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Understanding Strengths

Strengths can be skills, abilities, interests, characteristics, traits or talents.

Grab a sheet of paper and a pen and give yourself five minutes to jot down as many of your child’s strengths as you can think of.

If you have more than one child, try it for one minute each.

Just write down the first things that come to mind.



1. Do I see performance?

Watch for when your child shows above-age levels of achievement, rapid learning, and a repeated pattern of success.

2. Do I see energy?

Strengths are self-reinforcing: The more we use them, the more we get from them. They fill us with vigor. You’ll notice your child has abundant energy when using a strength.

3. Do I see high use?

Finally, look for what your child chooses to do in his spare time, how often he engages in a particular activity, how he speaks about that activity.



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