A good portion of a negative sense of self has its roots on the school campus. Children with Asperger’s Disorder have difficulty getting through the school day without receiving negative feedback. Reprimands in the classroom and teasing on the playground contribute to low self esteem.
Teachers can be of great help in your child’s self esteem with their praise and encouragement.
Ways your child’s teacher can help include:
• Giving praise for effort
• Appointing your child as the classroom expert on a topic he excels in
• Creating a no-teasing rule in the classroom and on the playground
• Ensuring that teasers apologize to your child
• Assigning your child a special job to help him feel important
• Looking for ways to praise frequently
• Reading stories to the class that teach empathy and promote kindness
• Publicly praising your child to enhance him in the view of his classmates
• Creating a “You’re a Star” program for students to write compliments on a paper star and hang on the classroom bulletin board
• Giving a weekly Friendship award to one student who exhibits true friendship
• Creating a compliment program for students to publicly praise one another in class