Our Shire House Vision is a community with friendships, supports, and services that will be available for young adults with high functioning Autism long into their adult lives.
Our Shire House Mission is to create a community of and for young adults within the high functioning Autism spectrum where friendships and supports will be forged as our young adults begin their journey into self-management and independent living.
Our Shire House Philosophy is that with appropriate interventions, methods, techniques and supports, our clients will learn to better gauge and manage behaviors that will lead them to their level of self-management and independent living.
Transitional Residence Program
Our Shire House Transitional Residential Program teaches our clients to understand and manage their diagnosis and any other underlying issues so to reach their particular level of self-management.
We provide guidance and support our clients through any educational or employment path they might have chosen to undertake.
Our clients are expected to be working and or attending school within a reasonable timeframe the professionals working with the client deem as appropriate.
We run our residential program out of a large house with a co-ed college dorm setting which can accommodate six clients at a time.
Our residential program is supported by a Program Director, Social Mentors, and an Academic and Employment support Staff, a Physical Fitness Coach, any other professional deemed necessary, and a weekly Social Opportunity in which other young adults from within our Autism community participate.
We provide guidance and the supports needed as a client transitions out of Shire House to their particular independent living setting.
A Shire House Client…
…is someone who because of their high anxiety need supports transitioning out of their parents’ home, to living on their own, or navigating college or joining the workforce.
…is someone who needs a supported living and/or an academic supported environment as they attend college.
…is someone who might need a supported living environment as they learn to manage an emotional issue such as depression.
…is someone who might need instruction and guidance in self-regulating their behaviors and in understanding how one’s behavior affects their relationship with others, such as their parents, peers, employers and/or the opposite sex.
…is someone who might need instruction and guidance in how their emotional regulation skills or lack thereof can lead to more stress and anxiety.
…is someone who age-appropriately might have failed to launch or is failing to thrive.
Observations from a Field Study Experience
In February, 2018, a teacher working towards an Autism Certificate asked if she could observe Shire House activities as part of an assignment to get field experience. This paper chronicles her observations and learnings from the experience.
Shire House Program Observation, by Ivy May Lazaro, National University.