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Building on strengths

6 Steps for Recognizing Strengths in Kids With Learning and Attention Issues

By The Understood Team

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With so much focus on your child’s challenges, it can be hard to see all of his strengths. Knowing what they are, however, can help you find ways to work on his weaknesses. It can also help you build his self-awareness and self-esteem. Following these steps can help you recognize your child’s strengths.

1

Consider different types of strengths.

Strengths can be large or small, visible or hidden. Use this checklist to help you identify your child’s strong spots.

2

Learn about common strengths.

Kids with certain learning and attention issues have similar challenges. But they often have similar strengths, too. Watch this video to learn about common areas of strengths.

3

Follow your child’s interests.

Sometimes strengths emerge as your child explores his interests. Learn about ways to help him pursue his passions and discover new strengths.

4

Help him find success.

Exploring strengths through activities can take some trial and error. Follow these steps to make extracurricular activities successful for your child.

5

Talk about his strengths.

Keeping an open and honest dialogue about strengths (and weaknesses) can help both you and your child see and appreciate his abilities. Get tips for talking with your child.

6

Take note of your child’s strengths and successes.

Watch him in action and takes notes on what you see—just like when you’re observing his challenges. It’s a good way to be able to say, “Here’s what I saw. You really did a great job with that.”

About the Author

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The Understood Team is composed of writers, editors and community moderators, many of whom have children with learning and attention issues.

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