Romantic relationships are a daily struggle for many of the clients that we work with. Navigating those relationships can cause frustration and anxiety as individuals process the emotions that they are feeling; and receive the messages that the other person is sending. Relationships and sexuality can be a confusing topic, and we have found that there is a need for continued education on the subject.
In October, an FSL parent recommended an event with Terri Couwenhoven, a Sex Educator that specializes in education for those with intellectual disabilities. Two of our staff members attended that workshop and were excited about the beneficial information that they received. They returned with a copy of her book, Teaching Children with Down Syndrome About Their Bodies, Boundaries, and Sexuality: A Guide for Parents and Professionals, and the enthusiasm to learn more.
Residential Director, Amanda Joy will be attending a three-day Developmental Disabilities and Sexuality workshop with Katherine McLaughlin in March. Katherine McLaughlin, M.Ed. is an expert on sexuality and developmental disabilities. At the workshop, Amanda will acquire the skills and resources to lead sexuality education classes and parent trainings.
After this workshop we plan to provide opportunities to share information on this valuable topic within our community. FSL will be announcing dates for sexuality classes in the near future. If you are interested in participating in a class, please use the form below to provide us with your email address. When we announce upcoming relationship and sexuality events, you will be the first to know!
In addition to the exciting news we announced last week about our new space downtown, we also announced a new social skills group that will begin the first week of February.
Amanda Joy will be instructing the classes, and is passionate about this new project. Amanda has a MA in Applied Behavior Analysis with an emphasis in Autism, and has spent over five years as a special education teacher. She is excited to empower the participants in a joyful learning environment.
Social skills are important for all individuals allowing them to flourish in all areas of their lives. Here is a sneak peek at the curriculum:
“Unstuck & On Target” is a curriculum focused to improve flexibility and social skills. Flexibility and Social Skills present many problems for people with autism and other disabilities. Through “Unstuck & On Target” individuals will learn:
Individuals will be encouraged to participate and also interact with others in the class. “Unstuck & On Target” also provides home extension activities for individuals to do with their families. This helps with generalization of what they learn into other settings. When time permits, individuals will also be crafting and working as a team to create projects!
Social Skills Group:
Group 1: February 6 ending April 17 (5 weeks/Break/5 weeks)
Group 2: February 8 ending April 19 (5 weeks/Break/5 weeks)
Cost: $300.00 plus a $40.00 materials fee
If you or someone you know is interested in participating in this program, please contact Amanda
MONTHLY MEET-UP- A monthly social hangout for adults with developmental disabilities to join friends for a night of fun! Staff will be provided to oversee the safety of the participants, but individuals should be able to engage in activities independently. Start Date: January 19
Cost: $15.00 includes materials for crafting, and snacks
Please contact Amanda by Tuesday, January 16 at Amanda@thefsl.org, to sign-up. Space is limited.
For our parents that drop off their young adult, there are a couple of spots near our space that you could go to including Iron Bird Brewing Company, Oscars, and many other downtown locations.
SOCIAL SKILLS GROUP- A weekly social skills class where individuals will be working on obtaining social skills and flexibility. This is a 10 week program! (5 weeks/Break/5 weeks)
Start Date: Group 1 February 6 ending April 17 or Group 2 Starting February 8 ending April 19
Class Size: 4-8 per group
Cost: $300.00 plus a $40.00 materials fee
** A list is beginning to build quickly, so please contact Amanda at Amanda@thefsl.org if interested.
“The Space” is located in downtown Colorado Springs at 121 E. Costilla Street. We are in the same block as Loyal Coffee, Iron Bird Brewing Company and Body Works- a massage studio. We’re looking forward to using this space to build community, teach new skills, possibly provide work opportunities for our clients and a multitude of other activities. Our location will make it easy for parents who drop off their individual to enjoy some entertainment of their own by utilizing the wonderful venues nearby.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Foundations for Successful Living has been providing Supported Employment services as a DVR vendor and through the SLS waiver since February 2016. The growth and success that we have witnessed in our clients allows us to further realize our goal of helping our clients to reach their highest potential.
We are pleased to welcome Kamilah Keyes-Brown to our Supported Employment team as the new Supported Employment Program Director. Kam has provided direct support to FSL clients over the past year, and is eager to expand the job opportunities for our clients in the community. She is excited to speak with anyone that is interested in supported employment services, and we are excited for you to get to know Kam!
“Hi everyone! My name is Kam Keyes-Brown but because I feel like I know you— you may call me “Kam”. A few things that you may want to add to your list of things about me is my passion for laughter. If you can make me tear up while laughing then we are now besties. I am originally from New York City, so you can be assured I have seen some interesting and funny things in my lifetime. Being from the Big Apple has allowed me in being exposed to so many different cultures, backgrounds and art forms. I love music! I know, I know…. What’s your favorite music Kam? I don’t have one because I just about love it all. You can catch me wiggling my leg to just about anything. My parents exposed me to all sorts of music.
My parents emigrated to the U.S from France and the Dominican Republic. Why thank you for asking, I do speak Spanish and French fluently. You should hear me at home speaking to my kids and teaching my granddaughter. When I’m not at work and caring about others, you can catch me using my down-time for reading, swimming, biking, and watching sports. So, you heard me say “down-time.” Yup, I am retired military and I can promise you, this will not be the last time you will hear military lingo creep into our conversations. Now that you have a few more things added to your Kam List, I want to ‘thank you’ for taking the time to visit me and it was nice to meet you all!”
To learn more about job placement and job coaching, please visit our Supported Employment page here. To learn more about our Pre Employment Transition Services, visit the PETS page here. You can also contact the Supported Employment department at 719-227-3939.