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Functional Skills and Employability Program

Programme for young adults with additional learning needs

A first of its kind programme in India, this course supports young adults with additional needs to learn and work towards achieving their ambitions as adults. This programme will serve as a bridge course towards preparing young adults for formal vocational training. Students will learn skills for independence, managing personal finances and acquiring soft skills required to gain and maintain a job.

This bridge programme is conducted by the School of Health Sciences, Ansal University, with technical collabo- ration from the London Learning Centre, Delhi.

  • It is a one-year course for students with mild to moderate additional learning needs.
  • The programme focuses on foundational skills necessary for independence and life skills, as well as giving students an opportunity to trial different activities that will help them for formal vocational training.
  • Course tutors will include psychologists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists and special educators.
  • Courses start from September 2019.
  • Admissions open from 1st July 2019.

COURSES

This course will include 4 modules over the year, with each module spanning 10 weeks. Students will have the flexibility to work at their own pace. Course modules include

  • Functional Social Communication and Language Skills
  • Independence and Self-care
  • Employability
  • Student Specialisation (elective)

MODULE DETAILS

Functional Social Communication and Language Skills : This module will focus on developing Functional English and Social Communication skills.

The Functional English course covers everyday word skills including reading and understanding texts, such as forms, newspapers, applications, letters and other forms of written information. Some features of writing such as spelling, punctuation and grammar are also covered. It also includes presentation skills preparing students for use of language for different purposes including requesting, questioning, clarifying, complaining, discussing etc. It will focus on building confidence and competence in functional communication settings.

The Social Communication skills course will be run by a speech and language therapists and will focus on developing each student’s communication skills both in terms of their functional language, in understanding and expression, but also in terms of their use of language for different communicative p urposes. These sessions will also focus on foundational skills for social cognition such as theory of mind, central cohesion and executive functioning.

Independence and Self-Care: This module will focus on developing functional numeracy, self-care and presentation and independence skills.

This course will look at numeracy skills in everyday situations and focus on understanding the situation, choosing an appropriate approach to tackle the problem, gathering relevant information/resources, using a Maths approach in a step-by-step manner, interpreting and identifying results as well as communicating the results. The sessions will equip each student with augmentative systems to support their handling of numeracy and finance in functional settings.

The self-care and presentation skills sessions will focus on self awareness and awareness of others. They will look at building a sense of self, looking at awareness of personal presentation and confidence in self-care and choice making. This will include personal hygiene and grooming.

The independence sessions will teach students in making financial choices, managing their own belongings, health and well-being, practical cooking skills, preparing for the world of work, travelling safely and successfully.

Employability: The employability skills sessions take an activity-based approach to raising learners’ awareness about employer expectations and the working environment. They provide a programme of activities to support learners in preparation for vocational training, for achieving an employability qualification, or for getting a job.
The employability skills sessions include activities designed to develop learners’ skills in 12 areas: self-management; team work; business and enterprise; customer awareness; problem solving; communication; working with
numbers; IT in the workplace; applying for a job; exploring job opportunities; responsibilities at work; and health and safety in the workplace.

Student Specialisation (Elective): Students can choose from one of the following courses.

  • Catering
  • Art and Design
  • Photography
  • Sports and Fitness
  • Hair and Beauty
  • Information Technology

These courses will be conducted in conjunction with specialists from the field to help students develop specific skills required in the area.

ADMISSION CRITERIA

There will be a short standardized assessment and interview for students to identify their level of functioning and suitability for the course that is conducted by the admissions team. In addition, the student has to submit a letter from their previous school stating the level of support they needed in school. All IEPs, school records and any previous assessments must also be submitted.

COURSE DIRECTORS

JACKIE HARLAND, Speech and Language Therapist

Jackie Harland is an experienced speech and language therapist with a Masters in early childhood education. She has set up centres and early years provisions in London, Dubai, Lahore and now the London Learning Centre in Delhi in conjunction with Pooja Talwar. She has co-written an early years curriculum, an accredited postgraduate certificate program for teachers, and screening software that is used in the UK and internationally. Jackie is passionate to see students with additional needs receive the best evidence based support and go on to achieve their ambitions.

DR. SUPRIYA MALIK, Developmental Psychologist

Dr. Supriya Malik completed her PhD in Psychology from University of Birmingham, UK. For the last 12 years she has worked with a range of neurodevelopmental disorders such as Autism, ADHD, Learning Disability etc. in Delhi and the UK, setting up early intervention programmes as well as leading diagnostic services. She is currently the Programme Director and Head Psychologist at London Learning Centre. Along with clinical work, she has been involved in applied research collaborating with researchers from across the world. Her research has been recog- nized the world over, having won the prestigious Pat Howlin Early Career Researcher Award. She believes that the right support can completely change the path of development and is therefore committed to providing evidence-based practices to individuals with additional needs.

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