Self Esteem & Stress Management
Individuals with learning disabilities often struggle with self esteem because of poor academic performance or difficulties with social relationships. Articles in this section provide tips for developing healthy self esteem in children, as well as resources for ways to talk with kids about learning disabilities.
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The following is based on my clinical experience and familiarity with the general research regarding issues of learning disabilities. It is not meant as a guide for therapeutic intervention or scientific review, but to promote "food for thought" regarding the potential benefits of sports in the world of learning disabilities. Hopefully, it will encourage students, parents, and educators to expand their thinking regarding how to investigate strengths.
All children with learning disabilities need "charismatic adults" in their lives at school. These are educators who enthusiastically and purposefully accept students for who they are and identify and reinforce the strengths of all students. They perceive all students as being capable of succeeding at academic and social demands as long as they are provided with appropriate interventions.
A study by the Tulip Financial Group found that self-made millionaires are more likely to be dyslexic. A significant majority of the 5,000 self-made millionaires in Britain reportedly struggled in school. The results come from a study commissioned by the British Broadcasting Company 2 (BBC2) for its series The Mind of A Millionaire.
I was a hopeless student when I was in grade school. "Patricia Buckley is not proficient in any subject" was the summary on one of my school reports. I have always had a lot of energy and a mind that runs all over the place. Only when I am drawing or painting am I both quiet and concentrated. A grade school teacher saved me. She told my mother. "You need to get Pat to a school where art is appreciated. That is where her talent lies."
Jill Lauren's That's Like Me! is a book about 15 students with disabilities who face challenges in school but express their creativity and talents through hobbies. In the foreword, excerpted here, children's book illustrator Jerry Pinkney describes growing up with two personas: Jerry the gifted artist and Jerry the struggling reader.
Volunteers and professionals involved in recreational activities should get to know the individual participants and be aware of making assumptions based on labels.
On July 26, 1996, it was my pleasure to attend in the U.S. Senate the sixth anniversary celebration of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). During this celebration the National Council on Disability (NCD) issued a new report, Achieving Independence: The Challenge for the 21st Century (A Decade of Progress in Disability Policy, Setting an Agenda for the Future). According to NCD chairperson Marca Bristo, "Achieving Independence is not government as usual; it calls for real change by and for real people."
Learn about famous people with learning disabilities.
Coaching kids with LD and ADHD in sports involves challenges and rewards for parents and coaches alike.
Students' emotional responses to challenging situations can influence their concentration, perseverance, application of learned skills, and interactions with others. Even with safe and supportive classroom environments, students often have difficulty because they lack the communication skills to address challenging situations.
Talking to your child about their learning disabilities is crucial. Rick Lavoie explains how parents can dispel misconceptions, highlight the child's support systems, and provide on going encouragement that will help their child flourish.
For students with learning disabilities (LD), a sense of competence and ability (also known as self-efficacy) plays a vital role in their social and emotional development as well as academic achievement. Discover how educators can adapt their teaching style to support social and emotional development (including self-efficacy) in students with language-based LD.
This essay looks at how recasting your thinking about happiness — from an external "goals achieved" view to an internal "happiness received" view — can help parents and children find joy in everyday achievements.
How can you help your child develop a strong work ethic and job skills? Teach them to take pride in a well-done task. Make them a productive part of your home. Help them remediate their learning disabilities and do well in school. Guide them as they determine and develop their strengths.
The ability to set goals and meet them is essential for success of people with learning disabilities. Learn how to help children set goals, persevere toward those goals, and succeed in making their dreams come true.