A word from our President and CEO, Wendy Gradison
Services for persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Asperger's Disorder or Pervasive Developmental Disorder
PRS, Inc. provides services and supports to individuals over the age of 18 with diagnoses of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Asperger's Disorder and Pervasive Developmental Disorder, including individuals who may have a co-occurring mental health diagnosis. We help individuals develop and improve social and communication skills, promote community integration, facilitate independent living and support education and employment goals.
Employment Services for Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders
PRS currently provides Employment Services to persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders seeking competitive employment. Services provided include community-based work adjustment training and assessments, job development, interview preparation and practice, and on-the-job coaching. These individuals also may receive skills training around basic independent living skills, including managing a budget and organizational skills for housing stability, all of which are essential to employment.
Community Support Services for Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders
PRS, Inc. Community Support Services offer supports and skill teaching for persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders in order to increase independence and improve quality of life. Community Support Specialists work with clients to practice and develop social and interpersonal skills, improve communication skills, identify opportunities for social interaction and increase community integration. Community Support Specialists can provide skill teaching and reinforcement to assist individuals with developing independent living skills in the areas of budgeting, household chores, grooming and hygiene, time management and organizational skills, among others. Community Support Specialists also provide assistance in addressing issues related to sensory integration, social anxiety and transitioning to work or post-secondary education.
Recovery Academy for Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders
PRS’ Recovery Academy is available to persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders at PRS Mt. Vernon and at PRS Tysons. Based on the structure of a community college, the Recovery Academy is designed to promote transition from PRS’ facility-based programming and into meaningful community alternatives such as work, volunteering and school. The course catalog includes over 50 class offerings, such as Anger Management, Anxiety Management, Basic Computer Skills, Coping Skills, Job Talk, Nutrition, Thinking Skills for Work, Money Management, Social Skills I & II and Stress Management. Suggested Study Tracks focus client efforts toward particular goals, such as Employment/Volunteering, Substance Abuse Recovery, Independent Living and Getting Healthy. Transition Services to assist clients in working toward goals of volunteering, community-based education or employment, and Dual-diagnosis Services can be accessed at the Recovery Academy.