Skills Plus

For 30 years, Skills Plus has been assisting stroke survivors and other physically disabled adults regain functional, social, cognitive, and physical skills through interactive classes and a strong support system.

Skills Plus is an affordable, awarding winning program that:

  • Provides training and activities focused on functional skills and independence.
  • Offers opportunities for group interaction and socialization
  • Has caring capable instructors who are licensed and credentialed medical professionals.
  • Provides a safe, supportive and stimulating learning environment.

Clients work hard to improve their functional skills like learning to walk and being able to communicate with their loved ones. It is in mastering these basic skills that allows the stroke survivor to live at home and continue to be a part of their family.

Services are geared toward stroke survivors but are not limited to that group. People with Parkinson disease, chronic heart and lung disease as well as other related physical disorders can benefit from the program.Skills Plus offers classes in mobility and communication skills as well as independent living activities. There are also monthly caregiver classes. Please help spread the word about the services that Skills Plus offers. Perhaps you already know about Skills Plus, or maybe you know someone who could benefit from the program.

Stroke survivors, people with Parkinson’s Disease and other major neurological conditions. Must be 18 years old.


You should feel comfortable with what you see in the classrooms. Call 408-423-3570 for an observation.


If the program is right for you, call to schedule an appointment for an assessment at (408) 423-3570. The appointment lasts about one hour. The one-time assessment fee is $50.00. There are no refunds.


A medical referral form filled out and signed by a physician is required. When the client comes in for the assessment, he/she needs to bring in the completed form. The medical referral form must be on file in the office prior to participation in the program.



Clients who attend the program must be able to participate in and gain from a group experience. They must be (1) 18 years of age or older; (2) continent of bowel and bladder, and able to access bathroom; (3) able to manage oral intake in a way that does not produce disruptive behaviors (i.e. coughing, spitting, choking); and (4) does not wander. Please call and speak to the Supervisor about special considerations; (i.e., if a caregiver is always present to manage bowel, bladder, swallowing, and or wandering, the client may attend.)

The Skills Plus Program offers classes in three different areas:

Mobility Skills

Increased independence and confidence in mobility is the object of this class. The students have the opportunity to develop muscle strength, joint flexibility and activity endurance. Also emphasized are: improved balance, posture practice, increased awareness of the body in space, progressive ambulation practice, and walking up and down stairs. Transitions from bed to chair to sitting with balanced weight bearing will be practiced for those in wheelchairs. Ambulatory students will receive reinforcement of techniques or adaptations as learned previously in therapy. Increased independence is attained through group and individual instruction.

Independent Living Skills

Meal preparation

The student is assisted in achieving varying degrees of independence in meal planning, task completion, sequencing, and following written as well as verbal directions through group participation. Curriculum addresses preparation of simple snacks as well as planning and preparation of more complex entrees. Safety awareness, planning, and positioning are practiced. Nutrition is emphasized and foods prepared during class are served to all students during the social break.

Arm, Hand, and Trunk

The student develops and improves range of motion, prevent pain from decreased flexibility, increase sensation, tone reduction, and improve body awareness. Students also work to increase fine motor hand function and improve coordination.

Adapted Activity/Perception

The student learns cognitive processing, task sequencing, initiation and completion. The long term goal is to renew student interest in productive activity and independence. Students work on selected craft or hobby activities, puzzles and table top games. Eye-hand coordination skills, visual tracking, scanning, sequencing, and other visual and spatial skills are challenged. Compensation for visual problems are emphasized.

Communication Skills

Language Skills

This class assists the student to think of words and to communicate verbally on a single word, phrase or sentence level. It also addresses the preservation of the ability to understand, retain, and recall words. Advanced students communicate verbally on complex topics. Students engage in social conversation and may practice giving verbal instruction to others.

Enunciation Skills

The student learns techniques to improve pronunciation of sounds and words and to enhance clarity of speech.

Reading and Writing

The student improves the ability to spell, read and write at varying levels of complexity; can include math. Conversion to use of non-dominant hand for writing skills can also be practiced. Computers are also available.

Memory and Listening

This student learns strategies to improve memory skills, teaching a variety of ways to remember information that is seen or heard. Students learn to listen carefully and to use these memory strategies. Curriculum contains functional applications of these skills.

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