Pre-Vocational Training

Ages: 14 to 20 years

Pre-Vocational Training targets teenagers and young adults aged 14 - 20 years, with developmental intellectual disorder or autism spectrum disorder, once they have completed their compulsory education. 

It is consists of two departments which are comprised of groups / classrooms with 9 individuals.

During their attendance, the service users develop and improve their learning and practical skills so that they can be integrated into the Vocational Training programs. They organize their personality and obtain a better understanding of their capabilities and needs. The aim of the educational and therapy interventions is the global improvement of functioning and social adaption, with the ultimate aim being equal social inclusion.

Pre-Vocational Department 1

Trainee ages: 14 to 17 years

Educational activity planning is based on the teenagers’ experiences, interests and concerns all of which function as the subject of educational processing and action. Each teaching module is approached using cross-curricular teaching methods in combination with experiential – communicative teaching and the use of appropriate educational material/mediums. 

Educational goals:

1. To improve cognitive functions and learning skills: 

  • Attention and concentration 
  • Memory and observation 
  • Critical and abstract thinking 
  • Reading, comprehension and interpretation of written and spoken language in order to obtain general knowledge or specific information 
  • Writing process skills and strategies 
  • Application of arithmetic skills in activities of daily living 
  • General knowledge enrichment with subjects such as Environment, Culture, Health, Road Safety Education, Current Affairs etc. 
  • Basic economical exchanges (money management for food purchases etc.) 
  • Time management (integration of activities into the daily program) 

 

2. To improve self-care, communication, independency and functional interaction skills, with a focus on: 

  • Acquisition of basic habits in personal care and appearance as well the assimilation of self-care skills. 
  • Comprehension and use of social rules, habits and conventions, and flexibility in solving social problems / dilemmas / interpersonal relations. 
  • Development and improvement of social and communication skills. 
  • Development of the concept of cooperation. 
  • Development of personal expression and the understanding of others in order to create quality relationships in various social situations. 
  • Improvement of self-esteem and self-perception. 
  • Identification and management of emotions. 
  • Empowerment of imagination and creativity. 
  • Recognition of rights and obligations, recognition of personal responsibility in various activities and the achievement of safe and independent living. 
  • Creative use of free time and stimulation of the imagination through creative activities. 
  • Autonomy in the completion of educational activities. 
  • Fine motor skills improvement. 
  • Improvement of practical and creative skills as well as functional use of materials and tools (planning, organization, completion of the Cooking program on a weekly basis, management and cleaning of teaching areas). 

Pre-Vocational Department 2

Trainee ages: 17 to 20 years

This Pre-Vocational Department’s programs focus mainly on exercising practical skills, training young adults in the following areas: 

  • Acquisition of basic habits in personal care and appearance as well as their use in the individual’s daily life. 
  • Comprehension and use of social rules, habits and conventions, and flexibility in solving social problems / dilemmas. 
  • Encouragement of imagination through creative activities. 
  • General knowledge enrichment with subjects such as Environment, Culture, Health, Road Safety Education, Current Affairs etc. 
  • Consolidation and generalization of learning skills through everyday activities, such as learning about money and its correct management. 
  • Improvement of fine motor skills and movement coordination 
  • Acquisition of knowledge/habits with regards to work behavior and compliance with safety rules. 
  • Recognition of the value of work and respect for personal work 
  • Personal safety and accident avoidance 
  • Attention-concentration improvement and completion of work undertaken 
  • Improvement of practical and creative skills as well as functional use of materials and tools. 
  • Organization and completion of work 
  • Working independently 
  • Career orientation based on the individual's functionality, desires, inclinations and interests. 

 

Our young adults are given the opportunity to come into contact with wooden constructions and woodwork, clay, plaster, cooking, cultivation and care of plants, handmade and seasonal crafts, embroidery, weaving on looms, sewing, organizing and cleaning work areas. They understand the requirements of each job separately, they express their preferences, they assess themselves and their abilities in various activities and choose the workshop where they wish to be trained.