What are lifeskills? What is lifeskills training?

Lifeskills are activities of daily living (ADL). They are also known as self-care skills essential for adult independent living. Basic abilities such as brushing teeth, dressing and undressing, washing hands and face, using the toilet are some of lifeskills.

Training in lifeskillsinclue teaching : Who needs lifeskillstraining?why?

Children or persons who are intellectually challenged require such training. Due to their challenge they often lack many thinking tools and observation skills that help them to learn even some of the basic routine activities. Given such a situation it is important that they be given training in basic self care at the earliest. Although the extent to which they can be trained depends on the severity of their condition,it is still important to look for ways in which they can be encouraged to become increasingly independent.

How is lifeskill training carried out at THEO?

THEO offers lifeskills training programme to special children who are dependent on others for their daily activities. With the aim to make them self reliant and independent as much as possible, training is offered in the above mentioned skills. The training is offered free of charge to the children while the trainers are paid a monthly honorarium by THEO. Each child is assessed before starting the training and the skills that need to be developed are determined. Skills are then prioritisedand the goal (skill) to be achieved is set. Each skill (eating, toileting etc.,) takes about three months to be learnt by a special child. An evaluation (assessment) by an expert (occupational therapist) is done at the end of every three months to see if the skill has been well achieved. Then the next goal (skill) is planned for the child.

What is the benefit / impact of THEO’s lifeskill training programme?

Life becomes easier and happier for special children when they get to be independent and self reliant as much as possible. This is turn takes away the common worry of their parents, “who will take care of my child after me?” and the can rest assured their child can take care of himself/herself.

THEO Activities

  • Lifeskills Training Programme for special children.

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  • Publishing a periodical newsletter 'THEO Speaks...'

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  • Organising recreational programmes.

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