Intermediate Phase

In the intermediate phase the focus shifts to achieving better independence in the home, classroom and in the community. Basic reading, writing and math skills are taught. Very often parents are stunned by the change in a passive child who suddenly starts helping at home, knowing how to do simple tasks and confidently taking a special role at the home, such as cleaning the table after supper.

Self Help
Table Habits and Dining: The easiest outcome is that the learner can dish up for himself and others safely and without messing. This is graded to also including ordering in a restaurant, cooking a simple balanced meal for himself, and cooking a simple balanced meal for 2 to 4 people (with help in planning.)
Toilet and Grooming: The learner is expected to care for his nails and hair independently, clean the bathroom and toilet, do personal washing, choose clothing for specific weather conditions and for outings. He should also be able to fold and put away his own clothing. Girls are taught to care for themselves during menstruation and boys are taught to shave.
Health and Hygiene: Basic safety rules are taught, including water safety and treating superficial injuries. Learners are also taught about pregnancy, birth control, HIV/Aids, and the importance of protected sex.
Home Management: Learners are expected to look after their own room and belongings, wash dishes, shop for basic items at a supermarket, draw money with assistance and grow a vegetable garden.

Functional Academics
Language: Learners are expected to listen to full instructions before starting a task, use alternative communication systems if appropriate, communicate name and surname, reply to simple questions and relate everyday experiences.
Differences: The learner knows and differentiates between boys and girls, colours, sizes, time of day, days of the week, read time to the hour and associate certain events with certain times of day.
Number Work: Number work starts with knowing the difference between one and many, and progresses to adding and subtracting to a total of 13. Rote counting to 30, recognising coins and adding to make a total of 20c, reading numbers to 10 and arranging objects in size order are also included.
Paper and Pencil Work: The learner can hold a pencil, copy and draw graded shapes, read, write and recognise his own name, surname and age, read and write numbers to 20, read and recognise words of everyday vocabulary.
Note: The requirements for these are the same as in the Foundation Phase. This is because learners often have to progress to the Intermediate Phase due to age and they have not yet fully achieved all the outcomes.

Social Courtesies and Relationships: The learners are taught to display good manners and appropriate behaviours when meeting and interacting with familiar persons and strangers. Learners are taught to care for a pet. Appropriate behaviour in different social settings is also taught.
Verbal and Non-Verbal Communication: Learners are expected to carry out 3 instructions in order, repeat a story, use a public telephone or cell phone, have a conversation on a familiar topic with a friend and a stranger and to react appropriately to non-verbal expressions of another person.

Leisure Activities: The learners are expected to participate in different activities, including music, dancing, games, hobbies, arts & crafts and competitive or non-competitive sport. Higher expectations include that the learner knows how to spend his free time, participate in chosen activities on a regular basis and how to become an active member of a club or organisation.
Prevocational Skills: These skills include knowing and using basic tools and equipment found in and around the home, basic sewing/mending, maintaining pot plants or garden, washing a car inside and outside, cleaning and tidying a room methodically, painting a wall.