Teaching Teens Life Skills

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Teaching teens life skills requires getting the teen to focus on the teacher, creating an interactive environment and allowing the teen to act out the skill. Help motivate teenagers to want to learn specific life skills with help from a university campus president in this free video on life skills.

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Hi this is Dr. Darren Adamson from Argosy University and today we are going to talk about teaching life skills to teens, a very challenging endeavor. Teens typically are very distracted by a variety of things going through their minds, talking with their friends, seeing the things around them in their environment. So one of the most important things in teaching life skills to teens is to control the environment. Make sure that you set up the environment in such a way that the teen focuses in on you. It is also important to keep in mind that teens learn best in an interactive environment so do things as you teach them the life skill. Don't just have them sit there and listen to you describe it. Make sure you demonstrate it with them. Let them practice it, let them have fun practicing that life skill that you want to teach, whatever that life skill might be, teens love drama. So it is probably not true of every teens but most teens really like to act out the life skill. So let them do that, show them as they act it out, show them where they might be able to modify that particular activity or life skill so that it is much more effective for them and one last thing with teens it is really important to give them hope that that life skill will be successful in their social environment so make sure you tie in the social value of the life skill that you are teaching them then they will be more motivated to really master it. 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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