Self-esteem and Children with Special Needs

Self-esteem and Children with Special Needs - Wilson, A....

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Wilson, A. (2002). Developing social skills and self-esteem in children with special needs . Primary Educator , 8(3). STRATEGIES TEACHERS AND PARENTS CAN USE TO INCREASE A STUDENT'S SELF - ESTEEM Children want teachers, parents and friends to encourage, admire and delight in their achievements, however small or large these achievements may be. Be genuinely interested in what your child is doing and show your interest by asking questions and making comments. Interest is more important than praise. Be supportive and understanding of your child's behaviour. No matter what, never reject your child even though you may not be accepting of the behaviour being displayed at a particular time or in a particular situation. Help your child recognize his or her strengths and strong points. Remember the ability in disability. Respect your child's thoughts, feelings and opinions on issues, topics and current events. Remember your child cannot be owned. He or she cannot be bought or sold like furniture and property or traded in on a new model family car. Make more positive rather than negative comments about and to your child. Encourage your child to unlock doors and open windows and walk down different pathways during his or her life. You may not win nor should you always win the battle, but you can usually get a child to come half way. Your child needs to learn that everyone can make a mistake. Mistakes are part of learning. Even grown-ups, including parents and teachers, school principals and doctors, make mistakes. Acknowledging a mistake and learning by one's mistakes are important learning lessons in life. Teach him/her to have empathy and to understand how others feel when they make a mistake. Avoid embarrassing your child in front of family, friends, peers, their teachers and even strangers. Ignore unimportant behaviour displayed by your child. If it matters next Tuesday comment on it; if not, don't make an issue out of it. In other words, allow unimportant things to pass. Avoid comparing your child with his or her brothers or sisters or with the academic accomplishments of parents or grandparents. Reflect back on what your child is trying to tell you as an adult. What is the meaning behind what is being said? Sometimes the meaning may be hidden and you need to ask carefully selected questions to find out what he or she really means or the message being sent. Acknowledge that teaching and learning are not one way streets. You can learn much from your
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