Continuing Adult Education Program (CAEP)

Continuing Adult Education Program (CAEP) – Boston Higashi School’s initiative to provide
opportunities for our former students to continue the connection to our school and their former
classmates. During the session Alumni will engage in a variety of activities based on a rich
curriculum that is aligned with the Daily Life Therapy®. The activities/classes are led by highly
trained staff and alumni are not only able to utilize our state of the art facilities, but they are also
able to continue their education, socialize with former classmates, and have fun!

Alongside their caretakers (e.g., parents, group home staff, etc.), former BHS students are able
to participate in a program that is anchored in the notion that education is a lifelong experience.
CAEP is designed so that it builds on the skills that were developed through activities that
formed their curriculum when they were students. The activities included in CAEP provide
opportunities for skill development in areas of deficit for individuals with ASD, including fine and
gross motor skills, socialization, leisure, recreation and cognition. Through this, participants will
be engaged in a fun, supportive and friendly community where they can establish healthy habits
and strong relationships. The ongoing availability of this program will help the adults to maintain
these skills, thereby promoting positive outcomes in overall well-being.

Our two programs generally take place in the Fall, and Winter/Spring and are 6 sessions of
alternating Saturdays. We also offer a “Summer Fun” session on one Saturday during the
summer months.




CAEP Students

Another successful season, CAEP Winter/Spring 2022 Sessions, Completed!

The Winter/Spring 2022 sessions of the Continuing Adult Education Program (CAEP) ended on March 26th on a positive note with both participants’ families and caretakers expressing gratitude for the program’s impact.

This semester, thirty-seven alumni registered, which was the highest number for online sessions since we started the online program in June, 2020.

One of the highlights for this semester was the integration of elements of the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and Zones of Regulation (ZOR) in all lessons. With our instructors’ guidance, participants tried hard to identify their feelings and what zones they were in at the time. Many visual/auditory supports, such as feeling icons/charts, videos, and music, were utilized during each session to maximize on the participants’ learning.

Notably, most of the participants still remember what they had learnt at BHS before graduation and responded very well to Higashi methods, such as “basic postures.” All the CAEP instructors and committee members were pleased to see the alumni working so hard and enjoying learning. Our overarching goal is to provide the best learning opportunities so that our alumni can have productive lives.

This semester, the CAEP Committee focused on closer communication and collaboration with participants, parents and caretakers before/during/after each session. This helped us learn more about the participants and their learning needs. We will be more than happy to make an extra effort to maintain great communication with them.

CAEP Students

We truly appreciate the following donors who continue to support the program:

  • Mitsui U.S.A. Foundation
  • Flatley Foundation
  • Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York, Inc.

Their generous and continued support certainly makes a HUGE difference in the alumni’s quality of life.

Information on plans for summer and Fall 2022 will be posted in June. Please stay connected with us!

CAEP Committee Members,
Dr. John Maina, Yumiko Mori, Leanne Haya, Kariuki Muriithi, and Hilary Holmes