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Is 3LPlace right for you?

We are building an intentionally diverse community at 3LPlace, and we welcome individuals with a range of abilities and challenges.
Diagnosis and age aren’t important, but attitude is!

Participants are likely to be:

  • Both men and women of diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds;
  • Living with various developmental disabilities;
  • Done with their schooling through their IEP or on a transition referral from their school district;
  • Safe, without behavioral issues that would necessitate restraint or that could cause harm to themselves or other members of our community; and,
  • Interested in figuring out what they are passionate about, and building on those interests toward the brightest possible future.

If that sounds good, we'd love to talk to you!  You can call us at 617-764-3280, or email us at admissions@3LPlace(dot)org, and somebody will get right back to you.


 

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: 

How does the 3LPlace staff team communicate with each other in group settings whether in the program space, in the community, to make sure members feel safe and anchored?

Answer: 

3LPlace staff have many opportunities to overlap on behalf of 3LPlace members. There are weekly staff meetings where planning and problem solving occur. Additionally staff each have weekly supervision, which offers opportunities for further discussion and support. Organization is key to safety for both staff and members. There are open group opportunities to reflect on dynamics, nuances, and more. 

 

Question: 

What is the level of experience with co-regulation, limit setting, and creating reassuring parameters daily?

 

Answer: 

Regulation is key for 3LPlace staff, members, and the group space. Each member who joins 3LPlace quickly learns our most powerful mantra-- BE YOUR BEST SELF. This mantra creates an open space to dialogue when struggle occurs. For instance, if someone responds in a way that others perceive as abrasive, we take the immediate opportunity to address that. Members come to us with all different backgrounds. Some enjoy behavioral structure. Others prefer relationship-based rewards. There are few rules at 3LPlace, but the most salient ones are: 

  • Safety first (safe bodies, safe words, safe volume)
  • Be kind 
  • Apologize when you need to 

 

Question: 

What does a typical day look like, as in what is the balance between structure and hanging out in the program space? How open-ended or semi-structured is the day? Is there some predictability for students to help them feel reassured? 

 

Answer: 

The morning portion of the day is more academic and structured in nature with rotating themes/units (ex. Get out the vote, Oceans 20, I speak for the trees, American History, etc.) The afternoons are historically more community-based and are semi-structured but constantly weave in member interests.  A weekly schedule is provided to members for reassurance as well as a template for discussion (ex. When’s lunch?)

 

Question: 

Do the staff have multiple people as part of the team who can respond confidently and flexibly to someone in distress? 

 

Answer: 

All 3LPlace staff are Safety Care trained as well as trained in First Aid. Though crises are rare at 3LPlace, all staff are equipped to support a distressed member as needed, with backup support established as needed. In addition, members often co-regulate each other when they perceive someone is in distress. If a member harms their self or another, or threatens to, there is a protocol in place to support the individual and the group to best address the situation

 

Question: 

Are there broad guidelines around movement, noise, language that are regularly maintained?

 

Answer: 

All guidelines are within reason. Members come to 3LPlace with various sensory, motor, and communication challenges. To support each individual, members have their own orienting plan to set themselves up for success. Meeting member needs at the start of the day proves effective in bolstering their self-awareness as time goes on. 3LPlace encourages positive language usage with an awareness and recognition that adjusting to adulthood can be riddled with challenges and can create stress that can emerge verbally with word choice. Though rare, members easily redirect with a reminder from staff or peers to BE YOUR BEST SELF. If needs be, a breakout room conversation occurs on zoom or in person

 

Question: 

Do you communicate with caregivers?

 

Answer: 

Staff communicate with members weekly during a 15-minute advisory meeting. If the member is okay inviting their parent or if the parent is a legal guardian, they are welcome. Parents have access to 3LPlace’s member reporting systems (MMMs) monthly. Within reason, staff are available to speak to families. If a family needs additional support and staff are available to meet hourly, 3LPlace bills at varying rates depending on the staff person’s background.

 

Question: 

How do you keep the program centered around the interests and needs of the students rather than the needs of staff or of maintaining a program? 

 

Answer: 

Thankfully at 3LPlace, members drive the bus! All topics are a combination of member interests, current events, neurodiversity celebration and best practices and more. Staying focused on the members is a critical focus of 3LPlace.

 

Question: 

What innovations are you considering in future? Where do you see the program going? 

 

Answer: 

As 3LPlace grows to a size not to exceed 30 community members, we hope to offer individuals more choice of curriculum modules.  We also hope to build out our social programming on weekends and evenings.