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Life Skills

Life skills
M. ThomasKishore


Life skills are abilities for adaptive and positive behaviour that enable individuals to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of everyday life (World Health Organisation, 1997: 1). Life skills refer to a broad group of psychosocial and interpersonal skills, which are said to be beyond the generic academic skills and prepare the individual to deal effectively with future demands. Life skills in themselves are not behaviours but the competencies necessary for adult independent living, successful community integration and quality living. Given this perspective life skills are numerous. Few commonly cited life skills are problem-solving skills, decisionmaking skills, communication and interpersonal skills, self-awareness, empathy, coping with stress, leisure and recreational skills.

Key Points

  • Life skill deficits are common to a learning disability.
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