Independent Living Skills Curriculum

All residents fourteen years of age or older at Children's Home of Kingston participate in an independent living skills curriculum that addresses a youth’s strengths and weaknesses in areas required for them to live on their own.

The curriculum includes lesson plans that seek to prepare and/or transition youth to independent living. The Casey Life Skills Program is used to measure areas the youth may need assistance with to move towards independence and determine their skills and strengths.

Program topics include:

  • Daily living Skills
  • Self-Care Skills
  • Work and Study Skills
  • Social Development
  • Relationship Skills
  • Housing and Money Management
  • Communication
  • Home Life
  • Work Life and Career Planning

There are various types of learning which include Informal, Formal, Supervised practice and Self- Sufficiency. Informal learning allows the youth to learn by observation. Formal learning occurs by staff provide organized instruction. Supervised practice provides youth with an opportunity to practice learned skills on their own, yet supervision is provided. Self-Sufficiency occurs when the youth are viewed as adults and have the ability to utilize the skills without supervision.

Independent living skills activities are recorded in every youth’s case record and are evaluated at consistent intervals. The youth’s treatment team is responsible for ensuring that each youth over the age of 14 makes a good start on gaining independent living skills while they are residents at CHK. Youth whose permanency planning goal has been formally identified as “Independent Living” complete activities that may utilize outside resources for additional support (e.g., VESID, BOCES, etc.).