We teach our students many skills at school and while the students are able to demonstrate the skills at school they may struggle to generalize the same skill in a community setting. Each time we access the community we provide a natural learning environment that allows the students to better understand the skills we are teaching as well as provide us feedback to what we still need to work on or how to help a particular student become more independent in that setting. Community activities include:
- Recreation and leisure activities in community settings: Recreation activities in the community allow students to develop functional social, communication, personal management skills in the areas of recreation and leisure (e.g., working out at fitness clubs, bowling, visiting libraries, going to movies, visiting a mall, going out to lunch, visiting parks, etc.)
- Pedestrian safety training: Students receive specific and ongoing instruction in walking and crossing streets in the community. This includes learning to navigate the community. An indirect, but very important benefit to walking is improving overall fitness.
- Transportation: Students will also receive specific and ongoing instruction using Metro, Sound Transit, and ACCESS (when necessary); use of carpools, taxis, bicycles and other forms of transportation when appropriate.