Nigra Center finding ways to support students

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Priya Winston, a social worker and instructor at Transitions holds a Zoom class with students. (Photo submitted)

MAYFIELD — The Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts Transitions program has continued to find ways to support its students and parents during this unpredicted health crisis.

According to a press release, Transitions, a program that provides services to young adults with autism spectrum disorders to help them advance in college in and in their careers, has continued to support those students during the COVID-19 pandemic.

By following the recommendations and from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the New York State Department of Health, Transitions is continuing to support its students while socially distancing themselves by hosting a variety of daily classes and enrichment activities online. Instructors and clinical teams are hosting one-on-one distance learning classes, group advisement sessions and art photography classes. Remote learning has been a key element in maintaining the program’s routine, according to the release. bi-weekly calls have been conducted with parents of these students to discuss the Transitions’ processes.

“Maintaining a connection with the students regularly has truly helped all of us and has given students a sense of normalcy,” said Shaloni Winston, founder and executive director of Transitions. “We’re continuing to provide many day-to-day activities for both commuter and resident students and teaching them to complete most activities online. This includes grocery shopping, ordering medications, paying bills and more useful skills for independent living.”

According to the news release, Transitions has secured all essential safety equipment and supplies to ensure students are prepared and safe, following the health guidelines and mandates that have been put in place by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Students have 24/7 administrative, clinical and emotional support from staff who are available to help them cope with the fears and anxiety the virus poses.

Additionally, staff are available on Transitions’ Mayfield campus for online meetings, phone calls and discussions with students and parents about the program Monday through Friday form 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Transitions offers students full-year and summer immersion experiences as well as week-long specialty camps. Applications are now being accepted for all supper programs which are expected to start on June 12. For more information, visit Transitions at www.transitionsusa.org or call at (518) 775-5374.

By Paul Wager

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