Active Choice (Day Services)
SASI provides Active Choices (previously known as Day Services) for 120 adults (18 years and over) in Seaford, Frankston, Croydon and Gippsland.
Clients usually attend a special development school before transitioning to SASI Active Choices. They may live at home in a family environment or in one of SASI’s group accommodation homes. They may also come from care within another accommodation service.
SASI’s programs run from Monday to Friday. Each program is diverse offering community and in-house activities aimed at building a client’s skills and confidence.
Clients often think of day service like “going to work.”
However, the programs focus on developing skills in:
- Social interaction
- Independent living
Each client undergoes an assessment to determine their goals. Clients then receive a program (PCP) delivering steps for realising these goals, which also make the journey enjoyable.
Clients then build capacity through SASI’s collective planning process. The focus is on the individual’s gifts, talents and skills rather than their misgivings. Clients receive more opportunities to engage in community activities to gain an overall sense of belonging.
Activities can include:
- Meals on wheels
- Domestic maintenance
- Lawn mowing
- Community kitchen
- Health and fitness at the gym
- Computers and literacy
- Movie club
Additional wellbeing programs are also on offer. These include sensory rooms, yoga and relaxation.
A person centered plan is about
Who the person is
Who is in their life
What can be done collectively (E.g. parents and 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 this 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 Centred 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.
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 communication 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, or
- 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
- Community Participation 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 Staying
- 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 be 18 years or older, with an intellectual/learning disability and will be individually assessed as to their abilities and needs.
At some sites SASI clients are responsible for Meals on Wheels delivery routes each week. Beachlynn was recently awarded a 15-year certificate for services to the City of Frankston for delivering this win-win outcome. Clients develop important skills in dealing with different situations and can contribute to the community.
Art and music also prove popular because they give clients creative self-expression.
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.
I love the music program because it’s awesome. I get to dance, sing and move to songs.Mel – Loves music
I love using Google to search my favourite celebrities, trains and old cars.Chance – Into IT and likes working on computers
I help to make afternoon tea for the group and choose the recipes we cook.Malcolm – Enjoys the sensory cooking program
SASI Active Choices operate from Monday to Friday 46 weeks of the year. Outside of this time clients enjoy SASI’s recreation programs. In some cases, parents will access respite.