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Millennials Lack Soft Skills; Gretchen Petersen, Chief Operating Officer

04 Dec 2018 9:39 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Trying to get the best deal Black Friday shopping, I was in a store, contemplating which gift to buy, when I overheard 2 teenage employees talking to each other. They were swearing and talking about inappropriate things while clearly not doing their work. I couldn’t help but think about “kids these days” and how so many of them lack the more social/work behavior skills needed to keep a job. On average, we will spend over 40 years of our lives working. It’s hard enough to find a job that we like, but it’s more important to be able to keep it. According to LinkedIn, the key to success in the workplace is having the ability to communicate, problem-solve, collaborate and organize, otherwise known as soft skills.

Learning Prep School helps students develop these skills through a continuum of positive work behavior skills as follows:

  • OT (maximum supported environment within the school setting)
  • Self-regulation
  • Fine motor skills
  • Task focus
  • Visual Perception
  • Sensorimotor

to:

  • Work Center/OT (maximum supported work environment within the school setting)
  • Problem-solve with resources
  • Sequence multi-step tasks
  • Visual support
  • Collaboration with peers
  • Task Initiation
  • Organizational skills

to:

Exploratories/Electives (moderate & minimal supported work/learning environment within the school setting) such as PE, Performing Arts, Food Service, Child Care, Horticulture, Visual Arts, Computers. Skills include:

Leadership, team building, cooperation, flexible thinking, self-confidence, active listening, verbal/non-verbal communication, emotional regulation, problem solving, time management, task completion, role modeling, appropriate attire, initiation, self-advocacy, sequencing, perspective taking, observations, fine motor skills, independence, self-control, visual perception, fine motor skills, making choices, task focus, spatial reasoning, responsibility, organization, planning, respect, working cooperatively, critical thinking,

to finally:

Senior Year Program (moderate, minimal & independent work environment outside of the school setting). Skills include:

  • Time management
  • Problem solving
  • Initiating tasks
  • Self-advocacy
  • Build confidence
  • Independence
  • Social skills
  • Constructive criticism
  • Work ethic
  • Self determination
  • Diverse Learning Environment

As you can see, the focus of all exploratories, electives, and job sites is more on the development of these highly sought after soft skills needed in any environment or employment opportunity and less on mastering the specific job at hand. Because of this focus, our students are better positioned to gain and maintain employment.

Learning Prep School provides an individualized language-based program to students with complex learning profiles, including dyslexia, expressive/receptive language issues, autism spectrum disorder, and social communication disorder.

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