In the post-school years, life skills training is key for young adults with special needs

Special needs part 3

Publication: Lowcountry Parent (Special Needs Series Part 3)
Date: November 2015


Jennifer Tissot has spent years working with special needs children and adults, and her conversations with parents always come back to one question: What happens to my child when I pass away?


As the therapeutic recreation coordinator with the City of Charleston’s Recreation Department, Tissot develops programs for those with special needs, everything from athletics and gardening to theater and art. But a key program was missing — one that could prepare young adults to live at least somewhat independently and give parents some peace of mind.


“We needed a life skills program,” Tissot said. “(Those with special needs) have great skills and unique abilities. I wanted to provide a program that teaches them life skills they can take with them every day.”


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