I have been working with many children with different level of learning difficulties. They are between the age of 5 to 8 years old. Most of them have very low self confidence and behavioral problems. I’ve discovered beside encouragement and motivation (which are very important), there are other practical ways we could apply to help these children to build on their self confidence. Hope you find the article below useful for your pursuit to make a difference to your child or other children with learning difficulties.
by Phoebe L
Self-confidence is having confidence and being sure of oneself own value and abilities. In view of the difficulties a dyslexic child maybe experiencing peer pressure and familyʼs expectation on him/herself, a dyslexia child usually has low self confidence instead.
In order to help the dyslexic child to overcome their difficulties, firstly we need to help him/her to build a basic foundation to be secured and have self confidence.
A dyslexic child needs to be accepted as who he/she is. Itʼs important that adults i.e. parents, care taker and teachers who are in direct contact daily with the child need to be positive, encouraging in words and actions.
The followings are some of the ways the adults could help to improve a dyslexic childʼs self confidence:
Example of a Confidence Building Exercise
|Things that I am good at||Things that I have difficulty doing up until now|
looking after my rabbits
getting on well with other children
clearing the table
making people laugh
being friendly to grandpa
knowing about space and the planets
Having mentioned some of the ways to improve a dyslexic childʼs self confidence, it is important that we always look for creative ways to help him/her to overcome the difficulties and discover his/her compensation strengths and talents with positive and loving approach. Therefore, I believe positive partnership between parents, teachers and school play a great role in building the self confidence of a dyslexic child.