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Please note, Module content and/or order of delivery date is subject to change based on curricular revisions to accommodate student profiles and continuity of learning trends.

The Routine Marines

The Routine Marines program is designed for young adults who have not been following a functional routine in their day-to-day lives – and want to start building their skills repertoire and increase their independence.

Using a slow progression from a mildly structured learning approach to a more structured classroom learning environment, students are eased into The Routine Marines – ensuring coming to class is enjoyable and educational at the same time.

A mixed modality of teaching is utilized to ensure maximum participation and interest; some of the modalities include presentation style lectures, role playing, interactive media, videos, as well as both group and independent activities. Within these modalities, students will learn about their emotions, develop tools to self-regulate emotions, and the importance of how health can affect emotions. Students will learn about healthy food choices and exercise, following schedules, the importance of proper sleep, completing routine tasks with less prompting [such as hygiene routines], and taking care of personal items. Individuals will also learn the difference between public and private events, health and safety around the house/community, and gain an understanding of the use of money.

The opportunity to work on increasing and developing skills during daily 1:1 sessions with Checkered Door Academy’s Behavioural Consultant begins in Module 4 of the curriculum. Areas in need of development can be discussed at intake and/or suggested after in-class assessment has occurred.

Program Schedule

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
(9:30am to 2:30pm)

20 weeks (Modules 1 & 2 Only)

Independent Mountaineers

The Independent Mountaineers Program is designed for young adults requiring structured learning activities which support gaining true independence with self care, healthy living practices and taking responsibility for maintaining a balanced lifestyle. These modules are built to provide foundational success in developing stronger skill sets for mastering everyday tasks with less prompting from family members and/or peer mentors. Through weekly practice challenges, planning exercises and the use of digital tools, participants in the course will gradually improve self awareness of the personal responsibilities required to climb the ‘Mountain of Independence’.

Program Schedule

Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday
(9:30 to 11:30 AM)

Agents for Change

A Transition to Adulthood Program designed to introduce participants to Social Thinking Concepts® and the related vocabulary used to teach social cognition and emotional regulation skills. This language-based curriculum explicitly teaches individuals how to use a systematic approach to understanding how the social world works and how to be more aware in social situations. Using practical language, role playing activities and self monitoring, participants learn the process of social communication and apply their knowledge during peer supported activities. Strategies and tools for Parents/Caregivers are provided and self-advocacy skills are also embedded in this lesson.

Program Schedule

Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday
(12:30 to 2:30 PM)

The GROW Program

The GROW (Getting Ready for Opportunities at Work) Program is a holistic pre-employment training workshop that builds on students’ strengths – helping them establish the skills they need to participate in the workforce. Utilizing a mixed modality of teaching that includes lecture-style presentation, class and group brainstorming and discussions, video modelling, group work, and role playing through different scenarios, students will be able to learn and apply information pertaining to appropriate work behaviors, teamwork, time management, communication skills, following direction, receiving feedback, asking for help, managing conflict, as well as practical living skills.

Students will be able to identify their skills and strengths for suitable job matching, develop self- advocacy skills to address barriers and discuss required support and accommodations for job success. Students will learn and practice interview techniques, develop a marketable resume and gain hands on experience by participating in an unpaid work placement at a local business/community partner.

Program Schedule

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
(9:30am to 2:30pm)

Social Navigators

For Teens

A teen program focused on understanding how to navigate the social world, taking personal responsibility for executing daily tasks and for self-managing emotions. In small group sessions, participants learn successful strategies that develop social-emotional awareness, social observation skills and executive functioning. Using Social Thinking™ and related curriculum, Program Facilitators teach participants how to use tools such as Social Behavior Mapping©, Zones of Regulation© and the ‘Get Ready, Do Done’ model, in order to engage with others socially and to increase independence. During interactive learning activities and follow up conversations, participants learn to visualize, organize, and build social competencies such as emotional maturity, heightened perspective taking and social problem solving.

Program Schedule

Every Wednesday evening (4:30 to 6:00 pm) or (6:30 to 8:00 pm)

4 weeks per module (5 modules)

Transition Pathfinders

Graduate Program

This course is designed for individuals needing support with approaching life changes as they transition into adulthood. During the process of completing each module, participants will be engaged in self exploration, assertiveness training and using executive functioning strategies to build a personalized vision project. Participants will work collaboratively to develop accountable action plans which support realistic goals for becoming contributing citizens at home and in the local community. Participants will become self advocates, problem solvers, and collective planners, designing a future that aligns with each individual’s unique strengths and challenges.


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Workshops & Summer Programs

Person-Directed Planning & Parent Workshops

Person-Directed Planning tells us about the person’s hopes and dreams, the supports necessary for success, and the actions required for the desired outcomes. The person directs and owns the plan. Such an approach highlights the importance of the person taking the lead on the plan, deciding what is most important to the person, and what the future could look like.

To sign up for our Person-Directed Planning & Parent Workshops, please email [email protected]