The Life Skills program offers training and support to adults who have a developmental disability and children who have special needs.
The program focus is to teach individuals independence in daily living.
We assess a person’s skill level by doing a strengths and needs assessment. With this information the individual, staff, families, advocates, and significant others work together to develop short-term goals.
The Adult Life Skills Program
The Adult Life Skills Program offers training and support to adults, 19 years and older, who have developmental disabilities. Our mission is to help people live as full citizens in their community. We offer services that are uniquely tailored to each person’s goals and needs. The times and days are based on personal choice.
We are a strength-based, person-centered program that focuses on the positive qualities and accomplishments of each person. We provide opportunities for people to learn about themselves, explore their strengths and challenges, develop interpersonal communication skills, employability skills and build relationships with others.
The Adult Life Skills Program provides training and supports in the following areas (but not limited to these):
• Home Management (cleaning, laundry, develop chore routines, etc.)
• Financial Management (budgeting, savings and planning, debt management, etc.)
• Health and Wellness (nutrition and meal planning, cooking, shopping, personal care, medication management, professional appointment support, etc.)
• Personal Development (socialization skills, healthy relationships, assertiveness, health education, stranger awareness, managing stress, building support systems, etc.)
• Safety and Transportation Training (internet and safety training, fire safety, home hazard awareness, transit system)
• Community Resources (use of the library, swimming pool, obtaining BC Identification, Tenant Rights, access 911)
• Leisure and Recreational Skills (various sports and activities in the community)
• Education Exploration and Supports
Adult Life Skills are provided in the community or home at no cost.
How to Access Adult Life Skills:
Adults are referred and funded by Community Living British Columbia (CLBC). If you are interested, please call CLBC at 250-645-4065. CLBC contracts services for Life Skills, which include:
Skill Development: Provides support to adults who live with their family and/or are preparing to live on their own.
Outreach: Provides support to adults who live on their own or with a roommate.
Personal Supports Initiative (PSI): Provides services to adults who have both significant limitations in adaptive functioning and either a diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Children’s Life skills Program
Children (age 0-18) who have special needs are referred by the Children and Youth with Special Needs (CYSN) Team.
To get a referral to this program, call CYSN at 250-565-4151 and speak to a Social Worker.
Parents then meet with the Life skills Instructor and sign a contract for their child. Contract goals for the child are defined by the parents and social worker.
These can include independent living skills, social skills, traffic safety, hygiene, transitioning to adulthood, etc.
For more information contact:
Adult Life Skills/ Children’s Life Skills
950 Kerry Street
Prince George, BC V2M 5A3
Telephone: (250) 564-6408