Emotional support

How do I help my child with self-esteem?

A child’s self-esteem is very important. Many children who find learning difficult can get frustrated and demotivated which may lead to low self-esteem.
So, what can you do to help?

  • Find out more about dyslexia and discuss it with your child. Ensure your child understands what having dyslexia means for them, as knowing there is a reason for their difference can be a turning point. What is dyslexia?
  • Talk about dyslexia in a positive way
  • Recognise your child’s strengths and talents and continue to engage them in the activities they enjoy and do well in.
  • Really listen to your child’s concerns and work together to solve any problems.
  • Provide positive feedback which focuses on your child’s approach to learning, their resilience, and their willingness to learn from mistakes.

Below, inpirational poet and performer Benjamin Zephaniah talks about his dyslexia and how it didn’t stop him from travelling the world by book and from making words his life. Video credit: The Literacy Trust.

Parental coaching for children with anxiety

Children with specific learning difficulties (SpLD), such as dyslexia can often experience feelings of anxiety. When young children start showing signs of anxiety, it can be very stressful for you as a parent too. How do you help your child?

We offer coaching for parents to help you support your child to build their self-esteem and overcome anxiety.

Big Bowl of Self-Esteem video

Our Head of Education Claire Harvey discusses the causes of low self-esteem and the potentially devastating impact of low self-esteem and how parents can help.