Adaptive behavior is needed to live independently and function correctly in daily life. Students need to practice adaptive behavior to understand how to have age appropriate behavior with people around. The students practicing adaptive behavior skills can overcome learning disabilities and other challenges.
Every child needs to adapt the adaptive behavioral functioning to become a productive member in the world. Adaptive behavior, many a times, is also referred to as social competence, independent living, independence, or even life skills. It is developing the right life skills like grooming, dressing, avoiding danger, safe food handling, following school rules, managing money, cleaning, and making friends.
With adaptive behavior a person becomes able to work in the society, has social skills to exist in it and understands personal responsibility. Today the children have fewer responsibilities compared to what all the kids did 100 years ago. Then the children used to work in factories, do farming and had to share difficult duties with the family and society at large.
With time society became protective about children giving birth to child protection acts and rights of children to education etc. But this should not allow children to become any less responsible. The parents and teachers need to protect the rights of the children while giving and teaching them age-appropriate duties. The children should engage in adaptive behaviors to become better learners and citizens of the society.
Adaptive behavior assessment leads to evaluations of students to determine their behavioral strengths and weaknesses. So that they can have chances to improve and make their school life and beyond successful. Using questionnaires completed by parents, teachers, social workers, and students one can access the adaptive behavior.