As they say, we learn what we see and when our children come to us after living on the streets, they only know survival skills. Some of the main skills we teach are:
The first four skills are the first ones taught to the children when they arrive at Casa Hogar. Once these skills are used on a daily basis, together, with the kids, we look at their individual strengths and weaknesses to determine future skills to develop. Such skills might include personal hygiene, boundaries, expressing feelings, etc. We do not know what the future holds for each child, but we want to prepare them by teaching them as many skills as we can.
The children like learning these skills because they understand the important role that they will play in the future. Our children, as all kids, have hopes for the future and we teach them that learning these skills will help them to reach their goals in the future.
What is often the case is that the person was never properly taught such social skills and therefore lacks them. One of the main purposes of the Family Teachers’ job is to teach social, academic, and independent living skills to our youth so that they will be able to interact with many people in many different situations. These are just the basic skills that children growing up in a healthy family will learn by example.
Another main element of the Program is teaching kids social skills. So often, we take for granted the courtesy in our interactions with others that when one is met with someone who doesn’t practice asking for things; saying thank you; following instructions; accepting no for an answer, etc., one dismisses it as being rude or ill-mannered.