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Independent-Living Skills


We understand that the ability to care for oneself and become self-reliant is key to the success of our students. That’s why our independent living skill instruction focuses on equipping students with the practical knowledge and abilities they need to lead independent and fulfilling lives. Through a combination of classroom-based learning and hands-on experiences, our dedicated team of educators and therapists work closely with students to develop essential skills across various domains.


Depending on each student’s goals and needs, we teach:


  • Personal hygiene: This includes habits such as bathing, grooming, dental care and dressing appropriately for overall well-being and social integration.


  • Time management: Developing skills to manage time effectively helps students organize their daily routines, maintain schedules and meet deadlines, leading to greater independence and productivity.


  • Money management: Learning about money management, including budgeting, understanding currency, making purchases and handling financial transactions empowers students to handle their finances responsibly and make informed decisions.

  • Meal preparation and nutrition: Learning how to plan and prepare nutritious meals, make healthy food choices, and practice kitchen safety fosters independence in meeting their dietary needs and promotes a healthy lifestyle.


  • Household chores: Instruction in performing household tasks such as cleaning, laundry, organizing and performing basic home maintenance helps students develop skills for maintaining a functional living environment.


  • Transportation skills: Learning how to navigate public transportation, use maps or GPS systems, and practice road safety rules equips students with the skills to travel independently and access various community resources.

  • Self-advocacy and communication: Encouraging students to express their needs, preferences and concerns effectively empowers them to advocate for themselves in various situations, including healthcare, transportation, employment and social interactions.


  • Social skills: Developing social skills such as initiating and maintaining conversations, understanding nonverbal cues, and resolving conflicts promotes successful interactions and positive relationships with peers, coworkers and community members.


  • Problem-solving and decision-making: Teaching individuals problem-solving strategies and decision-making skills enhances their ability to analyze situations, weigh options and make choices independently.

  • Safety skills: Instructing students on personal safety practices, emergency preparedness, and recognizing and responding to potential risks and dangers helps ensure their well-being and security in various environments.

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