Supported Community Living
SCL is…Supported Activities
SCL staff support skill development by using activities your child enjoys. Staff will support your child’s self-directed learning and will encourage them to accomplish whatever they can on their own.
Exploring, living, and learning in your child’s community is an essential part of the SCL program.
Improved communication, motor skills, and social skills are only a few of the goals that can be addressed in the SCL experience. Specific goal-setting combines your child’s life skill needs and personal dreams to create opportunities for increased independent living.
Below are some ideas to help you identify opportunities well-suited for SCL:
- making a bed
- cooking a family meal
- cleaning his or her room
- learning laundry skills
- registering to vote
- obtaining and using a library card
- understanding his or her rights
- learning how to ride a bicycle
- developing a plan for volunteering
- participating in scouting or other youth/civic groups
- participating in a Parks and Recreation program
- learning skills to keep themselves and others safe
- requesting an activity of one's choice
- planning a night out with friends
- participating in after-school activities
- interacting with peers
- developing an effective communication system
- increasing vocabulary
- staying on topic
- carrying on a conversation
- ordering food at a restaurant
Frequently Asked Questions
Supported Community Living opportunities are available in the city of Des Moines, Ames, Iowa City and communities throughout Iowa. Contact us for more locations. SCL services take place in the child’s community or home. This is done to make sure new skills develop in places where they will likely be used again, and so your child will be confident and as independent as possible in their home environment. SCL is designed to help your child participate and enjoy activities they can do right in their own neighborhood and local community.
Once it has been determined your child is eligible for SCL and you are interested in pursuing this option through ChildServe, you can contact your case manager. Either you or your child’s case manager can contact ChildServe to begin the enrollment process. A meeting will be scheduled to complete an assessment, develop care plans, and goals for your child. We will discuss a potential schedule and preferences for staff.
Child specific training will be provided to all staff assigned to work with your child. Training will be provided by the individual’s family, the supervisor, and/or other staff who are familiar and have been trained on the individual’s plan of care.