The community-based instruction (CBI) component is a vital part of Lifeworks Schools’ autism spectrum disorder programs. It is designed to expose students to experiences within the natural environment of their community. The goal is to help students develop the necessary skills to independently navigate their community, engage in social communication and acquire employment skills.
The grocery store, laundromat, restaurants and public transportation are just a few examples of the different locations in which our students can gain hands-on, real world experiences. CBI is overseen by a multidisciplinary team that consists of a speech pathologist, occupational therapist, board-certified behavioral analyst, behavior specialist and special education teacher.
We recognize the use of best practices by individualizing the experiences in the community considering the student’s strengths, needs, mental health and independence level to fully support the student in making progress towards goals.
Challenges some of our students have accessing the community:
- High rates of impulsive or unexpected behavior
- Poor hygiene
- Inadequate eating skills
- Inappropriate boundaries
- Deficits in social communication
CBI areas include:
- Social awareness
- Meals in public
- Money and time
- Employability skills
- Safety in the community
- Community knowledge and self-identification