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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Actor and author Henry Winkler reminisces about how dyslexia impacted his school years in this article from Highlights for Children magazine. "Now I know," he writes, "that even if a person learns differently, he or she can still be filled with greatness."
Volunteers and professionals involved in recreational activities should get to know the individual participants and be aware of making assumptions based on labels.
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.
Thanks to all our readers who responded to the question; "What makes a good teacher?"
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.
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."
It is hard to know what to say to children about the tragic events and crisis of September 11, 2001. This event has brought feelings of fear, sadness, and horror to Americans and to our children. It is impossible to shield children from such events. It is not easy to know what to say to children in times like these.
The negative behaviors we often see in the child with severe learning disabilities and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) frequently turn into positive attributes in adulthood. Parents, take note: There is often a light at the end of the tunnel.