Experience Learning Project


Now accepting applications for both locations
Volunteer opportunities available

ELP is FEAT of WA’s service learning, social skills group for teens with high functioning autism (HFA) or Asperger’s Syndrome.

Tacoma WA – every other Tuesday & Thursday, 6:00 PM–8:00 PM
Kent WA – every other Monday & Wednesday, 6:00 PM-8:00 PM

Goals and Intervention Areas within ELP
Through peer modeling, ELP works with teens to improve social, self-management, problem solving and communication skills within a service learning environment. In this program, we work with teens to improve social thinking, social problem solving, and knowledge of the concept of service and service provision. See video below of ELP in action.

Because adolescents with HFA or Asperger’s often experience significant difficulty understanding and navigating social interactions, ELP uses the context of service learning to help our teens improve their skills through real time experiences, helping our participants improve their social competence.

Why Service Learning?
Service learning aims to build knowledge, character, and civic skills in young people by combining service to the community with learning in other key areas. By directly linking service to these other key areas, service-learning creates a place for service that is integrated into a program’s main goal: clinical intervention.

A good service learning program reinforces specific educational and clinical objectives – such as developing students’ social thinking skills, teaching them how to communicate more effectively, or improving students’ social problem solving skills – while also engaging students in meaningful and structured community service.

Service learning offers a unique opportunity for young people to get involved with their communities in a tangible way by integrating service projects with learning. Service learning engages students in the process, using what they learn in educational or clinical settings to solve real-life problems. Students become actively contributing citizens and community members through the service they perform.

We seek to help participating teens’ understand their place within the larger communities in which they live, as well as discover ways in which they may fully participate in those communities with a special emphasis on how they can give back to others. ELP teens have provided service at a diverse set of volunteer sites, including

ELP Teens will qualify for the opportunity to participate in the Teen Respite Option. Please note, that respite is offered at an additional price and is offered on a first come first served basis. Please click the following link for more information: TEEN RESPITE

Contact Katie for more information on ELP and  Teen Respite:
Program Manger: Katie McAndrew 425.409.6209     Katie.mcandrew@featwa.org