Stepping Stones is a program for individuals 21 years and older with significant cognitive communication and behavioral disabilities. Funded by DDD and operated by Bergen County Special Services, this program’s foundation is small group instruction and strong behavioral supports. The program focuses on vocational training, independent living skills, developing and maintaining adaptive behavior and increased coping skills. Skill acquisition is achieved through small incremental steps and consistent reinforcement. The day is structured with clear expectations and routine; however, staff members provide opportunities for clients to understand and manage change.
Clients are involved with prevocational training, work tasks, meal preparation activities, household skills and safety skills throughout the week. Clients also enjoy various activities in the community.
The program has one Workshop Manager, Kelly Creagh, two Workshop Assistants; Kevin Goodleaf and Junius “Jeff” Carter and seven program participants.