LIFE SKILLS TRAINING
From the moment the alarm goes off till you’re back in bed, setting the next day’s alarm, there are a variety of everyday, mundane activities that we carry out without a second thought – brushing, bathing, getting dressed, eating breakfast, studying/working, shopping, socialising. These are just some of the things on an almost endless list that most of us have. All of these essential activities require physical, mental, and emotional skills that special needs individuals require additional assistance with to lead a fruitful life. By practicing these skills in real-life situations, we prepare our students to become as independent as possible.
Each course is designed according to the individual needs of the students. We not only demonstrate, but also carry out hands on practice sessions, following the mantra of Watch. Do. Repeat.
BASIC HYGIENE & GROOMING SKILLS
After being introduced to the basics of everyday hygiene like keeping one’s face, body, hair, nails, and clothing clean, they learn about daily grooming and skincare and following a hygiene checklist. Girls also have additional classes on makeup and nail art.
FAMILY & SOCIAL SKILLS
Students learn about everyday social etiquette appropriate for home and the community. Through individual and group sessions, they learn basic greetings, social responses, simple conversation, being around guests, and conducting themselves in external social settings.
Students use non-fire recipes to make snacks, healthy salads, main courses, desserts, and beverages in our Quirky Cucina. After writing and being walked through a recipe, students work on different elements of the recipes, individually or in groups. Those who are capable learn how to cook using a microwave and an induction cooker.
Students learn about stranger danger, safety circles, how to stay safe in public, when and how to ask for help, evacuating a building during an emergency and more.
Special needs students have often been bullied or kept apart from peers and family, and thus need to build their self-confidence and self-esteem. One-on-one sessions and group classes are conducted to establish, grow, and nurture their self-worth.
Students are introduced to the concept of respect. They learn about what respect and self-respect is, how to treat others with respect, how to earn respect, how to identify disrespect, and how to show respect at home, school, and work.
After being introduced to the concept of number values and the value of money, students practice handling dummy currency and real-life money transaction simulations. High functioning students learn about shopping, buying groceries, banks, bank accounts, cheques, etc.
BACK OFFICE WORK
Using printers and scanners to take printouts and photocopies at home and work.