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November 05, 2009

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Simon Yaritza

Yes I am agree with the point given in blog.As a parents this is our responsibility to give our children a better future and help them being a good and cultured person.

pine

It would be interesting to hear from some parents whose children are now grown; what life skills turned out to be essential, which ones are maybe not so essential but valued; which ones could have been skipped over? Having had two family friends with significant cognitive disabilities, now in their 20's, I can see that hindsight is 20-20!!! but some reservations that their parents had way back when, turned out to have merit. On the other hand, some opportuities to teach skilsl that are very necessary, were missed. I do have to say that ignoring life skills just because they are hard to teach in an inclusive classroom, would have been a disaster for both of these young people.

M.D.

I read that with interest. He claims that a lot of non-disabled people pay others to cook, shop, and clean for them. This is true. But that takes money. From where is this money coming? Most of the kids I teach are as poor as church mice.

Children do needs extensive interaction with their peers in school and in the wider community. HOwever, some children with disablities also need targeted instruction in lifeskills. People who are independent as possible have a better quality of life and are happier than those who are not as independent.

What I'd like to see happen is for the schools to put back shop classes, home ec (where they actually read and sew and not the text book based classes they have now), auto repair, and all the other classes for ALL the students.

paula rich

I agree with the writer life skills are more important for children with disabilities. Certainly all schools should have this as an essential part of there curriculum. We really can not expect children and students to do well in any area unless they are taught and equipped with the skills to do so. In the same way that we prepare students for the world of academics they should also be equipped with the tools to function in the world on a daily basis.

D

I read "Life Skills Don't Bring Happiness" by Colleen F. Tomko. It comes off as a misguided rant to me. Just because a student is in a life skills track doesn't mean they can't have social experiences or be part of the community. Part of adequate life skills training is socialization. Often the students get upset when having to learn a new skill, but they get over it. It's called frustration level and it's one way you know your making progress. Many of the students I have worked with have trouble dealing with their frustration because they are never frustrated at home...they have no responsibilities... things are handed to them on a silver platter.

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