Many young adults today who leave a therapeutic program or who leave home for the first time and make the transition to college or the work world, face a daunting challenge.
Often they are high achievers, but thrust into this new, real world alone with few personal advocates, these young adults often are overwhelmed by isolation and the lack of structure and support.
They are often unable to build a positive sense of self or use any skills they might have developed that could help them get good grades, achieve goals and succeed. Too often they begin to fail and return to old, negative patterns and peer groups.
There also are individuals who, because of awkwardness in their ability to express their feelings and participate in more complex social interactions, are unable to achieve their full potential and experience a “Failure to Launch” to the next stage in their developmental process. Many of these young people are extremely bright and are able to do well in select areas of academic focus but are overwhelmed by the complex social demands of young adulthood.
The Optimum Performance Institute gives young adults the individualized help they need to make “real” the tools and skills they acquired either in other therapeutic programs, wilderness programs, or during prior high school or college experiences.
About Life Skills
Life skills training can help young adults to transition into independent living. They are necessary for self-sufficiency.
Life skills training programs also help young adults to gain self-trust and self-esteem. The end result is a young adult who feels confident in his or her own ability to navigate through the ups and downs of life with assistance in basic living. Some of the basic skills that are taught in our program include:
- Time management. Participants learn how to multitask and make time for all that is important in their lives.
- Transportation. Participants learn how to effectively navigate public transportation or maintain their own personal transportation.
- Cooking and nutrition. Participants learn the basics of nutrition so they can prepare healthy and budget-friendly meals at home on their own.
- Physical exercise. Participants learn the importance of staying physically active and are taught how to incorporate physical activity into everyday life.
- Budgeting. Participants are taught how to wisely and responsibly handle their funds. This skill is of particular use for young adults who most likely have not yet had to pay bills and work without assistance from others. Budgeting helps young adults to practice self-control when necessary while also teaching them when and how to indulge.While spending and saving money appropriately is one of the main points of budgeting training, this type of training might also teach young adults how to seek out better paying employment, ask for a raise, or utilize money-saving tactics like coupons, promotional codes, and sales.
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