Life skills are very important to living a safe and fulfilling quality of life. Learning life skills can lead to building a history of independence, self-esteem, self-advocacy, self-regulation of healthy choices and learning to cope with stress or anxiety. Puzzle Box Academy implements different life skill programs such as, cooking, hygiene, laundry, restaurant ordering, navigating through the community and fostering and maintaining friendships.
Life skills are taught independently and with peers. By creating these programs, it allows for other skills to be taught in conjunction with the life skill itself. Social communication skills are important for success in life. Sharing and rephrasing of information, understanding multiple meanings to words that depend on content for interpretation, inferring what is not explicitly said and problem solving are all functional communication skills that support increasing the student’s quality of life.