Self – Esteem
Self – esteem was identified by Abraham Maslow as one of his five priority needs for an individual to reach and realise their full potential.
“Once one has some measure of self-esteem and confidence, one gains the psychological freedom to be creative and to grow as well as to be more generous to others” (Maslow, 1987, pp. 21-22).
As many individuals with autism may experience low self – esteem and more severe conditions such as depression it is important to provide ways in which to combat this. The acquisition of life skills, conversation skills and interpersonal skills all of which are often problematic for those with autism, are linked to the experience of success and achievement which subsequently boosts an individual’s self – esteem. Through the enhancement of their life skills and social skills individuals with autism can begin to see themselves as more similar rather than different to their peers, which in turn boosts their confidence and self – esteem (Krasny et al, 2003 and Beresford et al, 2007).
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