How to Define Life Skills

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Life skills are defined as any action or activity that an individual needs to engage in to feel and life independently. Discover important life skills, such as being able to communicate and interact with others, using information from a university campus president in this free video on life skills.

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Hello, I'm Dr. Darren Adamson from Argosy University. Today I want to share with you some ideas related to life skills and the teaching of life skills. Life skills are really defined as any action or activity that an individual need to engage in so that they can feel independent. So that they can do things in their life as they choose rather than having to rely on others to get those things done for them. Let me give you an example. Say an individual that is physically disabled, they have to be in a wheelchair. It's helping that individual to develop these skills necessary to be mobile to get around to do what they want to do. Another example may be an individual who is challenged with learning disabilities. Again, life skills would be able to assist them in understanding how they might be able to learn in an environment that is conducive to overcoming the learning disability that they may have. Life skills may be something as simple as learning how to communicate with others, how to interact with others, it may be also learning how to feed oneself after a brain injury or something of that nature. Life skills again really run the entire gamut. The challenge is or the goal is, to teach life skills in a way that is applicable to the person learning them. For more information, contact me at argosy.edu. Look for the Salt Lake City campus and call me at that phone number.

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