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 • Maths • Activities of daily living • Reading Pre-requisite concepts • Writing • Communication • 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.
“Don’t just teach kids how to count…Teach them what counts MOST”
Functional Living Skills is the most important and vital part of our special children. To make them self reliant and have confidence we started this class for teaching the Functional Living Skills to the children in SOREM from April 2018.
Under this section we also had a “Night Stay” at school. The children stayed back on Friday 20th April 2018 after the school.
The normal day to day classes cover the following:
- Bed Making Activity
- Table Laying Activity
- Folding and Stacking of clothes
- Peeling and Chopping
- Making a sandwich
- Dusting and Mopping
- Measuring (which would help in masala packing too)
- Pouring from a jug to a glass.
These activities are taught to the children of SOREM in groups or individually, as required. Besides this individuals from outside too take one on one session.