Together Achieving Goals!
TAG! Program at Lakeside Center for Autism
Our TAG! programs are weekly meetings of up to eight friends who get to enjoy all the trappings of youth; fun, games, and an occasional monster invasion. These friends, however, are also involved in a social group program designed to promote the building of friendships, the sharing and expansion of ideas and conflict resolution.
As an intern at TAG! you will have the opportunity to receive:
–2–6 hours a week of direct service hours, with the potential to increase observation hours within specific disciplines with an individual therapist.
- Practice and experience giving small group and 1:1 social and behavioral instruction with support from trained therapists and educators.
- Collaborate and receive training from Lakeside’s resident therapists, including; occupation, speech, and physical therapies, ABA and PRT treatment providers, and special education staff.
- Receive basic trainings in behavior management, PRT and cooperative arrangements.
Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT) is empirically supported naturalistic therapy based on the principals of Applied Behavior Analysis. It uses cooperative arrangements as a way to, “create opportunities for children with Autism to engage in social interactions with their peers.” (Koegel and Koegel, Pivotal Response Treatment for Autism. 2011) Cooperative arrangements are mutually reinforcing activities that require social interaction to complete.
- Receive training and experience using the Superflex curriculum to help improve individual’s social skills.
The Superflex curriculum is a widely used curriculum in public schools throughout the U.S. It is a fun, motivating and non-threatening way to explore social thinking and increase a student’s awareness of social expectations as well as their awareness of their own behavior. Superflex was created by a pair of Speech and Language Pathologist and focuses on Superflex, a flexible thinking superhero who is able to solve problems to defeat the Unthinkables, characters that take over our brains and make us behave inflexibly or inappropriately
- At the conclusion of the session a letter of recommendation discussing areas of intervention targets and strengths of interns in those areas as well as an official certificate of completion and documented hours from Lakeside supervising treatment providers including speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, special educators, and clinical psychologists.
- The program will run 3 days a week for 12 weeks, with staff hours from 3:45–5:45 PM. Interns are expected to be available for at least one day a week through each 12 week session.
Winter 2014: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday; December 8 – March 11
Spring 2015: Days TBD, March 16 – June 8
Summer 2015: Days TBD, June 15 – August 31
Fall 2015: Days TBD, September 7 – November 30
2. Lifting and physical flexibility will be required.
3. Interns will be required to teach:
- Academic skills (reading, writing, math)
- Communication/Language skills
- Social skills and adaptive behavior through play and scripted interactions
- Applicants must be willing to ride bikes with students, swim with students, hike, play soccer and other active games (not just supervise).
Behavior management skills are taught, interns will be expected to implement with support.
We’re looking for enthusiastic, fun loving instructors who are willing to be flexible and perform a variety of tasks with a variety of students.
If interested in interning with the TAG! Program please send cover letter and resume to:
Social Group Coordinator/Speech Language Department Manager