CONFIDENCE BUILDING, COACHING, AND ADVOCACY

Confidence Building

Learning struggles can lead to a poor self-concept and discomfort in the learning process. Negative thoughts such as, "I can't," "I'm careless," and "I'm stupid," can be internalized, creating a self-fulfilling prophecy that disables the mind and intensifies learning problems.  In some cases, excessive worry, social isolation, and feelings of hopelessness can result. When left uncared for, difficulties in other learning arenas may result. Confidence building helps to:

  1. Resolve painful learning experiences
  2. Pair pleasant experiences with areas of academic difficulty
  3. Develop personal coping strategies
  4. Define appropriate support networks
  5. Manage one's negative, inner voice and find a supportive, positive way of speaking