Functional Skills

From the moment we wake up in the morning until the time we go to bed at night, we interact with the world around us, and so do our children, for all our day-to-day tasks.

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Right from skills as elementary as brushing teeth and eating, to more complex skills like catching a school bus, using a telephone, doing monetary transactions, managing their school books and other supplies etc.; all of these are essential to help our children become independent and self-reliant.

Every child regardless of cognitive ability can be taught new functional skills – new ways to improve their independence and new behaviours to aid in making them more independent.

Functional skills are all those skills a student needs in order to live independently. The final goal is for our kids to gain as much independence and autonomy as possible, whether their disability is emotional, intellectual or physical.

Personal Care and Hygiene

Feeding, bathing, dressing, toilet training, grooming and similar other age appropriate skills from toddlerhood through puberty.

Mobility

This area addresses functional movement (transfers and transitions) and the ability to navigate architectural barriers within the child’s real-life environment, including home, school, public places like garden, malls, play areas etc.

Safety

This includes skills and knowledge that will aid the child in taking care of his safety when not supervised by an adult, in a new place or in case of emergencies. For e.g. knowing and expressing one’s name, address, telephone number; asking for help and operating devices like cell phone, I-pad etc. when needed.

functional skills
functional skills

Personal Care and Hygiene

Feeding, bathing, dressing, toilet training, grooming and similar other age appropriate skills from toddlerhood through puberty.

Mobility

This area addresses functional movement (transfers and transitions) and the ability to navigate architectural barriers within the child’s real-life environment, including home, school, public places like garden, malls, play areas etc.

Safety

This includes skills and knowledge that will aid the child in taking care of his safety when not supervised by an adult, in a new place or in case of emergencies. For e.g. knowing and expressing one’s name, address, telephone number; asking for help and operating devices like cell phone, I-pad etc. when needed.

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Daily Chores and Organizational Skills

This includes running simple errands like going to a grocery shop, mall etc. carrying out simple monetary transactions, organizing their shelves, cupboards, planning simple household or academic related projects.

The benefit that caregivers see, beyond the increased independence of their learners gaining valuable life skills, is that it creates more time and more flexibility for the caretakers.

Functional skills help develop participation and independence in the home, school, and community settings. We work towards developing their skills sets, routines, and expectations to function with as little dependence on others as possible to allow them the best opportunities and chances at a happy productive life.