Lifeskills are defined as skills that can be used every day, in different environments. These skills focus on different areas such as home (cooking, cleaning, etc.) family, self-help (bathing, brushing teeth, dressing, grooming), employment, recreation, community involvement, health, and functional academics. All students with disabilities benefit from life skills training as it gives them important tools to use in their adult life.
Functional Academics are also important for children with disabilities, who may not be able to learn age and grade appropriate academics. Functional Academics are defined as academic areas that will be used by the student for the rest of their life. For example: Reading (read signs; stop, go, men, women, or read a recipe), Math (money, grocery shopping, making change, budget), and Health (grooming, oral hygiene, planning healthy meals).
Children with disabilities need to learn Lifeskills as these skills will help them become as independent as possible, as an adult. For example, every child eats, and being able to cook or prepare simple foods will help them be more independent. If children learn simple household chores, those skills can turn into job skills when they get older. Learning life skills is critical for all children with disabilities. They will gain pride by being able to be as independent as possible, by helping to support themselves by working, and by learning how to handle the money they earn.
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