Building Self Esteem
in your Special Needs Child.
Building Self Esteem in your Special Needs Child, is an important step in their
We often hear it being said that children learn what they live.
So, if you're looking for a place to start helping your child build positive self esteem and self value, then you should show them your
positive sense of self and strong self esteem.
Be positive when you speak about yourself and highlight your strengths. Don't be afraid to admit when you are wrong, and to say that
you are sorry.
This will teach your child that it's okay to be proud of their talents, skills and abilities, but also okay to admit when they are wrong.
The above statement is especially true for children with special needs. As they grow older they will start noticing that they are
different from other children. If they are developmentally delayed, they will notice that they arent able to do the things that other
children, there age are doing. They will notice if they are the only child in a wheelchair, speak differently or even look different
from other children.
That is why it is so important to concentrate on the skills and abilities they do they do have, from an early age.
Focus on what they can do, and praise them for this. This is the best way to guide them to accepting who they are and being a happy,
well adjusted child even in the face of adversity.
Your child also benefits greatly from honest and positive praise,essential steps in building self esteem.
Find something about them to praise each day. You could even give your child a task to do that you know they can complete and then
praise them for a job well done after they're finished.
Show your child that positive acts merit positive praise.
When your child's feeling sad, angry or depressed, common emotions in special needs children, Communicate openly, honestly and
patiently with them.
Listen to them without judging or criticizing.
They may not fully understand why they feel the way they do, so the opportunity to communicate with you about it may be what's needed
to help them sort through a difficult situation.
Suggest positive behaviours and options as solutions, and make sure to leave that door of communication open so they know the next time
they feel badly, they can come to you for help and know that you won't judge or punish them for how they're feeling.
Teach your child the importance of setting goals and developing a plan to meet that goal and complete that task.
Small projects are the best to start off with in the beginning. Ensure that it's an appropriate task for your child, and not too
Don't only give praise at the end of the project, but praise their accomplishments during the project as well.
Most importantly, tell your child "I love you" each and every day - many times throughout the day, in fact.
When they've behaved badly, remind yourself that it's not them you don't like, only their
Tuck short, sweet notes in their lunchboxes or coat pockets, or even send them a card in the mail.
Soon, they'll learn to say "I love you" just as easily and honestly in return.
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