Areas of Preparation
Some of the aspects that are covered in employment preparation for students with intellectual disabilities are:
Children may require training in basic literacy. Sight reading, identifying their name and writing it, identifying and writing their address are some of the tasks.
Children will require training in simple calculations, use of a calculator, counting, sorting, arranging in numerical order etc. Skills in weighing, and measuring are also very useful.
Children will require training in producing neat and quality work, punctuality and regularity, reporting once a task is completed, correct use and maintenance of tools and other materials. They also need to know and learn about the behavior that is expected at the workplace.
Children will need to learn to relate to their supervisor and colleagues, ask and answer questions and build relationships with others. In addition, the child must be taught to accept criticism from the supervisor and to express frustration in an acceptable way.
Exposure to different occupations and work tasks:
While preparing for employment, the child must be exposed to a variety of work tasks. This will help teachers and family to understand more about the aptitude and skills of the child.