Work Initiative in Natural and Generalized Settings (WINGS) is a simple premise: students with autism learn more effectively when given natural environments. We realistically recreate various home and work settings while utilizing Visual Schedules and PECS to teach students such tasks as:
- laundry (in our wash room with real washer and clothes line)
- making beds (with real bed sheets, pillows)
- office tasks, filing (in a real filing cabinet based on color coding, picture matching, picture word association)
- dish washing
- preparing meals
- building/assembling furniture
A multitude of other tasks necessary for daily life which could potentially be transferred to vocational settings are addressed, based on the abilities of the students. Issues such as personal safety, accessing transportation, and participating in the community are also addressed.
In the beginning of the program, many students need structured behavioral interventions and intensive academic to allow them to fully participate in the program. As the student progresses in both behavior and academics, participation in the WINGS! activities increases to yield outcomes of increased independence and the ability to participate more fully in society.
As an outcome of the program, the student may even be placed in a supervised work environment such as a local restaurant, office, warehouse, or business, based on the needs and abilities of the individual.
For more information on our WINGS Program, please contact the school at 863-680-1290!