ACT Offers More Services and Supports with the New After School Youth Program

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The After School Youth Program (ASYP), a new program, is now underway at ACT. It was created to provide young people with more opportunities to develop socialization and adaptive skills they need to participate in their communities.

Finding the right after school programming for middle and high school-aged youth with developmental disabilities is challenging for many families. The After School Youth Program combines recreational and community-based activities with well-trained staff. Already, many families are finding it to be the solution they need.

“It started because there’s a need for consistent after school programming for the ages of the individuals that we serve,” says Tara Shade, Program Manager for In-Home Services. “Many after school programs stop after elementary school.”

ASYP is offered five days a week from 3:00 to 6:00 pm, when students have just finished their day at school. It’s a great opportunity to build on the social skills learned in the classroom.

So far, the students have been active volunteering at local non-profits, burning off energy at Going Bonkers, experimenting with Pinterest crafts, and touring a local fire station.

The students are beginning to feel a strong sense of connection with their peers. Parents are raving about improved outcomes and behavior at home.

Young individuals and adults can still access In-Home Services through ACT. This program adds another option for individuals to have a meaningful day. By focusing on the personal outcomes of each individual, we’re able to customize the services we offer in order to better fit their needs.

The program is new. But we intend to expand as much as the need for quality after school programming grows.

For more information, please contact Tara Shade at or 573-474-9446.

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