Children with special needs perceive the World in their own manner. Realizing the fact that they are different from others brings a sense of anxiety and frustration among them. We as a family need to boost up the self-esteem of children by making them understand their unique abilities to foster confidence within them. Here are a few tips:
- Spend quality time with your children: When you engage in activities with your children on a one-to-one basis with no mobile phones and electronic gadgets in between, it gives them the best feeling of World. Your attention makes them understand how much you love and care about them.
- Find things that your child likes the most: In order to help your child feel capable and strong, explore activities that make them enjoy the most. Buy color books for them if they like coloring or turn up the rhymes if they soothe your child’s mind.
- Assign them responsibilities: Assign small responsibilities to special children on a daily basis. Once they would experience the feeling of a job well done, it would boost their confidence. Words like – “Good Job” or “Well done” help build self-love.
- Be consistent in sending positive reinforcement: When a child receives a positive message about his/her actions, the brain releases “feel good” chemicals, known as dopamine and oxytocin. A child gets motivated to achieve more than what he/she could have ever expected.
Focusing on a child’s talents, instead of pondering what they can’t do is the key to boost self esteem. Giving them the right assistance and loving vibes increases their self-worth, self-esteem and confidence in their own abilities.
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