The yellow theme is all about you the person, self-hood and self-efficacy. Each child and young person develops a sense of who they are as a person. In essence their own identity, who they believe themselves to be. Self-efficacy refers to a child’s ability to over-come a problem, their ability to master things in the environment around them and achieve competency. It is an essential part of child development. It is an integral aspect of a young person’s individuality including their ability to cope, adapt and respond to change and be resilient
Developing self-hood tips from calm kids
Helping children to develop self-esteem
Developing self-awareness from understood.org
Find those things you enjoy
Helping young people to identify their own interests and the things that ‘make them tick’ can support them as a stepping stone to other positive aspects of their identity from motivation to resilience. This is particularly relevant at times when original interests, hopes and goals are difficult to achieve, have changed or have been delayed.
Find your strengths
Helping young people to recognise and celebrate their personal strengths and successes will support the development of a broad aspect of factors that contribute their social and emotional wellbeing.
Giving short, specific and meaningful praise and encouragement, even via the telephone or virtual communication systems, can boost confidence and help to reinforce a positive self-image.
Differentiating independent tasks effectively and providing an element of choice where possible, can provide children and young people with a sense of success, personal autonomy and efficacy, supporting their confidence, motivation and approach to learning.
Acknowledge emotion to enable regulation
Help children and young people to regulate their emotions. Enable them to have greater self-control and management of any unpleasant thoughts or feelings they may be experiencing; however, acknowledge the difficult feelings that they may be experiencing and help to normalise this expereince where appropriate