Stimulation & Development
Our learners are placed in classes based on their needs and abilities and not on their age. We currently have 5 classes each with a maximum of 7 learners.
The Little Jungle Class
The focus of this class is to establish the pre-requisite skills for learning and encourage joint attention. Learners are exposed to a multi-sensory learning approach, where movement and tactile exploration is used. Lessons incorporate objects, photographs, signing and communication symbols to develop language and exploration.
The Butterfly Class
The focus of this class is to establish an alternative and augmentative communication system. Learners are exposed to a multimodal alternative and augmentative communication. As such vocalisations, Makaton signs, gestures and low tech and high tech communication devices are incorporated into the lesson plans. An alternative and augmentative communication system is established and tailor made for the each leaner. Learners are encouraged to use their communication devices to participate in thematically based lessons and to complete social routines.
The Lion Class
The focus of this class is to develop each learner’s pre-requisite skills, alternative and augmentative communication and life skills for more independence as well as social and emotional development. Literacy and numeracy skills are developed functionally by incorporating it in daily living skills creating more independence using multi-model communication techniques.
In the Lifestyle Centre; functional literacy and numeracy skills are promoted at the level of ability of each learner. Communication symbols, letters, sight words and basic reading skills are taught within thematic activities and activities of daily living. Numeracy tasks are applied to activities of daily living and learners are encouraged to utilise their numeracy skills for tasks such as shopping or ticket sales. Each young adult is given an Individualised Vocational Plan which sets out goals aimed at work skills and independent living skills. These skills include personal hygiene, baking, coping with scenarios that may play out in the community (mock shop/cinema/restaurant/beauty salon/hardware store/etc.), packaging and creating items for monthly themed boxes that are sold to the public, and recreational skills (using their free time constructively).