Building Self-Esteem With Worksheets and Activities

Children with learning disabilities often suffer from poor self-image

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Children with learning disabilities often struggle to build self-esteem, but family values, worksheets and other activities can give them the confidence boost they sorely need. Self-esteem is important for all children to have, but youth with learning disabilities notoriously struggle in this area because of the unique challenges they face.

Students with learning disabilities tend to have difficulty in school and can benefit from forming a healthy sense of identity with the help of their families.

Helping these children set personal goals and develop an awareness of family values are good ways for parents to help special needs youth build self-confidence.

Identifying Family Values

Every family has a set of values, but not every family discusses them openly. Parents may demonstrate that they value work and professionalism by attending work faithfully and working on their professional development, but many do not necessarily sit down and discuss this with their children. Discussing family values can help parents and their special needs children (as well as others) develop a firm foundation of family identity. This foundation can contribute to an overall healthy sense of self-esteem for children with learning disabilities.

To initiate the conversation about family values, arrange a time for your family to get together to discuss the principles they hold dear. Consider your family's personality when planning how to use this time.

Some families choose a family meeting structure. Others prefer an informal gathering with snacks and board games.

It can be helpful to ask leading questions, use a questionnaire, a worksheet with pictures or a worksheet of goals to spark discussion.

Self-Esteem Building Activities

Parents can do more than discuss their family values with special needs children.

They can also consider creating a Family Banner that depicts their family's values. Alternatively, they can have each family member vote on a mascot to represent the family spirit and draw pictures of the family mascot to hang in the home.

In addition to these ideas, parents of children with learning disabilities should think about creating a family totem pole with images representing each family member as well as pets, if the family agrees. Family mascots can also make great totem pole figures.

Special needs children can also benefit from family mottos. Parents can help such children develop a family motto and post it where all members can see it as they begin their day, similar to how students at certain academic institutions spot the school's motto when they walk inside. 

Collectively, fun activities like these can build your family's sense of identity and support your child's self-esteem.

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