Your Child's Strengths 127 Examples of Student Strengths to Include in Their IEP (2023)


(Video) # 3 - IEP Writing Wednesday - Student Strengths

Your child's strengths

Sometimes we are so busy meeting our children's needs in an IEP that we forget to address their strengths. And IDEA is pretty clear about it. It's still first on the list!

In some sections, IDEA lists thechild's strengthslike the first item. But then again, too often we go to IEP meetings with the attitude that the school will say "no" and forget to address strengths or assets.

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  • In developing each child's IEP, subject to subparagraph (C), the IEP team must consider the following:
    • (UE)child's strengths;
    • (ii)parents' concern for improving their children's education;
    • (iii)the results of the child's initial or most recent evaluation; Y
    • (4)academic, developmental, and functional needs of the child.

What are your child's strengths?

And sometimes we are tested during a meeting. usdo you knowOur children are great children with many assets and qualities to bring to the planet. But under stress, we draw a gap.

Well not anymore! You may want to write them down for the IEP meeting. Or just pass them on to your parent's IEP letter of concern.

Many of them come from our crowdsourcingIEP Parent Group.

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Your Child's Strengths 127 Examples of Student Strengths to Include in Their IEP (2)

This is an area of ​​the IEP that requires more focus and attention. I think because many IEP teams are concerned and focused on the needs of the child, they forget to focus on strengths in an IEP.

Student Strengths on the IEP

When adding your student's strengths to an IEP, a team should address it in a similar way to any other section of the IEP. Strengths need to be identified, either through assessments or anecdotal information from parents and teachers.

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A team can also add area or discipline strengths to an IEP. I have listed examples below.

Types of Student Strengths

A student's strengths can fall into different categories or areas.

  • Cognitive skills or strengths: In this area I would include skills such as processing, communication, reasoning and attention.
  • Academic skills or strengths: Reading ability, writing ability, math or science ability, excellence in preferred subject, or study habits.
  • Social skillsthe fortresses: Examples: Popular, cooperative, problem solver, makes friends easily, meets at appropriate times during day, has a group of friends to lean on, communicates well with others.
  • social-emotional forces: There will be overlaps with soft skills here. Some examples ofsocial emotional skillsThese include resilience, problem solver, positive attitude, optimism, pleasant and calm, easily adapts to unexpected changes, flexible thinking, creativity.
  • Executive Functional Strengths: Of course, many children have difficulties in this area, but many excel. examples of goodexecutive functioning skillsit would be the ability to focus on a task, organization skills, time management, organizing closets and backpacks, planning.

