As noted in last week’s video blog, low self-esteem can be a huge disability– ofttimes more than the learning differences themselves. Students who live with learning differences often arrive at believing that they are stupid or that something is wrong with them, creating insecurities that can then exacerbate their learning struggles. If we can help our students understand their learning differences and how their brains work differently—as well as their accompanying strengths and gifts—we can begin to rebuild the confidence that is necessary for them to succeed. Be real with your students, recognizing and talking about the struggles that they face every day; but don’t forget to introduce them to the amazing strengths that come with their unique differences!