Our Friday socials are an opportunity for those within our high-functioning Autism community to have a place to socialize, make friends, and become part of a community of their peers.
Our socials are every Friday of the year, from 6-9 pm. Pizza and sodas are provided during the social. There is no need to RSVP and there are no fees. We encourage parents not to join the social.
The house is spacious enough to allow several different activities to be happening at the same time, including video games, board games, or just hanging out to chat or mingle.
The Role of a Shire House Social Mentor
Shire House is a residential program for young adults within the high-functioning Autism spectrum. Our clients are at Shire House as they transition from living with their parents or other program to living on their own. Being on their own could mean their own apartment or house, a college dorm, or shared housing.
Our goal is to reinforce or teach and practice skills that will lead the client to their own particular level of self-management. Self-management of their behaviors, emotions, social skills and their school or work responsibilities. Other responsibilities that come along with adulthood such as driving are introduced, taught, and practiced.
Our Social Mentors are a large component of the team leading our clients through this transition.
Our Social Mentors should feel comfortable and knowledgeable about creating opportunities to engage the clients to move out of their comfort zone and expand their social interactions.
Our Social Mentors should have the ability to redirect/navigate the client away from a negative behavior or interaction in a kind and productive manner. Some of the behaviors we encounter with our clients are anger management, oppositional defiance, anxiety, and depression.
Our Social Mentor should feel comfortable reviewing and/or reminding clients to follow the house rules and or chores responsibilities in a private, kind productive manner and tone of voice
Our Social Mentors should feel comfortable interacting with our clients throughout their shift, whether it is teaching them to drive, watching a movie or playing a video game with them, or reviewing and coaching them about their school and work responsibilities.
During a Social Mentors work shift, they may also be asked to perform other small tasks such as — but not limited to — light housekeeping chores, computer tasks, errands, or transporting the clients to appointments.
Each client is on a different track and pace towards their particular goals, so it is important to check in with the client regularly as to how you may assist them through this process.