Project Description

Young Adult Program

Young adulthood is an exceptionally challenging time of life especially for those who have sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI).  Rainbow Rehabilitation Centers’ Young Adult Program is specially designed to assist these individuals in gaining meaningful employment, developing the skills necessary to initiate and maintain long-term relationships and solidify their identity.  Fundamental components of the program are educational support, learning work skills and job coaching assistance.

Both the Pediatric and Young Adult programs are led by a Ph.D.-level pediatric psychologist and are located in an excellent school district near abundant community resources.

Therapeutic Services

A different group therapy is provided at the end of each work day by one of Rainbow’s licensed and experienced therapists.  These include: fitness, communications, mental health and team building.  In addition, one day of the week includes a therapeutic community-based outing in which social skills, leisure skills and instrumental activities of daily living are addressed.

A full complement of individual therapies are available and provided at Rainbow’s Oakland Treatment Center, located near the workshop.  The treatment center features a well-equipped fitness center, gymnasium, therapeutic pool, therapeutic kitchen, library and computers.

Participation in the Program

Participation in the Young Adult Program is available to those in Rainbow’s Residential Program and on an outpatient basis.  Those individuals who have attained a high school diploma or equivalent, are working on their GED, or have completed their post-secondary education are also eligible for the program.  Young adults who have not completed their formal education are accepted and evaluated for GED services.

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Comprehensive Vocational Program

Vocational rehabilitation for young adults typically requires increased guidance. The services take a habilitation approach, and the program is a gateway into competitive employment. Initially, attention is given to the basic skills of:

  • Using a time clock
  • Attendance
  • Taking appropriate breaks and break lengths
  • Accepting feedback
  • Quality/productivity at the job

The Young Adult Program also assists with college enrollment. By working with Rainbow's vocational specialists, the young adults are provided with opportunities to achieve both educational and vocational goals.

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