Building Self-Esteem in Children with ADHD


One of the greatest gifts you can give any child is the gift of self-esteem. In simplest terms, self esteem is the opinion we have of ourselves. When we feel good about who we are and what we can do, it promotes a sense of esteem in our abilities that we can take on any of life's challenges. Self-esteem starts very early in life, and parents play a critical role in fostering self-esteem in their children. Unfortunately, many children with ADHD face very tough roads when it comes to their self-esteem. The reality is that they experience greater challenges than those without ADHD. For those students with learning ADHD, it's difficult to have academic self-esteem when they have difficulty processing information and may be unable to accomplish what their peers are doing. Similarly, children with often feel left out and question their abilities. Given the issues surrounding the self-esteem of children with ADHD, what can parents do to promote it in their children? This issue of NASET’s Parent Teacher Conference Handout will address building self-esteem in children with ADHD.

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