EEI, located at 307 Northwest Ninth Avenue in Little Falls, 405 Northwest Ninth Avenue in Little Falls (Bridge Program), and 119 East Broadway in Little Falls (Gap Program), offers programming that benefits both consumers served and the surrounding community.
Life skills training including communication, self-awareness, and social skills:
Listening: Being a good listener is one of the best ways to be a good communicator.
Nonverbal Communication: Your body language, eye contact, hand gestures, and tone all color the message you are conveying.
Clarity and Concision: Convey your message in as few words as possible.
Friendliness: Through a friendly tone, a personal question, or a simple smile, you will encourage open and honest communication.
Confidence: Be confident in your interactions with others.
Empathy: Understand and respect others’ points of view.
Open-Mindedness: Enter any conversation with a flexible open mind.
Respect: Convey respect for others and their ideas.
Feedback: Giving and receiving feedback is an important communication skill.
Pick the Right Medium: Know what form of communication to use.
Application of the above communication skills promotes success in identifying individual desires, setting and reaching goals, and attaining a good quality of life within the areas listed below:
- Recreational/leisure activities, physical fitness, and hygiene
- Community-based integrated competitive employment, community-based employment
- Work, either individually placed in employment or on a work crew
- In-house employment options
- Work adjustment related to habits, attitudes, and safety
- Gap (age-appropriate activities for those who have retired or are medically fragile)
- Bridge (age-appropriate activities for those with behavioral needs)