Dragonfly Transitions supports young adults on a journey of personal exploration, health, and independence. Growth and change happen through connection, community, and experience. Dragonfly is designed with progressive phases, college and vocational options, recreation, therapeutic support, and a variety of living environments located in southern Oregon.
During the summer months, Dragonfly students are able to select from a variety of trips that are offered for their learning, growth, therapeutic work, and enjoyment. With COVID-19 impacting some of our regular routine stops, i.e., going to the Oregon coast, climbing and rafting in Bend, exploring the Redwoods, etc., Dragonfly staff was able to…
Before coming on board at Dragonfly Transitions, I had the privilege of working at FlexSchool, a unique school serving gifted and twice-exceptional learners. In my role as Head of School, I found myself surrounded by brilliant, creative, unique kids who had struggled in the typical school environment: shut down by busy teachers (too many questions!)…
The therapeutic milieu of Dragonfly is hands on, up close and personal. There are abundant opportunities to create an individualized therapeutic experience for students both inside and outside of a traditional session.
Students participate in individual and group therapy as well as family therapy during conference calls and family workshops. Psychiatric evaluations, medication management, and other services are provided to students as needed by Dr. Chad Brown. Students meet with staff mentors once per week and mentors are available everyday to support the structure of Dragonfly.
Most Dragonfly students have had difficulty developing or consistently executing the skills necessary to live a healthy, balanced, and successful life in college and beyond.
All students are encouraged to complete high school and continue their education at the post-secondary level — even if this is only to experience a few classes and learn what is required in terms of time management, study skills and self-discipline necessary to succeed educationally.
We believe work is a great way for students to develop and explore new skills, learn to live a balanced life, and practice personal responsibility.
Dragonfly provides support for students who wish to work throughout their stay. Staff provide guidance through exploring interests and resume and interview workshops. Dragonfly Transitions provides structured vocational training through its cafe, A Leap of Taste.
Our students are required to join the local gym where they have access to a personal trainer who helps them set and attain reasonable fitness goals. Gym trips take place every morning, Monday through Friday, and occasionally on weekends if there is demand.
At Dragonfly, students take weekend day trips to try new things. On breaks from school, mentors coordinate travel to nearby destinations. These trips can be cultural excursions to places like San Francisco or to natural wonders like the Cascade Mountains.
Students on the Ashland campus have demonstrated readiness and motivation to continue their growth and development with increased independence. Students typically start in Klamath Falls and have the option to transition to Ashland as they progress through the program.
While enjoying a smaller community, students at our young adult transitions program can immerse themselves in the gardening schedule, work on maintenance projects, cook, attend group therapy, and develop relationships with their peers and the Dragonfly team.
Aerie Acre is a non-profit farm and garden project located at The Dragonfly Homestead and made possible by the generosity of The Mychal Rushwald Foundation. We believe in local sustainable agriculture and grow fruits and vegetables using organic methods to improve our own diets and to contribute to the overall health of Klamath County.
In February 2010, Mona and Glenn took ownership of A Leap of Taste to further the mission of Dragonfly. A Leap of Taste is a friendly environment for young adults in Dragonfly Transitions to acquire job skills, learn social responsibility, and build relationships within the Klamath Falls community.
A Leap of Taste employees are a mix of local Klamath Falls residents as well as students from Dragonfly Transitions. Throughout the week, local musicians and sometimes Dragonfly students perform live music. The café also hosts an occasional Open Mic Night.
Dragonfly Transitions offers therapeutic services to facilitate change and healing in all family members who choose to participate. We have seen first-hand the power of family involvement in a student’s therapy. Families more willing to delve into therapy alongside their loved one can nurture more effective and lasting change.
The Parent Cohort is an opportunity for a parent-to-parent discussion with other Dragonfly families with a focus on the CASA model (Commitment, Acceptance, Security and Attunement). Parents will be invited to share their experiences of ‘what’s working’ in terms of supporting their student utilizing elements of the CASA framework.
Students typically remain at Dragonfly for Thanksgiving, as many will travel home in December. Dragonfly celebrates Thanksgiving together as a community. Students often contribute by preparing their favorite traditional dish from home. Talk with your Dragonfly therapist if you would like to explore an alternative to your student remaining at Dragonfly.
Each year Dragonfly does an annual trip prior to home visits. It is a time to prepare for visits, reflect on the year and set goals for the upcoming year. Portland has been our destination for many years, this year trips will remain more local in southern Oregon.
Please discuss with your Dragonfly therapist whether your student is ready for a home visit. Many students remain on campus with planned holiday activities. Dragonfly will provide a shuttle to the Rogue Valley Medford Airport on December 20th and will provide airport pick ups on the 28th. If travel is outside of these times a taxi will need…