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From hygiene skills to market math, residents receive a variety of life-skill-based training. With training in shopping, cooking, money management, healthy eating choices and much more, the goal the Life Options Program is to enable residents to reach the highest level of personal independence possible in their daily routines. Our academic classes often combine reading and math into one training session, which helps residents develop practical skills, enabling them to function more independently. The basic concept is to learn to apply reading and math skills to real world situations.  Strengthening reading skills helps residents better understand the written communications of everyday life, such as product labels.

Abilities Centered Training (ACT)

The Marbridge Training & Education program is based on the abilities-centered training philosophy called the Theory of Multiple Intelligences, developed by Howard Gardner, Ph.D., Professor of Education at Harvard University, and begins with the expectation that each individual is able, and our job is help determine existing abilities and encourage the next step in growth. We tailor our training to help residents define their strengths and increase their skills which, in return, helps build their confidence and encourages them to try new things. Unlike traditional education, we do not provide grades or graduation. Instead, we continue to support the individual through a variety of classes, social opportunities, connections and education. We offer approximately 50 training opportunities on a trimester basis and adjust our curriculum as needed. Some classes, such as cooking and public transportation, can be mastered at which point we encourage the individual to try something new. All residents are encouraged to take exercise classes, join a sports team and try something they have never tried before, such as ceramics, gardening or drum therapy.

A SAMPLE OF CLASSES IN THE LIFE OPTIONS PROGRAM (NOT A COMPLETE LIST)

LOGIC SMART
Computer/Email, Mind Games, Art Games, Public Transportation, Employment, Money Management, Cooking, Academic Skills Improvement

WORD SMART
Geography, Academic Skills Improvement, Email & Letter Writing, Bible Study, Reading

MUSIC SMART
Choir, Music Therapy, Drum Therapy, Band

BODY SMART
Cardio & Weights, Equine, Washers, Walking, Yoga, Elder Sports, Employment, Special Olympic Sports

NATURE SMART
Fishing, Animal Planet, Equine, Gardening, Horticulture, Archery

PEOPLE SMART
Email & Letter Writing, Bible Study, Employment, Skills for Life, Mentoring, Speaking at JAM, Playing on Sports Teams

CHART ABOVE DESCRIBES MULTIPLE INTELLENCIES THEORY, CREDITED TO HOWARD GARDNER, PHD, PROFESSOR OF EDUCATION AT HARVARD
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