The Penn Hall Lifeskills Centre aims to be a place where young people can have fun whilst learning how to be as independent as possible. The room itself is innovative with a range of special needs technologies and is attractive as well as functional.
The use of environmental control systems provides access for all students through controllers or communication aids. Structured sessions enable students to practise access skills which are needed to carry out meaningful tasks that will be beneficial for future transitions into independence and adulthood.
Students begin to feel empowered and motivated with increased success in completing tasks independently. Confidence grows leading to increased interaction and communication skills.
Social skills are developed through turn-taking activities and shared experiences. Knowledge is also increased from the basic understanding of cause and effect, to control of the environment, being aware of behaving responsibly for everyone’s safety and security and using domestic devices for real purposes.
The use of our life skills facility will literally open doors for many of our young people who strive to be in control of their own lives.