Young people with disabilities, like any young people, want to have friends and to be needed.
Young people enjoy being in public places, in cafes, museums and theaters. They like to visit friends.
But among young people with disabilities, due to intellectual disorders, logic is violated in most cases. They are not always able to get acquainted with others and maintain relationships.
They often lack motivation for purposeful actions. It’s difficult for them to plan and to be responsible for the consequences of their actions.
Daytime activities of teenagers and young people with intellectual disabilities primarily satisfy the needs for social connections, friendship and communication.
In addition to the fact that rewarding daytime activities gives young people with disabilities an opportunity to join social life, it also somehow relieves the burden from their parents: it allows them to work, solve everyday problems and take care of their own health.
Young people with intellectual disabilities experience great difficulties with orientation in the world around them.
Teamwork helps to overcome these difficulties.
At the same time, we are not talking about training communication skills or social and everyday skills. These skills, if not used, disappear quickly.
We are talking about the formation of long-term relationship such as friendship, joint planning and mutual responsibilities.
During useful activities, young people with disabilities develop a positive attitude and interest in studying, communication and work.
Every morning at 10 a.m. we all get together.
The day begins with a “morning circle”. In a light, almost family atmosphere, we greet each other, talk about the weather, our mood, awaken the body, hands and head.
Imperceptibly we practice how to solve difficult for most tasks: we work with the calendar, we plan the day, listen to others and answer questions.
With the help of exercises in articulatory and neuro-gymnastics, we "warm up" the desire for communication, activate attention and quickness of reaction.
In the morning we pay attention to physical exercises.
Thanks to daily isometric exercises we learn to feel better and to feel the space around us. We train muscles, develop strength, attention, concentration, coordination and maintain an overall active physical and psychological state.
All this prepares the group for further educational and labor activities.
Our daily activities include workshops for young people and classes in a school-type group for those who, due to their age (or personal desire) need to attend the educational program.
A common meal is of great importance in a daily activity.
The culture of the common meal itself, as well as the order, the ability to set the table, patience, waiting for one's turn, cleaning the table are essential elements of communication and activities on which relationships are built.
A repetitive daily routine is also important for us, because this consistency helps us to feel safe and secure.