence for survival in today's world. Executive functioning instruction focuses on skills such as organization, planning, prioritizing, self-monitoring, goal setting, and time management.
- Setting up weekly schedules that are infused with coaching session times, class location and time, study time, and recreational and social activities
- Assisting students with creating systems for organizing class content and course expectations
- Creating systems with students to confirm progress in each course
- Assisting students in advocating for appropriate accommodations and making sure accommodations are in place in all courses
- Helping students communicate with note-takers, ensuring all pertinent information is included in
all notes (i.e. announcements, date changes, assignments, etc.)
- Helping students organize their work and making sure they have everything they need for each course
Social Communication Instruction:Students may participate in small social groups to learn how to be active listeners, stay on track in conversations, ask questions comfortably in class, know when to change the conversation path, know how to decline and initiate social invitations, develop interview skills, and discuss their concerns with peers.
Here's how it looks:
- Daily coaching sessions help students learn how to work collaboratively with their peers on group projects and assignments, as well as how to communicate effectively with professors and others on campus
- We help students to coordinate and make plans outside of their academics with other students
- Staff facilitates weekly NFiL Friday lunches held in NYC
- Staff coordinates with universities to help students to receive social communication support on the college campuses (when available)
- Social events are held at our main office to mark the end of each semester, to acknowledge student and staff achievements, etc.
Campus Social Engagement:New Frontiers helps build social competencies in our students. Coaches meet with students as often as needed in one-on-one and small group meetings.
- Guiding and supporting students as they participate in clubs, campus events, and other social activities.
- Teaching and encouraging students to advocate for themselves throughout the campus community in varied social situations that may include residential life, socializing with peers, and daily management routines.
- Mediating residence life issues and collaborating with residential life staff to ensure a safe and welcoming dorm life is in place.
- Providing support in dealing with social issues that may arise with professors, peers, or roommates.
Transition Preparation and Services:Our transition team focuses on working with students to develop self-determination/advocacy skills and to design person-centered transition plans.
- Conducting career and vocational assessments
- Assisting with placement in internships and employment
- Supporting students during internships and employment, ensuring success in their vocational/occupational choices.
Coordination with School and University Based Counselors, Faculty, and Staff:As former based school-based educators, we work well with our students' schools. We are effective student advocates with a school-friendly approach.
- A coach for each student, who is the point person for contact with the program team, faculty and parents
- Providing updates to parents on an ongoing basis regarding students' progress
- Check ins with faculty on students' progress in each course when necessary
- Coordination with the Office of Disabilities on the campuses
- Ensuring accommodations are in place in each course