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Virtual Programs

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Want to brush up on your job search skills, learn about and create art based on the works of artists like Andy Warhol, or make music with members of the renowned Notes from the Heart faculty?  Newly developed for the fall semester, The Woodlands Virtual Programs will focus on life skills, art, music and more.  Instruction will begin the week of October 5, 2020 and conclude on December 18, 2020.   See each course description for specific days and times.

PROGRAMS

Description

An extension of The Woodlands Notes from the Heart Music Program, Music Makers will provide virtual instruction that will focus on music composition, song writing, rhythm, and the relationship between music and emotion.

Instructor

The program will be led by Kori Antonacci, M.S. Ed, LPC, MT-BC, NICU-MT.  Kory is the coordinator of the Creative and Expressive Arts Therapy Program at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and has been involved as a faculty member of The Woodlands Notes from the Heart Music Program for eight years and has led The Woodlands’ Music Ensemble for four years.

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Schedule

Every Monday 7pm-8pm

Fee: $150

Description

Digitability is an award-wining, curriculum-based work ready program designed for adolescents and adults with cognitive disabilities.  The program was designed for today’s highly social, tech-driven workplace and is the only scalable, STEM-focused model that continues to be recognized as an innovative solution to the unemployment crisis facing those with disabilities.   Curriculum topics include: Digital Literacy; Social Skills; Expressive/Receptive Communication; Behavior (self-regulation, self-advocacy, etc.); Workplace Readiness Training; Functional Academics (Reading, Writing, Financial Literacy); and developing a digital portfolio (resume, digital projects, interviewing and presentation skills).

Instructors

Woodlands’ program staff will facilitate the curriculum along with the coaches provided by Digitability.

Schedule October, 2020-May 2021

Group 1- Monday & Wednesday 10am-11am

Group 2- Monday & Wednesday 1pm-2pm

Group 3- Tuesday & Thursday 1pm-2pm

Group 4- Tuesday & Thursday 5pm-6pm

Fee: $600

Description

This Program will allow participants to use their creative minds to create big and small art projects using a variety of mediums.  The Woodlands will collaborate with local artists and museums to take participants on virtual tours, learn about different artistic techniques, and then replicate through hands on projects.  Designed for participants of all abilities, the program will provide a learning environment that will teach the principles of art using problem solving skills to organize, analyze and interpret visual information.

Instructor

Nicole (Cole) Hicks, is a senior at Seton Hill University majoring in Art Therapy with a minor in 2D Studio Design.  Post-graduation, Cole plans to pursue a Masters in either Social Work or Art Therapy.  Cole is excited to develop a sense of community through virtual programming and promises lots of hands on work to keep participants interested and eager.

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Schedule

Every Monday, Wednesday, & Friday 3pm-5pm

Fee: $150

Description

This virtual weekly program will offer parents and caregivers of individuals with disabilities or chronic illness the opportunity to share information.  There will be weekly topics as well as a monthly speaker.  The program will be led by The Woodlands Staffing & Volunteer Coordinator, Clarissa Amond.

Schedule

Every Wednesday 6pm-7pm

Fee:  Free

Description

This program will focus on transitional life skills with topics that support skills development in areas such as money management, communication, understanding and using technology, time management and organization.  This program complements the Digitability program in that it focuses on gaining success within your home and community as a means to gain independence.

Instructor

Clarissa AmondClarissa Amond is The Woodlands Staffing & Volunteer Coordinator.  As a parent of a child with disability, Clarissa well understands the areas of opportunity that would be beneficial for  young adults as they transition to self-advocacy and independent living.

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Schedule

Every Friday 10am-11am

Fee: $50

Description

Self-care and staying healthy are the focus of this program.  Activities and lessons will center on how the human body works, wellness routines, exercise, and eating well.

Instructors

Katarina (Kat) Trask is a senior at Chatham University majoring in Human Biology, with a minor in Psychology.  Kat is also pursuing a certificate in Women’s Leadership.  Upon graduation in December of this year, Kat plans to attend Physician Assistant school.

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Brittani Smith is a senior at Chatham University, majoring in Human Biology.  After graduation, Brittani plans to apply to Chatham’s Master in Science in Nursing (MSN) Program.   A lifelong basketball player, Brittani plays for Chatham and is looking forward to sharing her life lessons as they relate to staying fit and healthy.

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Erica Sickel is a pre-med student at Chatham University. Erica will be focusing on ways to keep participants in tune with their mental and physical health in a fun and relaxing way.

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Schedule

Tuesday 3pm-4pm

Fee

$50

Description

Learn calming techniques, how deep breathing can help manage stress, and how a positive attitude can help navigate life’s challenges.  Participants will socialize virtually with their peers while learning healthy mindfulness and coping strategies.

Instructor

Cameron Moeller is a psychology major at Chatham University. After graduation Cameron plans on pursuing his graduate studies in forensic psychology with a specialization in victimology.  He is excited to engage campers in lessons and activities that help the mind and spirit.

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Schedule

Every Friday 1pm-2pm

Fee: $50

HOW TO APPLY

We’re excited to let you know about some changes to streamline the registration for The Woodlands’ programs! The registration process will be faster, more convenient, and secure with less paperwork. Also, it’s environmentally friendly!

It’s easy! And we’re here to help! Click on the registration link, https://woodlands.campbrainregistration.com/, to be guided through a step by step process.

All participants new or returning are required to complete an online application prior to requesting programs within the current season.

You will be contacted to schedule an intake assessment.

First-time Woodlands participants: It is required that all new participants complete an intake assessment via Zoom prior to participating in The Woodlands’ programs so that we can ensure this is the appropriate setting. You will be contacted by our offices to schedule your intake assessment once you have submitted your online application.

REGISTER

HOW YOU CAN PAY FOR WOODLANDS PROGRAMS

There are several ways to pay for enrollment in Woodlands programs. The Woodlands understands the costs involved in living with disability or chronic illness and will never deny participation for lack of ability to pay program fees. Here are some options for payment and financial assistance:

Participants paying directly and privately will be invoiced following the enrollment process. Payment may be made to The Woodlands by check or any major credit card.

There are many options for payment assistance. The Woodlands highly recommends the Allegheny Family Resource Guide for a listing of alternate funding sources which can be found HERE.

The Woodlands actively fundraises throughout the year to support scholarships including the WonderFund. The WonderFund enables individuals with financial need to participate in Woodlands activities and ensures that no family will be turned away from programming due to inability to pay. The Woodlands encourages participants not utilizing waiver funding to apply for third party assistance prior to applying for a WonderFund scholarship.

Completion of this application does not imply or guarantee a WonderFund award. Awards are made first on the basis of funds available, and second on the basis of verified need. WonderFund awards will be distributed according to each particular need/scenario. Applications submitted will be reviewed and processed on a rolling basis throughout the year. An application for assistance from The WonderFund may be requested at time of enrollment.

Click HERE to apply for a WonderFund award.

2021 Calendar Coming Soon