Activities range from classes on gardening, social skills, and computers to woodworking crew, drumming, book club, news crew, and gaming club. Our facility includes a Snoezelen Room, a multi-sensory room/technology theater, a computer-learning center, a creative room, a kitchen, a movement room, a social area, and a library. These spaces allow us to offer a large variety of activities throughout the day.
Through our Health and Wellness program, we aim to improve the quality of life for participants at Opportunity Networks. Offerings are varied and constantly changing so that we can expose individuals to new experiences that promote the development of social skills, following directions, and their general health and well-being. Our staff members and Health and Wellness coordinators work together to collect data on individual’s interests and achievements so that we can build challenging programs that result in a sense of achievement. We facilitate clubs for dance, Zumba, yoga, Wii Fitness, and basketball in our movement room. The weekly schedule also includes the Merrimack YMCA, the Nashua Sports Academy, a local dance studio, Leda Lanes, and during nicer weather we visit Mines Falls and other local parks.
We offer programming individually designed according to the social, behavioral, and communication needs for individuals with ASD. Individuals in our program will have access to The Snoezelen Room to explore and relax according to their sensory needs. Individuals will also have the opportunity to be a part of one of our Speech and Language social groups with Ian McGarty to address goals for Individual Service Plans.
Our goal is to identify interests and match those interests with a skill set that translates into the workforce.
Job coaches are available and transportation can be arranged in order to provide individuals with access to employment. Employment involves all aspects that Opportunity Networks strives for: social connection, participating in the community, being productive, making a contribution, and establishing autonomy.
Communication comes in many forms. At Opportunity Networks, we understand the various methods in which people communicate. Our Speech and Language social groups, facilitated by certified Speech Pathologist Ian McGarty, assist program participants in increasing their abilities to communicate to friends, families, and at the job site using a plethora of methods including high-tech communication devices.