Build valuable skills with our Active Choice Program
Available for adults over 18 years of age
What is the Active Choice Program?
Our Active Choice Program focuses on developing the key skills of communication, social interaction and independent living.
Previously known as Day Services, this popular program offers a diverse mix of activities in-house or amongst the community. Often described by clients as like “going to work”, the program focuses on the individual’s gifts, talents and skills rather than their misgivings. By receiving more opportunities to engage in community activities, clients gain an overall sense of belonging and fulfillment.
Who does this program suit?
- Adults 18 years and over
- Clients transitioning from a special development school
- Clients living at home in a family environment or in one of SASI’s group accommodation homes
- Clients from other accommodation services
When & where is the program run?
- Monday to Friday
- Seaford, Frankston, Croydon, Gippsland
Activities can include:
- Meals on Wheels
- Domestic Maintenance
- Lawn Mowing
- Community Kitchen
- Health & Fitness
- Movie Club
- Computers & Literacy
Additional wellbeing programs are also on offer. These include sensory rooms, yoga and relaxation.
How do you determine which activities are best for each client?
Through the development of an individual plan also referred to as a Person Centered Plan.
A Person Centered Plan is all about…
Who the person is
Who is in their life
What can be done collectively (eg. parents, carers)
Achieving a better life for the person now
Mapping out a better future
Achieving personal goals
Providing structure and routine to reduce stress
Defining what to expect
How is the plan achieved?
Each client receives a personalised weekly timetable, which provides different activities each day. These are undertaken in small groups of between five and ten people based on their Person Centered Plan. SASI’s activity programs vary between sites. Each is determined by the needs and abilities of the client. All programs are designed to help clients develop similar skills.
At some sites SASI clients are responsible for Meals on Wheels delivery routes each week. Beachlynn was recently awarded a 15-year certificate to services to the City of Frankston for delivering this win-win outcome. Clients develop important skills in dealing with different situations and can contribue to the community.
Art and music also prove popular because they give clients creative self-expression.
Many of our clients’ behavioural issues stem from frustration. They are often not able to communicate their wants and needs. SASI’s specialist communication officer works with clients to find appropriate and effective commuication aids.
- A speech pathologist may be used to build a child’s speaking ability
- Visual clients may be given their daily timetable in diagram format
- Flash cards might help a client remember how to make a cup of coffee
- iPads can be used as a tool to develop communication skills
- Drama and music programs can build confidence through role playing
- Excursions help clients interact with members of the public who are outside of their circle
Skills Development Program
SASI is committed to providing a Skills Development Program, offering people with ASDS the opportunity to develop and build on skills that can lead to increased independence, a greater capacity for social and community engagement and boost confidence and self-belief.
The skills development program is a 12 month course for individuals with high functioning intellectual disabilities or learning deficits. This program is specific to students who require support with learning & social skills and in discovering potential pathways in regards to further developing independent living & vocational skills and community engagement and participation. The lessons and activities within this course will be coordinated and will focus on achieving personal goals and desired outcomes in the areas of:
- post secondary education
- vocational education
- integrated employment (including supported employment)
- independent living
- community participation
Whilst this course will assist and support students in being able to ‘transition’ or move ahead, it is not specifically focused on securing paid employment, but in developing skills applicable to employability, meaningful community engagement and personal independence.
AREAS OF LEARNING INCLUDE:
- Community Participationg and Engagement
- Planning for the Future and Pathways to Achieve
- Work Readiness
- Basic Computer Skills and Understanding Social Media
- Money Sense
- Travel Training
- Health and Well-Being
- Communication Skills
- Safe OH&S Knowledge
- Life Foundations
The Skills Development Program has been developed over two tiers of learning:
Participants with the potential to follow career pathways, attain employability skills and seek work, paid or voluntary.
Participants seeking knowledge and skills in living independently and in developing meaningful and practical community engagement and participation.
All participants must 18 years or older, with an intellectual/learning disability and will be individually assessed as to their abilities and needs.
Parents and carers receive daily feedback via a communication book. The entries build trust and rapport between SASI staff, parents and carers. For those who struggle with communication, notes in the communication book help parents and carers start a meaningful conversation about the day’s activities.