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Self-Determination and Living Successfully With LD

Self Esteem - Self Esteem SkillsIndividuals who are self-determined are aware of their strengths and weaknesses, able to evaluate their work and study environments, and successful at making informed decisions and solving problems that stand in the way of achieving their goals. Below are the stages in the process of becoming a self-determined person. Ask yourself the questions following each stage to learn more about how your learning disability affects you.

Know Yourself

The first step is to know yourself well.

  • What are my areas of strength?
  • What tasks are difficult for me?
  • How would I describe my learning disability?
  • What do I love to do?
  • What kinds of activities do I avoid?
  • What would be my ideal job or ideal vocation?
  • What is important to me?

Value Yourself

Valuing yourself means accepting responsibility for your successes and your failures and having the courage to find your way in life.

  • How have my learning disabilities made me a stronger person?
  • What are my recent successes, either big or small?
  • Who helps me with things I don’t do well?
  • What do I do for others that they appreciate?
  • What are habits I have that I know will get me into trouble?

Plan Ahead

Self-determined individuals are able to look to the future and set goals.

 Some individuals with LD have trouble thinking ahead and figuring out the consequences of their actions. Other people with LD are great at planning because it taps their creativity.

  • Do I set long-term goals?
  • Do I know how to take a long-term goal and break it down into manageable steps?
  • How well am I able to stick to a plan?
  • Am I willing to get others’ input when I am making a plan?
  • How well am I able to match my strengths and work around my areas of need when I make a plan?
  • How well can I predict others’ reactions to my planned activities?
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