Real World Connections is a unique program for adolescents who need extra help in figuring out the social world and unspoken rules that come with being a teenager. Members meet in small groups with like-minded individuals who are ‘similarly different’ like them. This leads to opportunities for not only learning from positive adult role models, but rich peer-to-peer learning and a whole lot of fun!
The unique evidence-based curriculum was developed and created by the iCan House specifically for the neurodiverse population and targets nine core concepts:
- Understanding Relationships
- Real World Life Skills
- Perspective Taking
- Emotional Understanding & Empathy
- Communication Skills
- Social Recreation
- Executive Functioning Skills
- Forming & Maintaining a Positive Outlook
Each week the Real World Connections groups meet with a trained iCan House facilitator to talk about issues that are happening in their own lives, in addition to working proactively to learn new strategies for challenging real life scenarios.
In addition to the GUYS and GALS weekly meetings, members can attend co-ed social activities for fun while practicing the skills they’re learning in group.
Weekly meetings are offered both virtually and in-person, during which facilitators incorporate input in a hybrid format. For all in-person gatherings, physical distancing and masks are required excpt while eating.