Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center
Fishersville, VA 22939

Life Skills Transition Program (LSTP)

Class Descriptions

Employment Skills (Weeks 1-9)

This class is a hands-on program designed to teach appropriate work behaviors needed to be successful in the workplace. It addresses such work behaviors as punctuality, work attitude, and initiative. Three employment areas are available to provide hands-on experience and work activities in business, food service or manual/woodworking skills. Each employment area provides classroom and work activities which reinforce employer expectations. Clients are assigned to this class depending upon their interests and the availability of slots in each employment area.

Daily Planning (Weeks 1-3)

The goal of this class is to assist clients in increasing their ability to follow a daily schedule, apply daily organizational skills, learn planning strategies and use problem solving skills. Discussions include topics such as how to plan ahead, develop strategies for being on time to class, use accommodations to assist with organizational skills, and identify action steps for problem solving.

Self Determination (Weeks 1-6)

The goal of this class is to assist clients in understanding the process by which they can set realistic goals and learn to be self-efficient. Demonstrations of different approaches to self advocacy and how to recognize the difference in assertive, aggressive and passive communication techniques are explored. Discussion and demonstration are provided on the importance of eye contact, body language, and verbal skills in personal interactions. Clients develop a one page biography and create a video presentation to assist them in their personal presentation and advocacy skills. This process culminates in the clients’ ability to lead their own WWRC Progress Review Meetings.

Self Esteem (Weeks 1-3)

The goal of this class is to assist clients to develop a more positive personal self image and assist them in becoming more self-confident and self-motivated. Activities focus on identifying ways to enhance positive image, increase positive self talk, and other means of overcoming personal insecurities.

Money Management 1 (Weeks 1-3)

The goal of this class is to assist clients in learning basic money management skills to include coin and bill identification, calculating totals and change, and counting coins and bills.

Hygiene (Weeks 1-3)

The goal of this class is to assist clients in learning how to present a clean, professional image in an employment environment. Individualized instruction is provided in managing personal care needs to include hygiene, grooming, appropriate dress, and overall appearance.

Laundry (Weeks 1-3)

The goal of this class is to assist clients in understanding aspects of clothing care to include laundering options, appropriate use of washing machines, stain removal, fabric care, ironing and basic sewing, and clothing repair.

Relationships (1 and 2) (Weeks 1-6)

The goal of these classes is to assist clients in recognizing aspects of healthy and unhealthy relationships. Class discussion enables clients to gain confidence in their own sexuality and increase their knowledge. In addition, conversations on boundaries and domestic violence increase awareness and personal responsibility, and help foster communication skills.

Social Skills (1 and 2) (Weeks 1-6)

The goal of these classes is to assist clients in increasing their basic social skills through dynamic group activities which foster team building. Activities encourage social interactions and build self-confidence while developing effective communication, decision-making, and conflict resolution skills.

Advocacy (Weeks 4-6)

The goal of this class is to assist clients in understanding the federal American with Disabilities Act and state disability rights and laws. Clients learn about their civil rights and resources available in housing, public transportation, education, health care, and employment. Clients learn how to access these resources and advocate for themselves effectively in the job market and in their home community.

Healthy Lifestyles (Weeks 4-6)

The goal of this class is to encourage clients to enhance their personal well-being. Through increased awareness of the fundamentals of health and nutrition, steps for disease prevention, routine medical examinations and basic treatment of minor injuries they become more aware of the importance of physical health. Discussions of drug and alcohol awareness, and facts regarding the use of over the counter medications add to the clients’ overall awareness of the advantages of having a healthy lifestyle.

Money Management 2 (Weeks 4-6)

The goal of this class is to assist clients in acquiring more advanced money management skills so they can better manage their personal finances and bill payment. Clients learn about managing checking and savings accounts. They learn to better understand credit and interest, the advantages of budgeting, bill payment and record keeping, and how to be a smart shopper.

Anger Management (By referral)

The goal of this class is to assist clients in better managing their anger through examining different emotions and identifying triggers which cause feelings of anger. Clients learn effective coping behaviors, measures to stop escalation of anger, and steps to resolve conflicts as strategies for appropriate anger management.

Cooking (Weeks 7-9)

The goal of this class is for clients to learn the fundamentals of meal planning and preparation, food/kitchen safety, menu planning, grocery shopping, and cost comparison. Clients receive hands-on instruction in the proper handling of food, kitchen utensils and appliances. Clients complete the process of planning and purchasing foods with the end result being the preparation of a nutritionally balanced meal which they share with their classmates.

Housing (Weeks 7-9)

The goal of this class is to assist clients in becoming familiar with the basics of acquiring adequate housing, simple home maintenance, and bill payment. Clients also become familiar with how to protect their civil rights when seeking living accommodations. They participate in experiential exercises to include completing housing applications, acquiring utility services, investigating moving options, acquiring furnishings, and role-playing an interview with potential landlords.

Learner’s Permit (Weeks 7-9)

Clients who have participated in a driving evaluation, and who have been determined to have driving potential, are able to practice road sign recognition and general knowledge questions in preparation to take the learner’s permit test at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Material is taught via simulated tests (both written and computer), interactive games, and general repetition of material. The end goal of the class is to obtain an improved score on a simulated knowledge test in order to be better prepared to take the actual test at DMV.

Contact Information

Email Life Skills Transition Program (LSTPInfo@wwrc.virginia.gov)
Phone 800-345-9972, Ext. 7322 or 540-332-7322
TTY 800-811-7893