Confidence and self-esteem are important for all of us as we progress through our lives. It is especially important for children with autism as well. Confidence building helps them attempt new tasks, learn new skills, and develop happy, well-rounded lives. Here is a guide to confidence building and how it works.
What It Is
Children with autism unfortunately and unfairly receive too much focus on their struggles, with strengths often overlooked. Confidence building is a way of noticing and praising children’s strengths and skills. Focusing on what they’re great at helps boost both their self-esteem and confidence so they know their strengths are valid and recognized.
How It Works
There are a number of effective ways to implement confidence-building. One great way to do this is to take interest in your child’s hobbies and interests. This lets them know that what they take interest in is also relevant to you, and they can make that emotional connection. You can use this method when they are playing alone or socializing with others.
This is also especially relevant to learning. When you notice that your child is grasping a new concept or learning a new skill, make sure to acknowledge it. Let them know they are doing well so they feel inspired. This also gives a positive correlation between feeling good and education. That can apply to academic learning or improving everyday skills like washing their hands or brushing their teeth.
Another impactful concept is “strength books” or “strength cards.” These are physical copies that illustrate areas they excel in. By writing in their strengths, they have something they can hold onto that reminds them of their skills. You can add images, whether hand-made or printed out, to accompany these as well.
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