Many children with learning disabilities do not develop low self-esteem, and many of those who do experience low self-esteem as a child or adolescent, are able to persevere and find success as an adult. These successful individuals are found to be aware of their learning disability but not defined by it, proactive in seeking support, able to set clear goals, capable of learning how to cope with frustration, able to show perseverance, and are flexible when approaching obstacles and problems. They also often show strength in a skill outside of the academic area in which they struggle.
There are many ways that parents can help to develop positive feelings of self-esteem in their children:
Many of these tips were identified by the Coordinated Campaign for Learning Disabilities and can be found on the LD Online website: http://www.ldonline.org/article/tips_for_developing_healthy_self-esteem_in_your_child