What are the most important goals for our learners to achieve by the time they reach adulthood?  Most professionals agree that the long term goals of education for their students include being employable and living as independently as possible.  Social, communication and recreational skills are all necessary for increased independence as well as overall improved quality of life. Students with developmental delays take longer to learn skills, so where do we want to spend valuable time?  Those of us in charge of providing instruction need to be vigilant about choosing and systematically addressing the most important lessons. Functional Activities, one of the four elements that make up the base of the Pyramid Approach to Education, are a core feature of optimal learning environments. Our team can provide focused support in-class to help you specifically improve this vital area of instruction.  We can assist you and your team to identify and design activities as well as specific goals to ensure your learners are truly on the road to increased independence.