The MOSSAIC program (Mentoring, Organization, and Social Support for Autism Inclusion on Campus) is a University of Montana program for UM students and community members. MOSSAIC supports people with Autism and related disorders.
The MOSSAIC program has five essential pieces that help shape the program's goals and execution.
Direct Speech Language Therapy Services
Many MOSSAIC participants require direct services. These services support the participants in their areas of need, in turn supporting their role in the community including:
- Social Skills
- Academic Support (such as written language, language and reading comprehension, language expression, etc.)
- Executive functioning skills (time management, initiation, organization, self-advocacy)
- Employment readiness skills using evidence based interventions
Peer coaching to help navigate the campus and systems within the UM program. Peers are juniors and seniors in the CSD department.
Two to three times a semester we offer a social evening with food and activities. Adult members of the community with autism or related disorders are invited to join us.
Ed Ready Support
Peers support MOSSAIC participants as they navigate the Ed Ready math preparation program.
In some instances we have CSD undergraduates who are in the same classes as the MOSSAIC participants. If possible, the peer will attend class with the participant and assist with areas of need as a mentor.
The MOSSAIC program has several payment options:
- With a prescription, insurance can be billed
- Direct payment can be made to the DeWit RiteCare
- Scholarships are available based on financial need (Scholarship forms are provided upon request)
To participate in any portion of the remaining offerings, participants pay $20 per semester.
- Peer Mentoring
- Social Evenings
- Ed Ready Support
- Academic Support
MOSSAIC employs a number of evidence based practices including:
- Peer mediated instruction and intervention
- Functional communication training
- Naturalistic Intervention
- Social narratives
- Video modeling
- Social skills training
- Technology-aided Instruction and Intervention
Schoffer Closson was featured in the University of Montana's 2014 Vision magazine for the work she has done with the YETI and MOSSAIC programs.
(Jennifer Schoffer Closson, Left)
Jennifer K. Schoffer Closson, M.S., CCC-SLP
Professor Jennifer Closson is the Director of Clinical Education for the Communicative Sciences and Disorders Department. Her interest areas include autism and secondary transition, leading her to develop the YETI and MOSSAIC programs. She has worked for the Montana Office of Public Instruction to train people across Montana about evidence based practices for autism.
If you are interested in participating in the MOSSAIC program contact:
- Phone: (406)243-2405
- Email: Jennifer.Closson@mso.umt.edu