List of Life Skills

Click on any of the categories below for a list of related skills.

Self Care
  • Proper grooming
    • Bathing
    • Showering
    • Haircuts
    • Styling hair
    • Getting dressed
    • Tying shoes
  • Proper Hygiene
    • Toileting/Potty training
    • Oral Hygiene
    • Adolescent Hygiene
    • Sneezing, coughing, blowing nose
    • Mask wearing
  • Dress appropriately
    • Season
    • Weather
    • Coordinating colors and patterns
    • Social situation, work, uniform
  • Good lifestyle habits
    • Proper amount of sleep
    • Manage screen time
    • Avoid substance abuse
    • Maintain physical fitness, nutrition and weight
    • Prevent illness
    • Get to school, work or appointments on time
Daily Living
  • Basic housekeeping tasks
    • Sweep
    • Mop
    • Vacuum
    • Dust
    • Do dishes
    • Clean bathrooms
    • Take out trash
    • Change bed sheets
    • Set up routines
  • Healthcare
    • Recognize signs of illness
    • Treat minor illness at home
    • Basic first aid
    • Know how to obtain health care
    • Care for, use, and maintain prosthetic devices or sensory aids
  • Recognize potential problems
    • Recognize signs of illness
    • Identify location of pain
    • Identify unfamiliar odors
    • Identify unfamiliar sounds
  • Safety
    • Identify safety signs
    • Know how to evacuate a building in an emergency
    • Understand basic safety procedures
    • Obey safety rules when walking or riding a bicycle
  • Food
    • Plan meals
    • Shop for food
      • Read labels
      • Compare prices
      • Pay at register
    • Clean food preparation areas
    • Follow recipes
    • Basic knowledge of balanced nutrition
    • Store food properly
    • Demonstrate proper eating habits
    • Drink plenty of water
  • Clothing and Laundry
    • Wash clothing
    • Use dryer or hang clothes
    • Iron and mend clothing
    • Use dry cleaner
    • Use laundromat
    • Purchase clothing
    • Recognize unwearable clothing
  • Use tools
    • Scissors
    • Pliers
    • Hammer
    • Screwdriver
    • Wrench
    • Other tools
Social Skills
  • Self Identity
    • Identify physical and psychological needs
    • Identify interests and abilities
    • Identify emotions
    • Demonstrate knowledge of physical self
    • Use appropriate methods to cope with stress
    • Express feelings of self-worth
    • Describe others’ perception of self
    • Develop confidence in self
  • Developing Relationships with Others
    • Accept and give praise
    • Accept and give criticism
    • Demonstrate listening and responding skills
    • Develop respect for the rights and property of others
    • Identify both verbal and nonverbal communication
  • Making Friends
    • Demonstrate knowledge of important character traits
    • Be a friend to others
    • Read social cues and respond appropriately
    • Participate in conversation with a give and take
    • Practice common courtesies: kindness, sharing, understanding, taking turns
  • Outside of the home
    • Demonstrate proper behavior, manners and social etiquette
      • public places
      • dating
      • eating out
    • Recognize authority and follow instructions
  • Identify and distinguish the proper way to answer and use the telephone
Adulting
  • Count money and make correct change
  • Use technology
  • Perform or arrange for home maintenance
  • Financial skills
    • Manage a savings and checking account
    • Maintain a personal budget and keep records
    • Demonstrate personal finance decision-making skills
    • Make responsible expenditures
    • Calculate and pay taxes
    • Use credit responsibly
    • Pay bills on time
    • Deal with renting or leasing
  • Demonstrate knowledge of civil rights and responsibilities
    • Get legal aid
    • Report a crime
    • Register with Selective Service at age 18
    • Demonstrate knowledge of local, state, and federal governments
    • Demonstrate knowledge of the law and ability to follow the law
    • Demonstrate knowledge of citizen rights and responsibilities
    • Vote
    • Demonstrate knowledge of available community resources
  • Choose and plan activities
    • Demonstrate knowledge of the value of recreation
    • Engage in group and individual activities
    • Plan vacation time
    • Plan a social event
    • Engage in hobbies, sports, music, arts and crafts
  • Travel and transportation
    • Differentiate between right side and left side, front and back, to demonstrate location.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of traffic rules and safety
    • Demonstrate knowledge and use of many means of transportation including carpools
    • Understand and use a map, GPS
    • Drive a car; obtain a learner’s permit, then a driver’s license
    • Obtain car insurance
    • Use the bus system
    • Use ride share like Uber
    • Get around the community and be able to travel. 
    • Cope with changes in travel schedule
    • Cope with being lost
    • Follow travel safety procedures
  • Take responsibility
    • Do things without help
    • Accept responsibility for actions
    • Cope with changes
    • Seek assistance when needed
    • Recognize problems
    • Anticipate consequences
    • Develop and evaluate alternatives
    • Develop goals, solutions, and plans
    • Recognize and respond to emergency situations

Job Skills
  • Preparing for the Work Force
    • Maintain post school occupational adjustment
    • Attend prevocational learning stations or centers
    • Take advantage of in-school work experiences
    • Take advantage of volunteer experiences
    • Serve in community rotations
    • Take advantage of work/study services
    • Take advantage of the Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA)
    • Attend vocational classrooms
    • Obtain special vocational education
    • Obtain on-the-job training
    • Explore occupational possibilities
    • Locate sources of occupational and instructional information
    • Investigate local occupational and instructional opportunities in the community; make site visitations
  • Choosing a job or career path
    • Classify jobs into categories
    • Make realistic occupational choices
    • Identify requirements of appropriate and available jobs
    • Identify occupational aptitudes
    • Identify main occupational interests
    • Identify major occupational needs
  • Getting a job
    • Search for a job
    • Apply for a job
    • Interview for a job
    • Identify personal values met through work
    • Identify societal values met through work
    • Identify the rewards of work
  • Skills for a good work ethic
    • Follow directions and observe regulations
    • Recognize the importance of attendance and punctuality
    • Recognize the importance of supervision
    • Demonstrate knowledge of safety
    • Demonstrate knowledge of competitive standards
    • Know how to adjust to changes in employment
    • Demonstrate stamina and endurance
    • Demonstrate satisfactory balance and coordination
    • Demonstrate manual dexterity
    • Demonstrate sensory discrimination
    • Meet demands for high-quality work
    • Work at a satisfactory rate
  • Being a good coworker
    • Work well with others
    • Do things without help
    • Accept responsibility for actions
    • Cope with changes
    • Seek assistance when needed
    • Work through problems
    • Use appropriate channels for grievances