In addition to group Studio Sessions, we offer a variety of add-on services to support neurodiverse individuals in becoming their best-selves.
Individual skills coaching may include academic coaching, individual life & social skill coaching, dating & relationship coaching, job coaching, and funding support.
Barrier-Free's Creative Director, Britt Burr, offers 1-on-1 academic coaching for high school and college students.
Academic coaching is available to current Studio Members or new participants.
Weekly meetings in-person at The Studio or via Zoom to support student organization, communication with teachers/professors, management of workload, student advocacy-skills, outlining writing assignments, developing research skills, navigating rubrics and online learning platforms, calendar of assignments and due dates, and general student success.
Tutoring for all subjects with a neurodiversity-centered approach
Test-prep and test-taking skills
Assistance with registering for classes and remaining on-track for graduation
Assistance with finding & securing internship opportunities
Advocating for student accommodations at the college-level
Individual Living, Life Skills, & Social Skill Coaching
Studio members learn a variety of skills during group sessions at The Studio, but we recognize that some families may want to target specific skills with an individualized approach. Britt Burr & Lauren Burr, offer 1-on-1 life and social skills coaching for current Studio Members.
Coaching sessions may occur on-site at The Life Skills & Social Studio, at a participants home, or in the community based on a participant's specific goals. Coaching can be short-term to target one specific skill or long-term depending on a family's desired plan.
Skill coaching may include:
Communication skills - friendship building, professional communication, self-advocacy, phone calls, and more
Personal hygiene and establishing daily routines for success
Organization and implementation of systems that support success
Independent living set-up and success check-ins
Cooking, cleaning, and shopping for groceries/supplies
Money management, budgeting, and financial planning
Navigating society and transportation
Anxiety-triggers and strategies for success in society
At Barrier-Free we seek to teach and promote healthy dating skills within the neurodiverse community.
Building friendships and sharing special moments with a bestie is amazing...but what happens when we want something more? How do we go about doing this? How do we even know what we want? How do we go about this safely?
Dating and relationship coaching targets everything from the social nuances of dating and navigating relationships to sexual education, consent, and appropriate ways to communicate for current Studio Members or couples where at least one participant is a Studio member.
Coaching sessions occur on-site at The Life Skills & Social Studio based on a participant or couple's specific goals. Coaching can be short-term to target one specific skill or long-term depending on desired outcomes.
"Thanks so much for your assistance with Jared's interview skills and resume. Having the written feedback after each session provided a springboard for us to work on some things at home. Jared successfully interviewed at Carroll Lutheran Village and got the job!!! You were able to tailor the sessions to the type of interview Jared would have using his prior experience and references. Thank you also for taking Jared to a Sykesville business for more practice interviewing! The real world experience taught him to be a little more flexible during an interview!"
- Michelle, mother of Jared, a Studio participant
Driving while neurodiverse includes more than just obtaining a driver's license. Barrier-Free is here to support families as they prepare for their neurodiverse family member to begin driving.
Driving coaching is recommended at all stages of the driver's education process whether a participants has no experience, limited experience, or already has a license but desires additional support to be a successful driver.
This coaching is available only to participants currently attending The Life Skills & Social Studio.
Driving coaching may include:
Navigating a traffic stop
Communicating with police officers
Self-advocating for oneself during a traffic stop
Preparing for the learner's permit assessment
Rules of the road and sign recognition
Anxiety triggers and self-regulation when preparing to drive
Instruction and support for families teaching the driver-to-be
**Barrier-Free does not operate a Maryland certified driving education program. All driving coaching is supplemental to an individual's attendance of a certified program and completing all Maryland licensing requirements.
All Barrier-Free indivudal services are eligible to be written into an individual DDA Self-Direct plan, are eligible for the Autism Waiver and transition scholarships, or can be covered by private pay.
Barrier-Free's Executive Director, Lauren Burr, is available to support families in writing Barrier-Free services into individual Self-Direct plans.
This support is offered at NO COST to families and please indicate your interest in the Request a Quote form below.
Barrier-Free add-on services vary in price based on a family's desired plan, frequency, and location (home vs. onsite at The Studio).
Please fill out the form below or contact us at info@BarrierFreeMD.com regarding your preferred services and a member of our Barrier-Free Team will reach out to you within 48 hours.
Give us a call at 301-799-8669. We'd love to hear about how we can best support you or your neurodiverse family member. A Barrier-Free team member would be happy to walk you through everything we offer.
We are proud to be funded in part by a Community Arts Development Grant from the Carroll County Arts Council and the Maryland State Arts Council
We are proud to be funded in part by an Awesome Foundation grant from the Hey Westminster project
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