Ability Services - Building On Strengths

Step 8

Healing the Scars
For individuals with learning and attention differences, low self-esteem and the resulting self-sabotaging behavior can even be more crippling than the underlying neurological or biochemical differences. What causes low self-esteem? Perhaps a child feels shamed for failing to meet the educational expectations of their teachers. Or a child may be rejected by their peers for having difficulty playing cooperatively. An adult may be able to succeed in one area of their life, but struggle in others. A gifted adult may be able to "get by" for years, but never fully reach their potential. Whatever the situation, an unrecognized or untreated difficulty can take a serious toll on one's self-esteem. To be successful, emotional difficulties and self-sabotaging behaviors must be faced and healed.

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