If you’re child has difficulties with moving, they can need a little bit of help and encouragement to build a positive self-image.
“Self-esteem” is how we feel about ourselves and how we perceive what others think of us. If we feel good about our achievements and ourselves, our inner drive to meet challenges and succeed is reinforced.
It’s easy for children with motor difficulties to lose confidence in themselves, especially when they are surrounded by other children who seem to function differently.
A child with self-esteem and confidence issues may be withdrawn or reluctant to join in with activities, especially with other children.
When we’re teaching children to do different movements, we often have too high an expectation. This can be really stressful for children who already have difficulties with movement and can quickly make them frustrated.
Your child needs you to help boost their confidence. Make sure you’re giving them the opportunity to practise the things that they find hard in a caring and supportive environment where there’s no pressure to achieve a certain standard in a set time. Your child needs the opportunity to practise the skills at their own pace.
You can boost their confidence and overcome their feelings of failure by doing fun activities in a relaxed and patient way. You should praise every attempt your child makes rather than waiting for the “perfect result” as this encourages them not to give up.
It’s also important to focus on your child’s strengths and specific interests and not get too caught up in the things they find challenging. If they take a strong interest in a particular activity, keep encouraging them as they’ll start to build up their confidence, independence and make friendships with other children with similar interests.
Activities that you can try: