As children grow and learn, they face a variety of challenges in their own development and adjusting to the world around them. Depending on their experiences and personality, children may struggle with self-confidence issues, teasing and bullying or family struggles that can leave them feeling lost and alone. Professional therapists, teachers and parents may choose to use tools such as St. Luke's Strength Cards to encourage children to discover and discuss their strengths and what makes them unique and special. There are no set rules for using these cards with children, but there are a variety of ways that you can engage children in these important discussions with these cards.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- St. Luke's Strength Cards
Leave the strength cards in a prominent location where children can find them, such as on the front of a desk or next to the child's things. The child's inherent curiosity may encourage him to explore the cards and begin drawing conclusions on his own. This can give him a feeling of accomplishment when you tell him you are happy he found the cards.
Spread the cards facedown in front of the child, much like a "pick a card" magic trick. Allow the child to pick cards at random so that it does not seem like you are trying to make him think certain things. This will allow the child to develop his own conclusions and connections about the cards.
Lay the cards face up in front of the child so that he can see the pictures and details of each card. Allow him to sort through and pick out cards that remind him of himself, of you or of other people he knows. These associations can help him understand his own strengths through recognising them in others as well.
Allow the child to see the cards and ask him to choose cards that he thinks others would pick to describe him. This method will often encourage even shy children to express their true feelings about themselves. They may be less self-conscious talking about themselves when they are trying to see it from other perspectives.
Encourage conversation throughout all uses of the cards. Ask active questions regarding the child's thoughts on the cards themselves, how the cards reflect the child and other people he knows, and what he can learn from the cards. Avoid negative statements or disagreeing with the child's assessments; instead, lead him in positive directions to positive conclusions about himself and the world in general.
Tips and warnings
- Remember that every child is different, and that the same child may not have the same reactions each time you use the cards. Be patient and guide him along the way, but don't try to force him to conclusions, or else he will not feel empowered or accomplished.
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