how do you build confidence in special needs kids?
Willy is struggling with feeding out in public. He has been feeding himself at home with minimal assistance but out in public he needs maxim assistance or won't do it at all and if he feels someone is staring at him, for example kids who stare or ask questions mostly to their parents, he will drop the spoon and won't feed himself at all! Talked it over with his OT today and she said it sounds like he has a confidence issue. Told me to praise him and reward him. I have been doing that. And sometimes he repeats the words good job or great job willy. I just don't know how to help him feel confident enough do it out in public. He goes to the feeding clinic once a month. And they said to give it time and he will learn to ignore them. Except willy doesn't ignore people or how they make him feel. He is a lot like me that way. I am very self conscious and not a whole lot of confidence in myself either.