The Life Skills Programme is designed for individuals of any age and ability who are able to work at various levels of independence on site at WindReach. The Life Skills Coordinator will work closely with the participant’s support staff (special education teachers, paras, aides, social workers, OTs etc) to ensure that individuals continue to achieve personal goals and develop their levels of independence as outlined in their Individual Education Plans (IEPs) or Care/Discharge Plans.

Under the supervision of our Life Skills Coordinator, individuals with special needs practice valuable skills needed for everyday life; the skills that we often take for granted. Research based evidence and the resources available on the WindReach property are used to engage our participants in meaningful and goal oriented activities. We work with a broad range of needs and abilities and develop goals based on their unique interests. Our primary aim is to engage our participants in WindReach’s vibrant community and assist them with functional life skills that will promote engagement in the larger community here on island. We have a range of activities and resources on the property such as our community gardens, animal zone kitchens and stables.

Participants in this programme may come to WindReach as a group or as an individual. We do require all participants to attend with their support worker(s)

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF PARTICIPATING 
IN THE LIFE SKILLS PROGRAMME?

School Age Outcomes:

  • Challenge touch, auditory, visual and smell defensiveness in a motivating environment without overloading
  • Improved concentration and time on task
  • Improved social and communication skills
  • Development of gross and fine motor skills

Young Adult Outcomes:

  • Improved time management and decision making
  • Improved emotional regulation, social skills and self-esteem
  • Work related skills

Adults and Seniors Outcomes:

  • Improved physical fitness
  • Increased meaningful engagement with peers
  • Improved gross and fine motor skills

SUMMER 2022 – Sensory Explorers

Sensory Explorers is for children with Autism and incorporates access to WindReach’s Boundless Playground and 2:1 timeslots of 15 minutes in our Sensory Room. Parents/Carers/Support Workers are required to attend and support the individual attending ‘Sensory Explorers’.

Our LifeSkills Coordinator will be delivering the sessions within the Sensory Room.

There are picnic benches and toilets available on the Boundless playground area.

The fee for Sensory Explorers is $25 per session with a maximum capacity of 12 individuals.

The Sensory Room at WindReach will be available to book 1:1 20 minute sessions during the month of July. Our Life Skills Coordinator will be delivering the sessions and requires the parent/carer/support worker to attend the session as well.

We are offering timeslots on Mondays and Thursdays at 1.30 -1.50, 2.00 – 2.20 and 2.30 – 3.00, for $25 per session.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Bermuda Autism Support and Education (B.A.S.E.) for their generous financial support for the continued development of our Sensory Room. We are very proud of the multi-sensory equipment, and experiences, that we are able to offer thanks to their outstanding support and encouragement.

Please contact Rebecca Lawrence, our Life Skills Coordinator, to learn more about these Summer programmes at rlawrence@windreach.bm

C.R.E.W. (CREATING REAL EXPERIENCES AT WINDREACH)

The CREW (Creating Real Experiences WindReach) programme is for adults with special needs and incorporates three different groups depending on the individuals focus and goals. We offer an ‘Enrichment’ group, ‘Life Skills’ group and ‘Work Experience’ group.

Our Enrichment group focuses on social engagement and exploring activities such as sensory art, boccia, baking, yoga and animal interaction.

Our Life Skills group focuses on social interaction and exploring activities linked to work skills, such as gardening, baking, partner work and art & crafts.

Our Work Experience group focuses on work skills and specific areas you may want to gain experience within such as animal care, gardening, support with resume writing and more.

C.R.E.W Outcomes

  • To develop social and communication skills
  • Explore and develop relationships with others
  • Explore and develop interest and skills development
  • Increase meaningful engagement with peers
  • Explore and develop knowledge and experience within animal interaction/care and gardening
  • Explore and develop work skills
  • Explore transition into employment

If you are interested in participating in our Life Skills Programme, please contact Rebecca Lawrence at rlawrence@windreach.bm or call 238 2469.