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Author
Marie Dunleavy 
Article Title
Three Steps To Child’s Maximum Potential 
Posted Date
2/17/2007 

Learning and reaching maximum potential requires serious commitment and desire both for the teacher and the learner. Helping a child reach his full potential entails effort, understanding, patience and dedication. The goal of teaching and learning depends on the needs of the learner. Each learner has different potentials that need to be met. This is attributed to individual differences. Special needs children are not an exception in individual differences. They may all have special needs but the type of needs differ. There are children that need speech improvement, others may need hearing assistance and still others need emotional comforts. Whatever needs they may have, it is important that they be given proper guidance and teaching to help them grow to their utmost aptitude. The “Desire” Factor In Achieving Children’s Full Potential Even differently abled children have plenty of potentials. To help them achieve their maximum potential, they need to have the motivation or the desire to learn and to grow. If they are emotionally troubled, they must have the desire to come out of their emotional self and learn to grow. The same thing with attention deficit children, they need the desire to turn away or minimize their deficit tendencies. Desire leads to goal. Teachers or parents must arouse a desire in the children. Once the desire is present, goals can be set. In setting the goal, consider the time frame by which you want the goal to be achieved. This will ensure your focus on meeting the goal.

Strategies To Bring Out Your Child’s Potential

Here are some strategies to help parents and teachers in bringing out the best in a child, specifically children with special needs:

  • Discover
  • Discover what the child needs and desires to accomplish. In setting up learning and teaching goals, consult the child. This will make him more interested. It will also make the child feel important.

  • Encouragement
  • A child needs to be encouraged all the time. Encouragement will help him achieve more and strive to reach his full potential. Along with encouragement comes motivation. Motivating your child to achieve his goals will make him reach his maximum potential, at the same time, it boosts his confidence.

  • Reward
  • Reward is important in trying to help your child achieve their full potential. Reward is always associated with something right. When given a reward, a child’s confidence and self esteem is lifted. This will give him deeper desire to achieve more.

These strategies will help your child reach hit utmost capabilities. Bring out the best in your child. Through dedication, patience and the love of service, this goal is possible.

References
With seventeen children's books currently in print, and with sixteen new books to be published in 2007, Marie Dunleavy is an accomplished children's books author. Her books and associated resources were originally developed for a differently abled child in her own family but are now used for children with special needs in many classrooms throughout the U.K. and Ireland. Many teachers have noted that the children experience marked improvements in their reading ability as the reading material progresses in small graded steps and focuses on everyday easily understood topics. Opportunities for success are an integral component of these resources, please visit POPS Resources 
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