Helping Kids Reach Their Goals
Goal setting can be a challenge in itself for children with learning disabilities. The ability to plan ahead along with distractions can become discouraging. There are ways to help children, as well as adults with learning disabilities set achievable goals. Open ended questions about their dreams can be asked in order to receive a complete response as opposed to a closed response question. For example:
Open Ended: What did you eat for lunch today? This question would require a dialogued response.
Closed Ended: Did you eat lunch today? This question would only require a yes or no.
Do not be surprised if the child says that he wants to be a doctor, but does poorly in math and science. Take this opportunity to encourage the child to do better in math and science. It would be a big mistake to belittle the dream of becoming a doctor. Instead, suggest other occupations, such as nurse or assistant. These should be offered as options. Let the child know the educational requirements needed to accomplish a large goal such as a doctor. Your job is to encourage accomplishments, not crash their dreams. Once a desired outcome is pinpointed, a goal should be developed that is directly related to the desired outcome. This will serve as motivation to do a better job at accomplishing the goal.
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