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.

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, product options, stain removal, and fabric care.

Advocacy (Weeks 1-3)

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 when seeking employment, at interviews, and on the job. Clients learn how to access these resources and advocate for themselves effectively in the job market and in their home community.

Driverís Preparation (Weeks 1-3)

Clients are able to practice road sign recognition and general knowledge questions on a simulated knowledge test in order to be better prepared to take the actual test at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). For those already holding a learnerís permit, it is a review prior to a behind the wheel class. All students are seeking a referral for a driving evaluation through the Occupational Therapy Department for referral to a WWRC sponsored driving program.

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 clientsí ability to lead their own WWRC Progress Review Meetings.

Social Skills (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.

Time Management

The goal of this class is to increase the clients awareness of prioritizing what activities are important to their success here at WWRC versus those activities that are less important. Clients will create their own schedule for morning and evening routines and will be introduced to different ways to organize themselves. Clients will discuss concepts of time management, prioritizing, and time saving versus time wasting.

Leisure Education (Weeks 2-9)

The goals of these classes are to gain knowledge of leisure and factors surrounding leisure involvement; Improve perception of Freedom in Leisure (PFL) as indicated by scores on Leisure Diagnostic Battery; Decrease barriers to leisure participation; Identify activities available to the individual as means of catharsis; Plan a community activity with peers; Locate resources and opportunities for leisure involvement; and Develop a plan for leisure participation in 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, benefits of healthy lifestyles, they become more aware of the importance of physical health.

Money Management (Weeks 4-6)

Assess clientís basic money management skills to include coin and bill identification, a counting coins and bills, and writing money in both word and number form. Introduce clients to writing checks, making deposits, keeping a record of check/check card transactions and balancing their accounts so they can better manage their personal finances and bill payment. Assist clients to understand information on a pay stub, how to complete a W-4, the difference between a want and need, know what a budget is, and prepare a simple budget.

Chronic Disease Self-Management (Weeks 2-7)

Subjects covered include: 1) techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation, 2) appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance, 3) appropriate use of medications, 4) communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals, 5) nutrition, 6) decision making, and, 7) how to evaluate new treatments.

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.

Work Readiness/Career Development (Weeks 7-9)

The goal of this class is to set up and use a professional e-mail account, create an online transition portfolio, conduct online job searches and career exploration, prepare a job application, observe a prospective training area, and to prepare for and complete a mock interview.

CRC/Aztec Labe (Weeks 1-9)

This class is designed to review academic skills and to recognize client strengths and weaknesses in the areas of Reading for Information, Applied Math, and Locating Information. Students work daily on Aztec modules. The Aztec program is a tool by which to determine a studentís current level of understanding and application in a particular content area and to provide a method by which to improve skills, if needed. Activities are available for client[s] to work at individualized pace to review academic skills using the Aztec program, as well as to refresh skills and increase knowledge and application of skills, in preparation for Employment. Staff assists clients by providing academic support, as needed. Based upon work samples, clients are identified as credible candidate[s] to sit for WorkKeys testing, and provided with additional assessment and preparation to earn a Career Readiness Certificate.

Contact Information

Email Admissions (AdmissionsWLInfo@wwrc.virginia.gov)
Phone 800-345-9972, Ext. 5403327065 or 540-332-7065
TTY 800-811-7893