Empowering Struggling Learners with The Soft Skills Needed to Be Able To Maintain A Job
Everyone needs soft skills if they are to maintain a job. People with learning challenges do not acquire skills as easily as other people, but, can be great employees. With the right training, patience, and practice they can master the soft skills needed in any workplace.
Why is it important to empower struggling learners with soft skills to maintain a job?
There is no specified method or set syllabus of learning soft skills. We acquire them naturally through interacting with others. The assumption that kids and young adults naturally learn soft skills is the reason such lessons are not included in the education curriculum.
Unfortunately, due to the different physical and cognitive deficiencies in many young people, they may not learn these skills as naturally as the others. Therefore, they may experience lots of difficulties transitioning from the school set up to the workplace.
Remember, people with various disabilities face a very high unemployment rate compared to their peers without a disability. Therefore, it is important to empower them with these skills. The earlier they start learning these skills the better because it might take longer for them to master them.
Help your child with learning challenges build soft skills
Parents and guardians are in the best position to help children and young adults with challenges to acquire soft skills. Because you know your child’s strengths and weaknesses, you know which skills to build on, and which skills the child already has. Also, this understanding can help come up with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) that addresses the soft skills your child needs to acquire.
To help your child you need to plan an effective life skill learning program. You need to know what to teach and how to deliver it in a way that your child will understand. You can use Dr. Nach’s Online Resources’s innovative lessons to do just that. Our life skills lessons are relevant, engaging, and full of perspective such that the learners can apply what they learn in the real world.
Soft skills people with learning challenges require before joining the workforce
Your child will one day become an adult. At that age, he will need to take care of him(her)self, which involves getting a job. And for them to maintain that job, they need the following soft skills;
- Communication skills– this is the most crucial soft skill in a workplace. Work on the non-verbal communication and make sure child can read and write if possible. Also, teach them the importance of listening, and speaking in ways others understand.
- Lifelong learning skills– learning does not stop after getting a job. So, encourage your child to be willing to learn new things, and encourage them to be flexible to adapt to change.
- Decision-makingskills – when faced with a problem, observe how your child responds and comes up with a solution. Encourage them to make decisions instead of seeking help from an authority.
- Interpersonal skills– these skills include self-advocating and influencing others, conflict resolution, and team building. All these skills are required to effectively interact with others in a workplace.
Please note that learning and acquiring soft skills requires lots of practice, especially for people with learning challenges. Our transitioning, soft skills, and executive functioning programs and counseling/coaching services can help an uncertain future, much more positive.
Dr. Eric Nach, Ph.D., M.Ed., A.S.D. Cert. Developmental and Behavioral Specialist and Associates
5458 Town Center Rd, Suite 7, Boca Raton, FL 33486 561-990-7305