Dear Parents and teens!


I am excited to announce the official beginning of enrollment for the Experience Learning Project (ELP), FEAT of WA’s model service learning program targeted towards teens with high functioning autism (HFA) or Asperger's Syndrome.


The Experience Learning Project works with teens to improve Teens’ self-management and social problem solving skills within a service learning context.  


Service Learning:

We seek to help participating teens’ understand their place within the larger communities in which they live, as well as discover ways in which they may fullt participate in those communities, with a special emphasis on how they can give back to others. ELP teens’ have provided service at a diverse set of volunteer sites, including


§  Elder and Adult Day services

§  Operation: Sack Lunch         

§  Lifelong AIDS Alliance          

§  Red Cross of King County    

§  Ten Thousand  Villages        

§  Bellevue Youth Theater       

§  Washington Conservation Corps


Clinical Goals:

Because Adolescents with HFA or Asperger’s often experience significant difficulty understanding and navigating social interactions, ELP uses the context of service learning to help our teens improve their social problem- solving and social thinking skills. Thus the main clinical objective of ELP involves helping our participants improve their social competence.


The community partner sites in which we volunteer form the context for working on these skills:


§  Week 1: July 11 – 15  Goal setting and communication

§  Week 2: July 18 – 22  Empathy and perspective taking

§  Week 3: July 25 – 29  Emotion Management

§  Week 4: August -  1-5  Social Problem Solving


Daily and Weekly Schedule:


Each week, ELP teens spend the week volunteering at a different service site Monday- Thursday. A typical schedule Monday - Thursday looks something like this (exact times vary depending on the needs of the organization we are volunteering with):

§  10- 12         Classroom time (on site at volunteer location)

§  12- 12:45    Lunch break

§  12:45- 1      Recapp of classroom time/ Tranision to volunteer activity

§  1- 3:30        Work with the volunteer team/ provide service (take breaks as needed)

§  3:30- 4        Reflective assignment


Through out the week, the teens dedicate a little time each day together planning an event of their choice for “Fun Friday.”  Past activities for Fun Friday have included:

§  Kayaking

§  Hanging out at the mall

§  Seeing a movie

§  Hiking

§  Canoeing

§  Going to a favorite restaurant


Enrollment Procedures:


1) Print out the enrollment application here:


2) You may turn in your application in two ways:

§  Deliver the application during our business hours:

M- Th     9:00am - 4:00pm

F             9:00am - 12:00pm


14434 NE 8th St., Second Floor (of Lake Sammamish Foursquare Church)

Bellevue, WA 98007


§  Mail your application to:

Families for Effective Autism Treatment of WA

PO Box 6159

Bellevue, WA  98008


Application deadline is May 18th, 2011


Contact and Information


For more information about ELP, I encourage you to check out our website!


For billing and application questions, please contact FEAT of Washington’s Administrative Assistant, Amanda at 425- 223-5126 or [email protected]


For any other questions about the program or schedule, please feel free to contact me. I look forward to hearing from you and hopefully meeting your teen in the near future!



Ali McManus, M.A.

Program Director, Experience Learning Project

Families for Effective Autism Treatment of WA

[email protected]