Functional academics is merely academics made functional designed to teach skills which allow each student to succeed in real-life situations at home, school, work and in the community. The functional academics curriculum includes a range of areas namely:
• Pre-requisite concepts
• Activities of daily living
• Reading Pre-requisite concepts
• Social & Emotional skills
• Community orientation
• Skill oriented activities
• Art and craft etc…
Given these areas the teachers tailor the academic programs to the age, gender, needs and functioning of the student.
Each of the subcomponent is divided into skill level and task analyzed to sequential steps which ranges from early childhood to transitional skills. Such skills are not taught in isolation but as part of multi-sensorial approach. Key outcome of functional skills is for the students to exercise maximum sense of control, engage in self-directed behavior and autonomy over his/her environment.