Life Skills Training
At Bright Futures Academy life skills training is an important goal for students of all ages. Elementary students are exposed to toilet training, hygiene training such as tooth brushing, washing hands and respecting other student’s space. Middle school students start learning to work in groups, to maintain good grooming habits, and to respect other’s privacy. Once students reach their 12-16 birthday they start to be introduced to pre-vocational training that ultimately will lead them to obtain supportive or competitive employment. Many students at Bright Futures are employed and receive regular pay checks which in turn provide them with an opportunity to develop further like skills such as maintaining a budget and using a bank account.
Teaching techniques for life skills training are based on Applied Behavior Analysis and include discrete trail training, task analysis, incidental teaching and video modeling.
Adult and peer coaching strategies are used throughout all phases of life skills training.