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A Testimonial from Dr. Fred Volkmar, Yale University

Dr. Fred Volkmar
I’ve been involved in the ASAT program since its inception and with Chapel Haven Schleifer Center more broadly years before that and now serve on the Board of Directors.  Chapel Haven offers one of the best, community focused programs in the country that help students with Autism/Asperger’s transition to adulthood in a supportive setting. It has been my great pleasure to be involved with this program and recommend it heartily.
Fred Volkmar MD

Professor - Yale University & Southern Connecticut State University, helped CHSC create the ASAT program in 2006

A Testimonial from Dr. Barbara Cook, Ed.D., CCC-SLP

Dr. Fred Volkmar

“Self-determination and the ability to engage in social communication are critical to success in all aspects of life and is why we created a curriculum that emphasizes these areas. The ASAT program provides a multitude of experiences, paired with varying degrees of support, to enhance both the self-determination and social communication for each of their community members; all while attending to the individual needs of each member. I have been fortunate to meet and interact with many of the ASAT community members during their participation in SCSU activities and can attest to their growth in self-determination and social communication during their time in the ASAT program.”

Dr. Barbara Cook, Ed.D., CCC-SLP, helped to create the ASAT Program at CHSC

Associate Professor Department of Communication Disorders, Southern CT State University, helped to create the ASAT Program at CHSC

ASAT 2022-2023 Calendar

Chapel Haven’s Asperger Syndrome Adult Transition Program (ASAT)

The ASAT program is designed for young adults 18 years of age and older with a diagnosis including:

Asperger Syndrome
Social Communication Disorders
Executive Functioning and Nonverbal Learning Challenges
Mild Autism

Chapel Haven’s ASAT program

The ASAT program is designed for young adults 18 years of age and older with a diagnosis including:

Asperger Syndrome
Social Communication Disorders
Executive Functioning and Nonverbal Learning Challenges
Mild Autism

Chapel Haven currently offers the ASAT (Asperger Syndrome Adult Transition) program, a program that is highly successful in helping a growing cadre of adults gain productive, self-empowered lives.  In the last year, Chapel Haven has redesigned the program to offer more price points and choices for families looking for the right next step for their loved ones. We offer an “a la carte” style menu of programs, from supported living program, transitional housing with individualized supports, day and weekend services, social communication therapy, to targeted help with college and independent living.

Typical challenges addressed by our experience-rich curriculum:

Executive functioning and
organization
Time management & follow
through
Self-advocacy and self-awareness
Understanding the perspective of others and hidden social rules
Personal safety
Navigating college
Anxiety and managing
transitions
Managing the online world
Navigating the working world (finding and keeping the right job)
Shifting communication style based on context
Understanding nuance, humor, sarcasm idioms, or words with multiple meanings

Chapel Haven currently offers the ASAT (Asperger Syndrome Adult Transition) program, a program that is highly successful in helping a growing cadre of adults gain productive, self-empowered lives.  In the last year, Chapel Haven has redesigned the program to offer more price points and choices for families looking for the right next step for their loved ones. We offer an “a la carte” style menu of programs, from transitional housing with individualized supports, day and weekend services, social communication therapy, to targeted help with college and independent living.

Typical challenges addressed by our experience-rich curriculum:

Executive functioning and organization

Time management & follow through

Self-advocacy and self-awareness

Understanding the perspective of others and hidden social rules.

 

Personal safety

Navigating college

Anxiety and managing
transitions

Managing the online world

Navigating the working world (finding and keeping the right job)

Shifting communication style based on context

Understanding nuance, humor, sarcasm idioms, or words with multiple meanings

What can you hope to gain by
taking part in the ASAT program?

By the time you graduate from the ASAT program, we expect that you will…

…be able to be successful in living independently

…be college bound or have successfully
completed college

…be productively career-bound

…be able to secure and maintain meaningful
employment

…have increased self-awareness and self-esteem

…have gained social confidence, competence and
a community of friends.

What can you hope to gain by
taking part in the ASAT program?

By the time you graduate from the ASAT program, we expect that you will…

…be able to be successful in living independently

…be college bound or have successfully
completed college

…be productively career-bound

…be able to secure and maintain meaningful
employment

…have increased self-awareness and self-esteem

…have gained social confidence, competence and
a community of friends.

How is ASAT different?

You know the saying: “If you’ve met one person with Aspergers, you’ve met one person with Aspergers.” Understanding this, our program is customizable, not “one size fits all.”

Young adults with Asperger Syndrome and high functioning autism have differing strengths and skills and we would never assume that we know you better than you know yourself. To meet your individual needs more effectively, we have developed a flexible a-la-carte selection of workshops that focus on overcoming specific challenges. This allows you to build the program that best suits you.

ASAT program modules are taught in classrooms but practiced in real world group settings. This unique combination means that lessons learned are fully integrated into your life.

Social communication is the umbrella focus of all that we teach and takes place in all settings by experienced speech-language pathologists.

You can also choose additional one-on-one coaching and supports that assist with key moments of transition to adult independence and help you to navigate some of the tougher moments of home, work or college life.

ASAT is one of the only programs in the country to focus on transitioning adults into independence, regardless of the age at which they come to us.

We have 50 years of experience at the forefront of teaching and supporting adults with social and/or learning challenges and our programs have been designed by international experts in the field.

The world renowned Yale Child Study Center assists with ongoing program evaluation and data collection to help us to constantly refine and measure our approach.

How is ASAT different?

You know the saying: “If you’ve met one person with Aspergers, you’ve met one person with Aspergers.” Understanding this, our program is customizable, not “one size fits all.”

Young adults with Asperger Syndrome and high functioning autism have differing strengths and skills and we would never assume that we know you better than you know yourself. To meet your individual needs more effectively, we have developed a flexible a-la-carte selection of workshops that focus on overcoming specific challenges. This allows you to build the program that best suits you.

ASAT program modules are taught in classrooms but practiced in real world group settings. This unique combination means that lessons learned are fully integrated into your life.

Social communication is the umbrella focus of all that we teach and takes place in all settings by experienced speech-language pathologists.

You can also choose additional one-on-one coaching and supports that assist with key moments of transition to adult independence and help you to navigate some of the tougher moments of home, work or college life.

ASAT is one of the only programs in the country to focus on transitioning adults into independence, regardless of the age at which they come to us.

We have 50 years of experience at the forefront of teaching and supporting adults with social and/or learning challenges and our programs have been designed by international experts in the field.

The world renowned Yale Child Study Center assists with ongoing program evaluation and data collection to help us to constantly refine and measure our approach.

To enrich the lives and the experience of our
ASAT clients, Chapel Haven offers a wide
selection of extra-curricular activities

Additional Services:

Recreation
Social Communication Therapy
Workshops each quarter on relevant topics
Employment services
Individualized non-residential supports, including case management, apartment maintenance, budgeting transportation.
College supports
Individual coaching
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
ASAT Day (State Department of Education Approved)
Transition Program for IEP students

To enrich the lives and the experience of our ASAT clients, Chapel Haven offers a wide selection of extra-curricular activities

Additional Services:

Recreation
Social Communication Therapy
Workshops each quarter on relevant topics
Employment services
Individualized non-residential supports,
including case management, apartment maintenance, budgeting transportation.
College supports
Individual coaching
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
ASAT Day (State Department of Education Approved)
Transition Program for IEP students

Contact Info:
Christy Chandler
(203) 397-1714, ext 185