Holding Hands Adaptive Skills Program addresses the practical everyday skills a child, teen or adult needs in order to function at home and in the community. Our program targets 6 domains: self-care, communication, health & safety, social, self-direction and leisure. When selecting goals, the clinical team will be aware of the individual’s limitations due to their developmental age, level, and physical ability. Our program utilizes an evidence based modality (Applied Behavioral Analysis) under the supervision of BCBA’s (Board Certified Behavioral Analysis.) Sessions are provided within the home and the community, and parent training is a pivotal part of the program.

Please note Holding Hands also provides Adaptive skills utilizing a Floortime modality. Please see Floortime under service section for more information.

Self-Care Skills

This domain teaches the skills necessary for independent dressing, personal hygiene, eating, and toileting. Stress for the child and family can be caused by difficulties within this domain. By teaching the child the skills necessary to tend to their own self-care needs, the child’s program will increase self-sufficiency, creating a better quality of life for the child and family.

Communication Skills

This domain teaches the skills necessary to effectively communicate with others. Children with difficulties in this domain may experience frustration, isolation and poor self-esteem. By addressing goals for communication skills, the child will learn to communicate via a preferred style, whether it is verbal or non-verbal communication, American Sign Language (ASL), or other augmentative communication device. The child’s program will build a foundation of skills for communication in everyday interactions.

Social Skills

This domain teaches various skills to enable independent and successful social interaction with family and peers. These skills will support the child to interact with others everyday across different settings. The child’s program will address social skills during sessions at home and in the community.

Self-Direction Skills

This domain teaches the child to initiate, plan, sequence and execute his/her intentions in different environments. In addition, the child will learn to adapt to changes. The child’s program will support the ability to remain calm and regulated while organizing and following daily routines.

Leisure Skills

This section of the programming will target teaching individuals to entertain themselves and others during free and unstructured time. Individuals will be taught to engage in activities when there is free or unstructured time. This is so the individual will learn to be more independent and begin engaging in activities when there is no adult directing or initiating play. This skill is crucial for individuals to learn in order to increase independence within the home.

Health and Safety

This domain teaches the family how to develop a safe home while providing a stimulating environment for their client to learn. The family is taught how to support their child’s independent recognition of safety and health concerns in the home and community. Caregivers are taught to develop these behaviors to support their child’s independence

Adaptive Behavior includes the age-appropriate behaviors necessary for people to live independently and to function safely and appropriately in daily life. Adaptive behaviors include real life skills such as grooming, dressing, safety, safe food handling, school rules, ability to work, money management, cleaning, making friends, social skills functional communication, and personal responsibility.

Adaptive behavior assessments are used in evaluation of students with learning disabilities to determine what behavior strengths and weaknesses should be addressed to improve the learner's possibility for success in school and life. It is not uncommon for learning disabled students to require specially designed instruction to learn adaptive behaviors.