Examples of Student Strengths

  1. Excellent memory in areas of interest.
  2. Willingness to forgive and give people a second chance.
  3. Persistent in achieving the desired result
  4. have a strong desire tosocial bond and friendship
  5. You have an excellent memory and excel at completing tasks when given clear lists or flowcharts.
  6. strong negotiation skills
  7. They are curious about the world around them.
  8. Has a good sense of time, can plan
  9. Have fun with the sense of fashion as a means of expression.
  10. Sensory/tactile learning, multi-sensory learning
  11. great for finding efficiencies
  12. able to recognize when work is really necessary
  13. Enjoy learning when you constantly refocus
  14. In regulated M, she is a sweet and loving girl.
  15. Think outside the box to find unconventional and creative solutions
  16. generous and shared
  17. exerts great emotional containment when pushed to the limit
  18. You are empathetic to the needs of others, even if you cannot express it.
  19. Shows learning ability.
  20. Processes information consistently and responds even when response is delayed
  21. Ability to verbalize when upset or upset
  22. May appear disinterested or distracted in class, but when questioned, is able to recall information just presented
  23. He can be impulsive, but once regulated, he can usually identify the situation and act accordingly with pinpoint precision.
  24. Can solve equations mentally, but may show frustration when asked to show work.
  25. likes to follow a routine
  26. Able to adapt to changes in daily schedule with proper warning, notification and explanation
  27. strong desire to do good and please others
  28. a happy and pleasant child when regulated
  29. is able to set realistic and achievable goals
  30. You can follow instructions in 1/2/3 steps
  31. allowed forfollow the directionswhen clear and direct language is given
  32. Can and will ask for help if needed
  33. You can make a decision with 2/3/5 options
  34. interact appropriately with colleagues
  35. Communicate well with colleagues.
  36. can start tasks/projects
  37. working memory improved as much as it could...
  38. can listen attentively without interrupting
  39. will raise his hand and wait patiently to be called
  40. recognizes and respects the personal space of others
  41. can do 4/5/6 volleys in a two way call
  42. Can verbalize when provoked/bullied and responds appropriately
  43. accepts unsolicited help/help from adults without resistance
  44. good sense of balance and motor planning
  45. Learns material best when in motion, gross motor movement
  46. Enjoy biking, skateboarding, and/or other motorized vehicles.
  47. good physical health
  48. physically strong
  49. athletic abilities (detailed)
  50. He likes to play sports and starts independently.
  51. good physical resistance
  52. Can follow instructions/rules for games like (give examples)
  53. he's a fair loser and winner
  54. Play musical instruments (detailed)
  55. Participate in (community activities/sports) and exercise
  56. Is aware of and will be safe (trained) in the following environment and will respond accordingly
  57. Can take care of the family pet (detailed)
  58. Can behave appropriately with an infant or young child
  59. Enjoy working independently or in a group.
  60. Is persistent in carrying out tasks or activities.
  61. Keep a personal diary or planner
  62. Understands sarcasm, likes to tell jokes.
  63. Has a sense of ownership
  64. Has strong opinions on controversial issues and is able to verbalize them.
  65. Marching to the beat of another drummer
  66. Copes well with stressful events (for example, is resilient)
  67. Has good character (for example, honesty, integrity, fairness)
  68. Can plan for the future, describe future goals
  69. Shows common sense and decision making.
  70. You are good at explaining ideas or concepts to others.
  71. ask relevant questions
  72. You can listen well without interrupting
  73. Handles verbal feedback well
  74. Can use nonverbal cues effectively to communicate with others
  75. persuasive to get someone to do something
  76. Assertive without being intrusive
  77. optimistic attitude
  78. you can express how you feel
  79. You can easily understand the emotional state of another person.
  80. He likes to socialize with others.
  81. have at least one good friend
  82. educated and has good manners
  83. able to resolve own conflicts with others
  84. commit your time
  85. friendly with others
  86. good sharing with others
  87. good personal hygiene
  88. Trust others without being naive
  89. appreciated by his colleagues
  90. good organizational skills
  91. good study skills
  92. be able to pay attention to detail
  93. good short and/or long term memory
  94. can be fully immersed in an activity
  95. have traveled to other countries
  96. tolerant of others who have cultural, ethnic, or racial differences
  97. Pride in one's own cultural, ethnic, or racial origin.
  98. He likes to know about historical events around the world.
  99. He likes to learn about different cultural traditions.
  100. like to read books
  101. Has good reading comprehension
  102. Enjoy solving crossword puzzles
  103. a good writer in one or more genres
  104. good spelling
  105. large vocabulary for age
  106. Likes to listen to audiobooks or have someone tell a story or read aloud
  107. Have a chemistry kit or other science kit that you work with at home
  108. He likes logic or number games or puzzles like Rubik's cube or Sudoku.
  109. Ability to repair machines or mechanical things.
  110. He likes to create three-dimensional structures with construction materials.
  111. good at puzzles or other puzzles
  112. can read maps well
  113. able to clearly visualize and describe images
  114. Get information more easily from pictures than from words
  115. sensitive to the visual world around him, can express himself verbally and respond appropriately
  116. intestinecalligraphy
  117. good eye-hand coordination
  118. enjoy hiking and/or camping in nature
  119. You like to spend time with a computer, tablet or smartphone
  120. use the Internet appropriately for school and entertainment
  121. Knows how to set up audiovisual or computer equipment
  122. He likes to send text messages on the phone.
  123. You like social media (eg blog, website, Facebook); use correctly
  124. You have several favorite movies or TV shows that you like to talk about, and you can do so without manipulating the conversation.
  125. He loves to learn new things; go seek knowledge
  126. good examiner
  127. he loves to run


What are my child's strengths examples? ›

Character strengths
  • Is honest and trustworthy.
  • Is caring, kind, and empathetic.
  • Helps others.
  • Shows loyalty.
  • Works hard.
  • Is resilient.
  • Shows independence.
  • Cooperates.

What are student strengths examples? ›

Character Strengths for Students
  • Wisdom (creativity; curiosity; judgment; love of learning; perspective)
  • Courage (bravery; perseverance; honesty; zest)
  • Humanity (love; kindness; social-emotional intelligence)
  • Justice (teamwork; fairness; leadership)
  • Temperance (forgiveness; humility; prudence; self-regulation)

What are functional strengths for IEP? ›

Below we break down nine functional skills for independence.
Gaining Independence with Functional Skills
  • 1 – Behavior Skills. ...
  • 2 – Communication Skills. ...
  • 3 – Daily Living Activities. ...
  • 4 – Employment & Vocational Skills. ...
  • 5 – Life Skills. ...
  • 6 – Mobility Skills. ...
  • 7 – Safety Skills. ...
  • 8 – Self-Care Skills.
Jun 8, 2022

What are your child's strengths IEP? ›

A strengths-based IEP looks at abilities as well as weaknesses. It looks at what students can do, what the team wants them to do next, and how strengths might be used to set goals to help address a particular need. A strengths-based IEP often boils down to a shift in mindset.

How can you tell what each student's strengths are? ›

Class Survey – use a paper survey, a google form, or other online surveys (with permission) to ask questions about strengths and interests in and out of school. You can also survey family members to provide thoughts about the student. This would be great to be included in a student's file.

What are some words to describe strengths? ›

synonyms for strength
  • clout.
  • courage.
  • durability.
  • energy.
  • firmness.
  • fortitude.
  • health.
  • power.


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