Self-Compassion for LD Learners

Sometimes the language of self-development can admittedly feel awkward or to some, pretentious. Since the field is relatively new and language evolves, it can be a little uncomfortable to use it at first when at the family dinner table with Uncle Frank and Aunt Edith :). Nonetheless, “Self-Compassion” describes ways of thinking and behaving that are health promoting, and not for the weak.

Children and adults with learning differences, struggling with school, often grow up with feelings of being “not good enough” and with thoughts of diminished capacity.

This is video describes what self-compassion can mean, and the need for this type of self-care.

This article, which references Dr. Kristen Neff (the speaker in the video), is specific to college freshman, Self-Compassion for Freshman

What does self-compassion mean for people with Dyslexia?


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2 Responses to Self-Compassion for LD Learners

  1. Claire Hilder says:

    I would like to ask if you know of any specific resources for teaching self compassion to students with learning disabilities? I realise, or at least I think I realise, that the same concepts of self compassion apply to one and all but many of the resources I can find in terms of videos and workbooks seem to be aimed more at mainstream students.

  2. Sanford says:

    Hi Claire,

    Thanks for writing in. You’re spot on in that self-compassion and the keys for encouragement of this habit of mind isn’t really about the specifics of LD or any other situation or condition that leads a kid to lose it or need it. The general themes are the same for any child. So if you’ve found some good nonspecific resources I would say use them, try them out and then creatively use them. I would use the resources that you find as a springboard to invite students to reflect on how they and their personal struggles connect. It’s an opportunity. In fact by watching a video for example (or any other media/print) on a kid with another and different type of struggle they can sometimes more easily see the “others’) need for self compassion than if you jumped directly into LD related issues.

    The other thing that is important is to model these qualities yourself. As adults, as parents and as therapists or mentors, kids can connect to things they see the adults model.

    Please let us know how it goes and if you find generic non specific to LD resources you find useful.

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