Vocational training programs are geared towards principles specific to certain vocations, laying emphasis on a professional action-oriented approach and equipping young people for independent planning, realization, and evaluation of work-related tasks within the scope of their occupational activities. Our teaching includes a wide range of theoretical operations followed by the application of this theoretical base to occupational work that creates the necessary learning conditions for learning at and outside the workplace.
Our vocational program encompasses a holistic approach whereby we look at the pre-requisite skills necessary for our student’s to be successful in their daily living and future vocations. Students participate in daily lessons focusing on: fine and gross motor abilities that will help them successfully perform future tasks; activities of daily living to promote independence, social skills and communication; technology use; as well as specific vocation training. We expose our students to a variety of activities that allow us to see where their interests and strengths lie. Our students will have the opportunity to learn skills such as cooking, cleaning, sewing, woodwork, transport and road safety, and electronic device usage throughout the academic year.
A large priority for our students is pushing them to achieve their full potential and independence. We, therefore, believe it is imperative for students to learn essential daily living skills from an early age. Students have the opportunity to work toward age-appropriate daily living skills from simple activities such as managing their workspaces and participating in classroom jobs, which ultimately set the precedent of knowledge needed for progressing to larger tasks, such as cleaning their bedrooms. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to work on skills unique to them in areas where they need some extra assistance, whether that be dressing, styling their hair, or cooking.
Becoming independent requires our students to be able to understand and respond appropriately to social situations. We want our students to build successful and lasting friendships, and therefore actively teach social skills. Students will participate in lessons including modeling and will be given the opportunity to role-play social situations. For example, students will learn social and cultural boundaries associated with interpersonal relationships.
Generalisation of material taught in lessons is extremely important for our students. Whilst we strongly believe in theoretical and hands-on teaching, we also understand the importance of applying such skills to everyday scenarios. We, therefore, ensure that all students enrolled in the full day program have to opportunity to spend time within the community by organizing bi-weekly outings. Outings will be organized in conjunction with the on-going term theme and skills our students are currently working to master. For example, students may attend a yoga class after spending time in center practicing yoga and breathing techniques.