Life skills are those skills that are needed and used in everyday life situations in which a person finds himself/herself. Cronin, Patton, and Wood (2007) organize life skills in a top-down fashion as indicated in the figure on the left. Key elements of the model are explained below:
Adult Domains: Employment/Education; Home and Family; Community Involvement; Physical/Emotional Health; Leisure Pursuits; Personal Responsibility and Relationships
Major Life Demands: 146 major life demands represent the events or activities typically encountered by most adults in everyday life. All of the major life demands can be downloaded -- see below.
Specific Life Skills: are specific competencies (i.e., knowledge, skills, application) of local and cultural relevance needed to perform everyday activities in a variety of settings typically encountered by most individuals.
Source: Cronin, M. E., Patton, J. R., & Wood, S. J. (2007). Life skills instruction. Austin: PRO-ED.
James R Patton, Ed.D.
Department of Special Education
University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX 78712
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