A functional curriculum is one that provides each student with the opportunity to develop his or her level of personal independence and dignity. It is age-appropriate, comprehensive, community-referenced and future oriented.
of the Functional Skills Guide
Age Appropriate Scope & Sequence
The philosophy of this guide is that all students, no matter how severe their disability, can learn skills that are beneficial now and in the future. This curriculum focuses on the instruction of age-appropriate skills that are useful and instructed at home, at school, and in the community. The curriculum also emphasizes interactions with non-disabled persons in all environments. Family involvement and support are necessary in planning the students' programs.
The goal of the curriculum is to prepare students to lead active lives in integrated living, community, occupational , and recreational settings. Throughout their school experience students will be provided needed support to participate in a wide range of activities that will enable them to progress toward functioning at their fullest degree of independence.
The Iowa City Curriculum Guide for Students with Moderate & Severe/Profound Disabilities, 1989
A Case for Teaching Functional Skills
|Special School District of St. Louis
Our mission is to provide and promote the highest quality special and vocational education to the St. Louis community emphasizing individual growth, self-esteem and respect for all students.
Developed by the
Functional Skills Action Committee
Special School District of St. Louis County