Family MattersDeveloping Self-esteem
Many dyslexics have a hard time liking themselves. They see themselves as different from everybody else. They can't read or write well. They can't keep up in class. Other people may tease them. They feel that they can't succeed. They see themselves as failures.
Dyslexics often have low self-esteem. Sometimes that makes family matters worse. If you're dyslexic, you may not cooperate if you feel sad or angry. You may think, “What's the use? Nothing I do is good enough anyway!”
Family members can help to change that. They should try to boost your confidence. You are not doomed to failure. You can learn to cope with your problems, and you can succeed. But your family may need to remind you of that at times. Here are some ways to help improve your self-esteem:
Know Your Strengths and Weaknesses:
- Pursue your strengths. If you're a gifted artist, take art classes. If you're a great athlete, join a team. If you're great with people, volunteer or get a job at a school or hospital.
- Get help in your areas of weakness (from teachers, friends, professionals).
- Find out more about dyslexia so that you can gain the perspective you need to understand your difficulties and be able to explain them to others.
Speak to a Couselor or Therapist if:
- You find that your feelings of sadness or anger get in the way of work and fun.
- You have difficulty sleeping or sleep more than usual.
- You lose your appetite or eat more than usual.