Teaching Life Skills to Adults

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When teaching life skills to adults, first discuss the life skill, then demonstrate the skill and finally help the person practice the skill. Offer encouragement and celebrate life skills learned by adults with advice from a university campus president in this free video on life skills.

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Hi. I'm Dr. Darren Adamson from Argosy University. Today we're going to talk about teaching life skills to an adult. It's very important to keep in mind with adults that they're independent. Independent thinkers, independent in the decisions that they make about their lives. And often, when a person needs to learn life skills, something has occurred in their life that has thrown them off balance. So it's particularly important to remember that the person that you are dealing with is an adult. In teaching them a life skill, one of the best methods is to use a direct approach. Simply talk about the life skill that they need to learn. Talking about it gives them a foundation about that life skill. Then the next step is to show them. Show them that life skill. Show them how they can develop that life skill. Help them develop some hope. And third, practice. Practice with them. Let them do the life skill. As you observe them doing it, tweak it. Show them a little bit better approach that might work better for them, until they feel like they've mastered that particular life skill. Then finally, reinforce them for having learned that life skill so that they can apply it when you're not there. For more information, contact me through Argosy.edu. Find the Salt Lake City campus and call me at that phone number.

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