Transitions for Teens (TFT), a long-standing offering of FEAT that incorporates the principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA), helps teens with autism improve their social competencies by providing behavior analytic services in community settings. TFT teens learn how to navigate successfully in social settings while developing the critical skills of self-advocacy and self-management.
Goals and Intervention Areas
TFT is a client-driven program. Every enrolled teen receives guidance to improve specified skills, based on an individualized plan, from trained staff members. To master both independent-living and job-related skills, teens receive intervention therapy and coaching that focus on these key areas:
- Navigation skills
- Communication skills
- Self-advocacy skills
- Production skills
- Safety skills
- Social skills
- Leisure skills
- Hygiene skills
- Self-management skills
Community as a Classroom
Following detailed classroom instruction, teens practice the social and related skills specified in their individual plans in natural community settings. With their coaches, they visit a variety of settings every week:
- Malls and shopping centers
- Parks & Recreational Sites
- Public transportation
- Community Centers
- Teen Centers
- Public Libraries
- Pre-arranged Internship sites*
Community Partnership/ Internship Program
*This fall TFT is expanding its offerings with the introduction of the Community Partnership/Internship Placement Program. In partnership with local businesses, TFT is providing limited-hour, on-site internships to acquaint TFT teens with employment options and job-related skills, so they’ll be equipped to make their own vocational choices in the future. CPIP FAQ’s.
Application Process and Tuition
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. TFT will soon begin scheduling intake interviews for the fall 2012. Admission is based on readiness and appropriateness of setting and group size to meet individual needs. For Teens not ready for TFT programming,
FEAT is able to offer individualized interventions with the goal of preparing teens for community life in the least restrictive environments.
FEAT subsidizes TFT programming for families, private pay tuition is $1,950 per month. FEAT/TFT programming qualifies for funding from the Washington State Division of Developmental Disabilities and tuition reimbursements from public school districts for qualified children. Additionally, some insurance companies have benefits for applied behavior analysis; FEAT is an approved program through Microsoft’s ABA/Autism benefit.
Program Schedule and Calendar (Download PDF of calendar)
Following daily attendance at their home middle or high school, teens attend TFT each week, Monday – Thursday, 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM, for ten months, September through June.
TFT Program Location
14434 NE 8th,
Bellevue WA, 98007
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Monthly Rate: $1,950
FEAT of Washington accepts funding from individual families as well as Washington’s Division of Developmental Disabilities and school funding. FEAT subsidizes the monthly tuition for families paying privately. TFT is an approved program through Microsoft’s ABA/Autism benefit.
To learn more about the new Community Partnership/Internship Placement Program, check out our CP/IP FAQ’s