Our Shire House Mission is to create a community of and for young adults within the high-functioning Autism spectrum. A community where friendships and supports will be forged as our young adults begin their journey into independent living. A community with friendships and support that will continue to be available for our young adults, long into their adult lives.
Our Shire House Philosophy is that in identifying and helping clients become aware of how one’s behaviors affect themselves, and others, the client will want to adopt new behaviors. We believe that with appropriate interventions, methods, techniques and supports, the clients will learn to better gauge and manage behaviors that will lead them to their appropriate level of self-management.
Our Shire House Transitional Residence is the bridge between where the young adult is and where they would like to be. Our residential program provides emotional and behavioral interventions that teach the young adult the skills necessary for independent living. Our clients live together in a 24-hour supervised coed house with a collection of supportive services while attending college or working. The typical Shire House resident stays with us between 6 months and 2 years or until he or she is ready to move to a more independent living situation. There is no hard limit on how long a Shire House resident stays with us as long as the living situation remains appropriate and the resident continues to benefit from it, up until the age of 28.
Social Mentors support our Shire House clients throughout the day, an Academic Support Staff several times a week, a weekly session with a Physical Fitness Coach, and a weekly Social Opportunity are also part of our program.
Shire House is a residential program, for which the client must agree to participant in along with either attending a school of choice and or being employed.
A Shire House Client 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.
- might need instruction and guidance in regulating his or her computer and video game time.
- might need instruction and guidance in how their emotional regulation skills or lack thereof can lead to more stress and anxiety.
- might have failed to launch or is failing to thrive.
- is anxious or apprehensive regarding needing to move out of their parents’ home.
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.