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.
To see? It's right here. (fat me)
(3) Development of the IEP
- In developing each child's IEP, subject to subparagraph (C), the IEP team must consider the following:
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.
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.
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
- Excellent memory in areas of interest.
- Willingness to forgive and give people a second chance.
- Persistent in achieving the desired result
- have a strong desire tosocial bond and friendship
- You have an excellent memory and excel at completing tasks when given clear lists or flowcharts.
- strong negotiation skills
- They are curious about the world around them.
- Has a good sense of time, can plan
- Have fun with the sense of fashion as a means of expression.
- Sensory/tactile learning, multi-sensory learning
- great for finding efficiencies
- able to recognize when work is really necessary
- Enjoy learning when you constantly refocus
- In regulated M, she is a sweet and loving girl.
- Think outside the box to find unconventional and creative solutions
- generous and shared
- exerts great emotional containment when pushed to the limit
- You are empathetic to the needs of others, even if you cannot express it.
- Shows learning ability.
- Processes information consistently and responds even when response is delayed
- Ability to verbalize when upset or upset
- May appear disinterested or distracted in class, but when questioned, is able to recall information just presented
- He can be impulsive, but once regulated, he can usually identify the situation and act accordingly with pinpoint precision.
- Can solve equations mentally, but may show frustration when asked to show work.
- likes to follow a routine
- Able to adapt to changes in daily schedule with proper warning, notification and explanation
- strong desire to do good and please others
- a happy and pleasant child when regulated
- is able to set realistic and achievable goals
- You can follow instructions in 1/2/3 steps
- allowed forfollow the directionswhen clear and direct language is given
- Can and will ask for help if needed
- You can make a decision with 2/3/5 options
- interact appropriately with colleagues
- Communicate well with colleagues.
- can start tasks/projects
- working memory improved as much as it could...
- can listen attentively without interrupting
- will raise his hand and wait patiently to be called
- recognizes and respects the personal space of others
- can do 4/5/6 volleys in a two way call
- Can verbalize when provoked/bullied and responds appropriately
- accepts unsolicited help/help from adults without resistance
- good sense of balance and motor planning
- Learns material best when in motion, gross motor movement
- Enjoy biking, skateboarding, and/or other motorized vehicles.
- good physical health
- physically strong
- athletic abilities (detailed)
- He likes to play sports and starts independently.
- good physical resistance
- Can follow instructions/rules for games like (give examples)
- he's a fair loser and winner
- Play musical instruments (detailed)
- Participate in (community activities/sports) and exercise
- Is aware of and will be safe (trained) in the following environment and will respond accordingly
- Can take care of the family pet (detailed)
- Can behave appropriately with an infant or young child
- Enjoy working independently or in a group.
- Is persistent in carrying out tasks or activities.
- Keep a personal diary or planner
- Understands sarcasm, likes to tell jokes.
- Has a sense of ownership
- Has strong opinions on controversial issues and is able to verbalize them.
- Marching to the beat of another drummer
- Copes well with stressful events (for example, is resilient)
- Has good character (for example, honesty, integrity, fairness)
- Can plan for the future, describe future goals
- Shows common sense and decision making.
- You are good at explaining ideas or concepts to others.
- ask relevant questions
- You can listen well without interrupting
- Handles verbal feedback well
- Can use nonverbal cues effectively to communicate with others
- persuasive to get someone to do something
- Assertive without being intrusive
- optimistic attitude
- you can express how you feel
- You can easily understand the emotional state of another person.
- He likes to socialize with others.
- have at least one good friend
- educated and has good manners
- able to resolve own conflicts with others
- commit your time
- friendly with others
- good sharing with others
- good personal hygiene
- Trust others without being naive
- appreciated by his colleagues
- good organizational skills
- good study skills
- be able to pay attention to detail
- good short and/or long term memory
- can be fully immersed in an activity
- have traveled to other countries
- tolerant of others who have cultural, ethnic, or racial differences
- Pride in one's own cultural, ethnic, or racial origin.
- He likes to know about historical events around the world.
- He likes to learn about different cultural traditions.
- like to read books
- Has good reading comprehension
- Enjoy solving crossword puzzles
- a good writer in one or more genres
- good spelling
- large vocabulary for age
- Likes to listen to audiobooks or have someone tell a story or read aloud
- Have a chemistry kit or other science kit that you work with at home
- He likes logic or number games or puzzles like Rubik's cube or Sudoku.
- Ability to repair machines or mechanical things.
- He likes to create three-dimensional structures with construction materials.
- good at puzzles or other puzzles
- can read maps well
- able to clearly visualize and describe images
- Get information more easily from pictures than from words
- sensitive to the visual world around him, can express himself verbally and respond appropriately
- good eye-hand coordination
- enjoy hiking and/or camping in nature
- You like to spend time with a computer, tablet or smartphone
- use the Internet appropriately for school and entertainment
- Knows how to set up audiovisual or computer equipment
- He likes to send text messages on the phone.
- You like social media (eg blog, website, Facebook); use correctly
- You have several favorite movies or TV shows that you like to talk about, and you can do so without manipulating the conversation.
- He loves to learn new things; go seek knowledge
- good examiner
- he loves to run
What are my child's strengths examples? ›
- Is honest and trustworthy.
- Is caring, kind, and empathetic.
- Helps others.
- Shows loyalty.
- Works hard.
- Is resilient.
- Shows independence.
- 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)
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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? ›