Meaningful and important work translates into improved self-esteem1. Leadership skills and personal independence assist young adults to transition from high school to the work force and college. Participants earn a record of job experience that includes leadership responsibilities, planning and decision making.
Square Peg Ranch Half Moon Bay is a 110 acre working horse ranch housing 15 rescued and donated horses. Square Peg Sonoma is an 11 acre farm housing 14 horses. Our adaptive lesson program operates six days per week and specializes in working with children and adults on the autism spectrum. The ranches are set up to minimize sensory triggers and to promote a healthy environment for the animals and for our clients, their families, volunteers and staff.
Our goal is to see significant improvement in social and job competence, and adaptive behaviors. With advanced job training, clients may be able to attain full time jobs in fields where they have keen interest.
Measures of Outcomes:
Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales: The Vineland-II is a 297-item semi-structured interview measuring one’s adaptive behavior and performance of daily activities for personal and social competency. The eleven sub-scales include receptive communication, expressive communication, written communication, personal daily living skills, domestic daily living skills, community daily living skills, interpersonal relationships, play and leisure time, coping skills, gross motor skills, and fine motor skills as well as an optional maladaptive. Due to overlap of some motor and social skills sub-scales, selected sub-scales will be used in the SRS, SPM and V-II. These sub-scales include: expressive communication, personal daily living skills, community daily living skills, interpersonal relationships, play and leisure time, coping skills, and the optional maladaptive behavior sub-scale. These sub-scales are validated to use as stand-alone measures.
Find out more information on the program on Square Peg’s website.
Video testimonials from parents of participants