Life Skills Programme
This is a programme designed to develop the basic life skills of students with intellectual and learning disabilities.
- To encourage and establish independent functioning.
- To assess individual capabilities.
- To provide programme to reach potential.
- To provide opportunities to learn new skills and develop communication skills.
Money – use, recognition, value; recognition of needs; recognition of variety of different shops; identifying what shops you need; the types of goods each shop has; how to purchase.
- Family tree, being part of a family and where we come from.
- Meals and food –different types (breakfast, snacks, barbeques, winter soups etc.), how to prepare and present, duties involved in preparation and clearing up.
- Variety of family activities – sharing household chores, recreation together, respect for individuals, personal and family responsibilities.
- Different family structures, beliefs, cultures.
- Police; Emergency Services – Ambulance and Fire Service; Libraries; Local council.
- How we communicate at school, home, with friends, different language/slang/jargon.
- Talking and listening.
- Why communication systems are important – between who and how.
- Telephone – faxes, e-mail.
- Written communication – postal services; community communication – newspapers, radio, TV.
- Selected supported Learning Units or ASDAN programmes.
Education Outside the Classroom:
- Planning, organising and implementing major learning experiences. This may involve travelling away from school.
- Awareness of parks and reserves; recycling; refuse control.
These are the mainstream core and option classes available to each student.
Placement is determined by appropriateness in relation to the student’s strengths, needs and support available.