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Vocational Courses

Over the past decade, India has started recognising the need for diagnosis and intervention in special needs, as a result of which various schools and centres, both government and non-government have been started to cater to the diverse needs of children with special needs. Individuals with autism and many other special needs, however, have a normal lifespan and the services available in India do not cater to that. Since it is a lifelong condition, children with autism and special needs grow up to become adults with special needs, who are often dependent on their parents or siblings. Owing to their social and behavioural difficulties and the current lack of focus on neurodiversity in the workplace, they are unable to find gainful employment, or even a productive means of living their day to day life.

Training adolescents and young adults with autism in vocational skills, is therefore an important step in empowering them to live a productive and meaningful life. It not only will give them financial independence, but also build their self-esteem, so that they can lead fulfilling lives.

Since individuals with special needs, like regular individuals, have individualized interests, preferences and abilities, vocational training at Sattva Life Skills aims to provide diverse skills training experiences, namely:

  • Multimedia, Visual Effects and Animation
  • MS Office
  • Software Testing
  • Baking using organic ingredients (to be added to curriculum July 2017)
  • Organic farming (to be added to curriculum July 2017)

See below for more detail on individual course start dates, length, content etc.

Course start dates: July and December

Course duration: 18 months

Course description: TBC

Course start dates: July and December

Course duration: 18 months

Course description: TBC

Course start dates: July and December

Course duration: 18 months

Course description: TBC

Life Skills

Life Skills have been defined by the World Health Organization as “abilities for adaptive and positive behavior that enable individuals to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of everyday life.”

One of the greatest concerns which adolescents with special needs encounter is an inability to function in their day to day life. They often achieve academically, but are unable to deal with the world around them. Training in life skills give individuals with special needs a sense of safety, independence, self-esteem, health, self-advocacy and self-regulation. Ait allows them to communicate effectively. They are extremely important in order to put vocational skills into practice. Some basic life skills include:

  • Self-care skills such as grooming & dressing;
  • Money Management skills such as keeping money safely, recognising currency & being able to make small purchases. When an adolescent is able to learn these basic skills, he/she can also be taught how to open a bank account and manage it;
  • Time Management skills such as as knowing the concept of time duration, being able to plan one’s daily routine, getting to school/work on time, using a watch, using a calendar;
  • Self- Management skills such as using public transportation, knowing basic first aid, using traffic rules;
  • Decision Making skills such as knowing what to do in case of an emergency; and
  • Home Management skills such as cooking, cleaning, doing the laundry.

Interpersonal skills such as greeting others, sustaining a conversation, asking for help and conducting oneself in public. Often, in adolescence, it becomes important to understand how to deal with individuals with the opposite gender. Sex education therefore becomes an important aspect of life skills training.

Each Sattva student is assessed as part of their induction to create a Life Skills plan unique to them. It includes support from a number of resources including Occupational Therapists, Speech Therapist and Nutritionists.

Open Schooling

Sattva encourages students to pursue their academic interests by preparing them for NIOS Secondary (Class X) and Senior Secondary Programs (Class XII).  Students can choose from a variety of subjects based on their interests. Along with pursuing their vocational and life skills training students can prepare for NIOS exams.  Unlike the regular boards like SSC, CBSE and ICSE,  NIOS gives students the flexibility to appear for exams as and when they are prepared one exam after the other at their convenience.

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