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Self Esteem & Stress Management

Frequent questions

  • Question 1: How do I teach advocacy skills to children with LD?
  • Question 2: How can I prevent a child with LD from developing low self-esteem?
  • Question 3: My child is struggling in school. As a result, she has very low self-esteem. How can I help to build up her confidence?

Expert answers

1) How do I teach advocacy skills to children with LD?

It is critically important to help children understand themselves and develop healthy self-esteem. Some of the information below is written for adults, so be sure to modify it to make it age-appropriate for children.

There are also excellent books available for children. The LD OnLine Kids section features a large selection of good books to help children handle learning and attention issues. For example, you’ll find Survival Guide for Kids with LD by Fisher and Cummings and The Creeps in Room 112 by Bennett, as well as books for much younger students. You can also find excellent articles written by children.

2) How can I prevent a child with LD from developing low self-esteem?

Self-esteem is dramatically impacted by academic struggles. Children’s sense of self-worth is tied to how successful and accepted they feel at school. It is important to nurture your child’s perception of herself as a learner. The following articles address issues of self-esteem:

The support and encouragement you provide your child will give her tremendous comfort. Assure her that she is not alone in her academic struggles – that many other children have difficulty learning in school, and that you are there to support her.

3) My child is struggling in school. As a result, she has very low self-esteem. How can I help to build up her confidence?

It is common for struggling children to have feelings of low self-esteem. These feelings often accompany learning disabilities, but can also affect people who are not learning disabled. It may be a good idea to see a psychologist who could address these feelings that make learning, and even living, difficult.

LD OnLine has an entire section devoted to self-esteem issues with LD students. The following link provides information about ways to build self-esteem.

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