Talisman Programs Launches Transitional Living Program for Young Adults with Asperger’s Syndrome and Other Autism Spectrum Disorders

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Beginning next month, Talisman Transitions will help young men ages 18 to 24, who have Asperger’s Syndrome, high-functioning autism and related autism spectrum disorders, develop the skills they need to successfully transition into adulthood.

We give young adults with Asperger’s and related disorders an opportunity to do what other 18- to 24-year-olds are doing, but with the added support of a team of assistants.

The transition from high school to college, work and independent living presents unique challenges for young adults with Asperger’s Syndrome and other autism spectrum disorders. That’s why, in addition to special needs summer camps and a middle/high school program for teens with Asperger’s, Talisman Academy will be introducing a specialized transitional living program called Talisman Transitions in January 2011.

Talisman Transitions will serve young men, ages 18 to 24, who have Asperger’s Syndrome, high-functioning autism and related autism spectrum disorders. The typical length of stay is expected to be between one and two years. In a residential setting, based out of a beautiful, rustic bed and breakfast, young people will have a unique opportunity to transition into adulthood with the guidance and support of caring professionals.

“The goal of Talisman Transitions is to help young people achieve independence,” said Jonathan Bassett, the program’s director. “Whether a student wishes to work, attend college or integrate into the community, they will be learning critical independent living skills, self-regulation and social skills in everything they do.”

Talisman Transitions is completely individualized and tailored to the distinct goals of each student:

  •     Those who are striving to work or live independently will focus on core competencies such as grocery shopping, healthy living, renting an apartment, finding and maintaining employment, and other skills.
  •     Students who wish to attend college may attend classes at the local community college while learning life skills at Talisman Transitions.
  •     Young people who need to earn additional high school credits can attend classes and receive a high school diploma from Talisman Academy.

In order to hone their skills, students will set their own schedules, prepare their own meals and get ready independently each day. On weekends, students will have typical young adult responsibilities and experiences, including banking, grocery shopping, socializing, playing sports and even going on dates.

“We give young adults with Asperger’s and related disorders an opportunity to do what other 18- to 24-year-olds are doing, but with the added support of a team of assistants,” said Bassett.

Every student will work with a case supervisor who teaches classes and offers guidance on daily living, as well as a team of direct care assistants who provide feedback and support as needed.

“Young people at Talisman Transitions have plenty of support and guidance, but they also have the opportunity to make their own decisions, both good and bad,” said Bassett. “This way, they can learn from their mistakes in a supportive environment.”

Backed by 30-plus years of expertise, Talisman Transitions was created by the same professional team that founded the highly successful Talisman special needs summer camps and the Talisman Academy high school for teens with Asperger’s and related disorders.

Talisman Transitions is now accepting admissions for program dates beginning on January 3, 2011. For more information, please contact Tracy Hopkins, Admissions Director at Talisman Academy.

About Talisman Programs

Talisman Programs offers summer camps for children with learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD, Asperger’s Syndrome and high-functioning autism, as well as Talisman Academy, a high school program for teens with Asperger’s. With a highly structured daily schedule, a small staff-to-student ratio, in-depth social and life skills training, and plenty of fun and adventure, Talisman has been a first choice of families since 1980.

Talisman Programs is a program of Aspen Education Group, the nation’s leading provider of therapeutic education programs for struggling or underachieving young people. Aspen’s services range from short-term intervention programs to residential treatment, and include a variety of therapeutic settings such as boarding schools, outdoor behavioral health programs and special needs summer camps, allowing professionals and families the opportunity to choose the best setting to meet a student’s unique academic and emotional needs.

Aspen Education Group is a member of CRC Health Group, the most comprehensive network of specialized behavioral care services in the nation. For over two decades, CRC Health has been achieving successful outcomes for individuals and families.

For more information, please call (866) 515-5202 or visit Talisman Academy.

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