6 July 2018
Developing and Enhancing the Life Skills of Young People – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Amber Hall
What are Life Skills?
The range of life skills are extensive and will vary from person to person depending upon a number of factors, including:
• Health/support needs (e.g. mobility);
• Family and informal supports; and
• Location of home and support services (e.g. school etc).
There are a number of important areas in which young people can develop life skills, including daily life/self care, health, communication, social skills/leisure and recreation and school/work/volunteering. Life skills can be introduced slowly and built upon over time. The development and enhancement of these life skills will contribute towards a young persons independence, confidence, happiness and general wellbeing.
Assistance with Daily Life/Self Care
• Personal hygiene – showering, brushing teeth, use of deodorant and dressing;
• Personal environments – assistance to manage home environment, e.g. making beds and food preparation; and
• Shopping required for everyday life.
• Education about healthy food options;
• Cooking; and
• Daily exercise, from gentle to vigorous; and
• Developing communication skills on a 1:1 level and in groups; and
• Engaging in group activities like music and drama where communication is a key element.
Social Skills/Leisure and Recreation
• Community participation – attending community facilities, e.g. a library or swimming pool; and
• Participating in fitness, sport, recreational and leisure groups.
• Assistance with school, e.g. homework assistance and after-school activities; and
• Assistance with work and volunteering, e.g. attendance at a workplace, volunteer organisation.
Interchange Australia provides a wide range of services that can assist young people to develop and enhance life skills, including personal care, domestic assistance, cooking and dinner groups, sports and leisure activities such as tenpin bowling and golf, drama groups and music groups, weekend activities and outings and school holiday programs. We also provide an opportunity for young people to volunteer with local organisations, engage in work experience with local businesses and engage in training courses and ongoing education. For more information, please call 1300 112 334.