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Ergotherapy

A structured schedule of programmes and daily activities

In the institute the clients regularly participate in ergotherapy organised according to a structured schedule of programmes and daily activities. When doing everyday work new skills, such as responsibility, discipline, persistence, steadfastness and other non-specific elements of working activities in general can be learnt. Thus, all the activities belonging to the everyday life of the institute are carried out by the clients (shopping, cooking, washing, cleaning, etc.), which serves as a motivation to engage in the course of work activities necessary to maintain any kind of community. The clients are also involved in activities which do not match the pattern set forth by the traditional male-female roles (e.g.: men in the kitchen), this way the generally accepted gender roles are reconsidered and their traditional, firm establishment is declined.57