Saint Louis University

Connections Program


 

CONNECTIONS PROGRAMS (requires $150 evaluation/$75 returning participants for selected programs)

Kid's Connection to Social Skills
Kid's Connection to Social Skills integrates developmental and sensory based activities with social strategies, resulting in a dynamic friend making experience. Preschool and elementary school children enjoy a variety of activities including obstacle courses in our sensory gym, cooking, crafts, and games. To join this program, a developmental evaluation or assessment is required, dependent on the child's therapy history. Only offered in the summer.

Tween Connection to Social Skills and Social Competency
Tween Connection to Social Skills combines common interests of group members with specialized sensory and social approaches, resulting in a unique experience for each middle school participant. Age appropriate life skills are integrated into each session to confront common challenges of middle school years, and Tweens are encouraged to try new skills at home and in the community. To join this program, a social skills assessment and interview are required along with the child's current IEP. Friday afternoons, six sessions each semester.

Teen Connection to Social Competency
Teen Connection to Social Competency provides a challenging, teen-focused experience each session. High school students enjoy sessions both on the Saint Louis University campus and in the community, such as pizza tossing, comedy improv, scavenger hunts and game nights. This program is based on Temple Grandin and Sean Barron's book, The Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships, and integrates 2 rules in each session. To join this program, a social competency assessment and interview are required along with the teen's current IEP. Thursday evenings, six sessions each semester.

Teen/Young Adult Connection To Social Competency: Connections To Nature And Friendship 
This summer program offers five technology free nights and six days living in the historic cabins of Shaw Nature Reserve's Dana Brown Overnight Center (Gray Summit, MO) exploring nature, life skills, team building activities, geocaching, cooking groups, game nights, campfires, field trips, and more! THIS CAMP IS OPEN TO RESIDENTS OUTSIDE THE SAINT LOUIS METRO AREA. Participants enjoy establishing new friendships and becoming more independent in a beautiful environment staffed with 2-3 OTs, 1 nurse, 1 nature/therapeutic recreation specialist, and many college student group leaders from multiple Saint Louis University majors.

Young Adult Connections To Independence: Bridges To Success
This year-long program offers living skills to facilitate transition from home to more independent environments. Programs address safe navigation of public transportation, telephone skills, cooking, self advocacy, money management, laundry skills, working with others, job interviewing, getting along with a roommate, home safety and maintaining a clean environment, organizing space, and more! (Programs offered based on the needs of the participants) This pilot program was created to address specific needs of high functioning young adults who have disabilities and have a desire to live independently. Participants choose 2 hour programs that apply to their personal needs throughout the year, many offered during summer months.

HEALTH RHYTHMS: Connections To a Better Life
Do you have a desire to remove a roadblock in your life but just do not know how to do it? HealthRhythms may be the answer for you. No musical experience needed! The foundation of the HealthRHYTHMS drumming program is the evidence-based HealthRHYTHMS® Group Empowerment Drumming Protocol. Scientific research has demonstrated that as a wellness strategy HealthRHYTHMS can create positive changes in the immune system, reduce burn-out and improve mood states. Participating in HealthRHYTHMS Group Empowerment Drumming provides an extraordinary opportunity to discover your personal rhythm and enhance the overall quality of your life. Additional information about the research that supports HealthRHYTHMS is available at the Remo website: www.remo.com/health.

 

2015 Sessions

Program

Dates

Cost

Tween/Kid's Connection

June 22-26, 2015
Mornings or afternoons depending on age group

$360 **

Teen Connection

June 1- July 17, 2015
Group times vary, minimum of once per week

$330: 6 sessions**
$700: additional 6 sessions plus 1 elective session**

Teen/ Young Adult Connection Overnight

July 5-10, 2015
At Shaw Nature Reserve

$800**

Young Adult Connections to Independence

4-6 summer sessions offered
Dates and times vary

$330 per 6 sessions**


** Evaluation Required

2015 Sessions

Program

Dates

Cost

Teen Connection 

6 Thursdays each semester

$330**

Young Adult Connections to Independence

4-6 sessions offered each semester
Dates and times vary

$330 per 6 sessions**


** Evaluation Required

 

2015 Sessions

Program

Dates

Cost

HealthRhythms
(adults, cohorts vary)

6 sessions per cohort, dates/times vary, ongoing dependent on enrollment

$200 for 6 one-hour sessions

inTime and The Listening Program

Ongoing by appointment

Prices vary **

OTonCampus

Ongoing individual and group sessions for SLU students by appointment

Insurance co-pay/private pay, cost varies based on service

 

** Evaluation Required

To Register please fill out the following form: 

For more information about SLU's College Connection, please contact  OTonCampus@slu.edu.

Read more about the Connections Program and how it started by clicking here. 

 

 

Allen P. and Josephine B. Green Foundation, Inc.

To download brochure, click here.

 


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