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Programs for individuals with Autism and IDD

NOVA believes that healthy and safe relationships are central to a full life. Some young people need help in forming and maintaining healthy and appropriate relationships. NOVA created programs specifically for children, teens and young adults who may need extra support in this area.

Safety Matters

Ages 7-12

This multisession program is for children (ages 7-12) with mild to moderate Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and others who have an Intellectual and/or other Developmental Condition. NOVA’s practice-informed program teaches body boundaries, safe and unsafe touching, and how to seek help if needed. Small group instruction includes activities, social stories, and videos.

For additional information, please contact Mary Worthington – mary@novabucks.org or 215-343-6543 ext. 6701.

SHARE (Smart Healthy Appropriate Relationship Education)

Ages 13-21

This multisession program is for young people (ages 13-21) with mild to moderate Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), as well as others who have an Intellectual and/or other Developmental Condition. SHARE’s topic sequence, presented in a supportive learning environment, engages participants and provides a platform for group activities that spark conversations about self-advocacy, risk reduction, positive social connections, protective behaviors, and healthy relationships.

For additional information, please contact Mary Worthington – mary@novabucks.org or 215-343-6543 ext. 6701.

Personal Empowerment Program (PEP)

Adult 21+ years old

The PEP program is a multi-session curriculum designed to teach an individual with Intellectual Disabilities the skills they need to stay safe with potentially dangerous situations and familiarize them with their rights. Each program is tailored to best fit the specific needs of the client.

For additional information, please contact Eleanor Wilhelm – eleanor@novabucks.org or 215-343-6543 ext. 6704.