Eating, toiletting, grooming, meal preparation, use of public spaces
reduced social anxiety, better interpersonal relationships
art, music, crafts, picnics, outings, creative pursuits
Life skills are often nearly invisible to neuro-typical and abled people. We take them for granted, but for those with physical or intellectual difficulties, everyday skills like these can be quite a challenge to learn. However, the quality and meaning they add to a person’s life can be immense. At FAME we see Life Skills as key, at all stages of a child or adult’s developmental journey. Schedules at the Centre for Children as well as at Swavalambana have several hours a week dedicated to the learning of various life skills. Alongside, outings to parks, shopping centres, and public transit stations take place weekly for children and monthly for adults. These outdoor events familiarise our members with the use of pubic spaces and also safe conduct in such places.
At Swavalambana, the emphasis is on functional independence and daily living. This means that if we are not home, my son can take care of himself. He particularly enjoys housework, and at the centre he loves painting lamps and beading necklaces.
~ Shyamala Sridhar, parent of Swavalambana member