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Strengthen Self-Esteem with These Activities

Activities to Strengthen Self-Esteem


Updated June 25, 2014

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Self-esteem is important for all children, especially those with learning disabilities. Students with SLDs typically struggle with school and can benefit from a healthy sense of identity with their families. Setting personal goals and developing an awareness of family values are good ways to begin helping your child develop self-confidence.

Every family has a set of values, but not everyone 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 you and your learning disabled child (and others too) develop a firm foundation of family identity. This foundation can contribute to an overall healthy sense of self-esteem for your child.

  1. Arrange a time for your family to get together to discuss your family values. Consider your family's personality in planning how to use this time. Some families choose a family meeting structure. Others prefer an informal gathering with snacks and board games.
  2. It can be helpful to ask leading questions use a questionnaire, or a worksheet with pictures or this worksheet of goals to spark discussion.
  3. Consider creating a Family Banner depicting your family's values.
  4. Have each family member vote on a mascot to represent your family spirit. Draw pictures of your family mascot to hang in your home.
  5. Create a family totem pole with images representing each family member - pets too if you like. Your mascots can also make great totem pole figures.
  6. Develop a family motto, and post it where everyone can see it as they begin their day. Print this graphic to post your motto in style.
Fun activities like these can build your family's sense of identity and support your child's self-esteem.

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