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FUNCTIONAL CURRICULUM

Focuses on “student centered” rather than “content centered” activities. Skills are taught relating to individual students’ needs; build on real life experiences. (e.g., building basic math skills focus on balancing a checkbook or following a recipe); emphasizes problem solving allowing generalization and carryover of skills; provides small groups or individual activities. Skill training is individualized and specific. Small groups are used when skills common to several individuals are addressed, particularly in social, recreational and leisure areas; permits students to acquire skills through active participation in the task at hand. Activities focus on practical, every day, “hands-on” experiences.

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