Unlocking a Child's Potential - Easier Approaches to Help Children Realize their Hidden Potential
By Andrew Loh
Realizing one's own potential to achieve desired goals is a
psychological act. It involves tweaking the present mindset, repair
current state of mind, catalyze and motivate it enough to open the
floodgate and eventually unlock it to achieve tangible goals in life. In
the case of young children, this exercise is very difficult because of
the mental age of the children and the degree of brain development. The
younger the child, more will it be difficult to realize them the
importance of using hidden talent and skills. However, consistent
training and working exercises would help them understand that even they
can do well in their life just like other children who are currently
performing well in the classroom and out of it.
Here are some more methods and techniques that can be used to make children unlock
their hidden potential:
Let them make decisions and solve problems on own - Children who know how to choose and pick the best
option are naturally the most endowed individuals with an acute ability
to unlock potential. This personal trait can easily be instilled in
children in their early ages.
Hint: Present children with choices and decisions to find the best alternatives.
“What happens if I do not complete homework in time?”
“If I do not complete homework today, would I fail in my test?
“If I fail in my test, would I lose my face in the class?”
“What happens if I study hard, work well and perform better to pass the test?”
“Would the class teacher, then, appreciate me about my performance?”
“If I realize my inner strength and convince about it myself, would I be able
to perform better in my next test that is important than the present one?”
The main goal of asking questions to self is finding the
best option and work according to it to achieve the desired goals.
Find out children's hidden strengths and weaknesses - All
children are not created equal. Some are skilled in a specific skill
while others are adept with a different one. Hence, it makes sense to
find out child's inherent strengths and weaknesses before trying to
train them with the art of unlocking hidden potential. Unlocking
potential in a domain where the child is not skilled is almost
impossible. In fact, parents may not like to force children to pursue an
area of expertise in which the child does not possess enough skills.
Let us say that a child has lots of hidden talents
and skills in singing and music. In fact, the child may display flashes
of musical talent at times either by singing or by playing some
instruments. Intelligent parents easily detect and find out this talent
in their children and start training children to unlock hidden potential
by admitting them to a music class. Parents may also like to ask
children many questions to elicit their responses in the following
“Do you like to play some musical instruments?”
“If yes, what kind of instruments do you like to play?”
“Is it piano or guitar?”
“How do you like playing violin?”
“Do you like singing?”
“If you like music, do you feel that you can perform well?”
“Do you know the amount and extent of hidden talent in you?”
“Do you know that you can do extremely well if you practice well?”
“Many intelligent children have great talent for music and you are one of them”
Motivation is a great way to unlock one's potential -
Without proper motivation, a child cannot unlock his or her potential.
Every child needs encouragement and internal motivation to open up and
display inner talents. Many children feel cocooned and bound up because
of many reasons that are usually psychological in nature. If you feel
that your child has lots of hidden potential but he or she is hesitant
to open up, you can do the following:
Positive reinforcement and encouragement
Convincing that there is nothing wrong to show off one's skills and talent
Explain that unlocking potential might help more positive than negative
Taking children to the most appropriate places where there is a display of a specific
talent. For example, music concerts, operas, orchestras, dancing
performances, libraries, and instrument playing schools where young ones
are learning to play some instruments etc.
Unlocking hidden potential might open up hundreds of options and possibilities for
children. They are more likely to succeed and perform well, when the
hidden potential is realized and used to the maximum extent. What they
need is a key to open up the reservoir of talents and skills. Only
parents and teachers can provide the right type of key to help children
realize their personal and professional goals. Be the key to unlock the
chamber of hidden talents and skills and help children to become the best.
Beyond the Label: A Guide to Unlocking a Child's Educational Potential
By Karen L. Schiltz Ph.D, Amy M. Schonfeld Ph.D and Tara A. Niendam
This superb guide shows you how to obtain the necessary assessment(s) that will help you to better
understand a child's strengths and weaknesses. It also describes what an educational "accommodation"
is and how it can serve as a bridge to learning. Every child has the legal right to fully access the
learning environment and to show what they truly know when taking tests.
The authors describe how accommodations specifically target a child's weaknesses in order to level
the playing field in the classroom and during test taking situations. Accommodations can be as simple
as giving the child extra time to finish a test or allowing them to take a test in a smaller group to
minimize distractions. In addition, this handbook outlines the relevant research to help you understand
the big picture of a child's learning and emotional needs.