Independent Living Skills Training (ILST)
Meeting Individual's Daily Living Skill's Needs
Hickok Center’s ILST program was first offered through
our centers in 2006 and follows the New York State Department of
Health’s Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) waiver model.
Hickok Center's Personal Fitness Program
Personal fitness is supervised by a Certified Post-Rehabilitation Specialist and Certified Personal Trainer in the Hickok Center’s gym. Confidential fitness assessments are done prior to any program set-up and goals and desired outcomes are discussed at the initial meeting. Based on desired outcomes (cardio or muscular endurance, improved mobility, flexibility, strength, improved eating habits, weight loss, or improved balance and coordination), activities are targeted using a combination of fitness equipment, such as spinning bikes, treadmill, free-weights, leg machines, step, trampolines, BOSU’S, PNF stretching, Pilates and yoga. Weigh-ins and body measurements, along with body fat percentages, are taken weekly to ensure that member goals are being achieved.
Pre-Vocational/Vocational activities are created to provide members with the basic skills necessary for successful employment. This is not a job placement service. Instead, this one to one service explores each member’s skills and interests and then enables them to “try on” related jobs via volunteer positions and/or community oriented activities. Websites, computer programs, emailing, word processing and employment exploration come together to build social skills useful in the workplace, along with valuable experience for building member resumes.
Academic Support Program
Hickok Center’s Academic Suppport Program was created to meet the cognitive demands of academic study within the context of the challenges that often accompany brain injury, such as time management in relation to classes, study skills, etc. Parallel texts, alternate presentation and/or modification of the delivery of the material are assessed and modified to meet the learning styles of each member.
Our computer center enables members to hone computers
skills that can be incorporated in other goal areas such as
pre-vocational/vocation, academic or fitness. The computer center is
also a place where members are able to use our computers to integrate
into today’s social world. Skills include email, navigating the
internet, basic word processing, and interactive educational exercises.