Since a very young age, children develop a need to be loved, accepted and nurtured. Proper growth in children is measured not just by using physical signs and fitness tests but also by psychological approaches. In fact, the physical signs of growth will be considered useless if one does not have the right mind and mindset about the world and his or her surrounding environment. This is why we see an increasing number of special schools and attendant care communities that aim to help disabled children and youth to regain confidence and become a valuable member of the society.
To build confidence and instill the right mindset, it is best to start from a very early age. The sooner a parent introduces his or her children with the right training and teaching methods, the better the children will do in coping with problems and issues later in life. Building confidence in children and youth will not only help them to socialize with others better, it also helps them cope with personal issues and avoid problems commonly associated with troubled youth such as substance and alcohol abuse. So how will we build confidence in children and youth, especially the ones that suffer from disability?
One of the ways we can do is to teach and train them personal living skills. Personal living skills give children the confidence, knowing that they can take care of their own daily needs independently without having to ask for help from others. All the while you teach them personal living skills such as preparing healthy meals and do the laundry, it is important to let them know how much you value and love them. Acceptance and love are two key ingredients to help children feel secure and supported.
After they can tackle personal living skills, they need to move on to social skills such as communications. Trainers or tutors might want to share knowledge about various occupational opportunities out there and help children to uncover their dreams. Children grow their sense of worth partly from having the knowledge that they can contribute something to make the world a better place to live. This is done by creating and achieving their goals. The final goal of these is to help children have capacity of landing a proper job out there later when they grow up.
From creating a dream to fulfilling it, children will need adults who have been in their shoes to guide them achieve their maximum potentials, starting from having a confidence in themselves.