Teaching Life Skills to Developmental Students

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To teach life skills to developmental students, understand their student's functioning level, speak on their level, demonstrate the skill and have the student repeat the demonstration. Modify teaching style and demonstrations to fit each student's individual learning style with help from a university campus president in this free video on life skills.

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Hi, this is Doctor Darren Adamson from Argosy University. Today I'm going to talk with you about teaching life skills to those who have developmental challenges. That can occur in a school setting with a student who has a developmental challenge, such as a learning disability. With anyone with a developmental challenge, one has to keep in mind that teaching a life skill has to be at the level of the student. You can't teach a life skill the same way to every single individual. With developmentally delayed students, or developmentally delayed adults, it's important to understand their level of functioning. Make sure that you understand what they can grasp and what they can't...their limitations as well as their strengths and then tailor your approach to those limitations and those strengths. One of the best things to keep in mind with the developmentally delayed individual is to talk slowly, to talk at their level, use language that is at their level, and then also demonstrate the skill that you're trying to teach. Show them, let them show you, and then make modifications to that particular life skill that they're attempting to learn until they master it and then by all means, the most important thing is when they master it, celebrate with them so that they they can keep that particular skill that they've developed. For more information, contact me through: argosy.edu. Look for the Salt Lake City Campus and call me at that phone number.

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