People often confuse the terms self-confidence and self-esteem, while they are related, they are still different.

Self-esteem is a comprehensive assessment of one’s own self worth and value, self-confidence references belief in one’s abilities. 

Positive self-esteem will generally contributes to positive self-confidence.

The difference between self-esteem and self-confidence lies in feeling and action. Self-esteem is more of a feeling, while self-confidence involves more than that, it involves action.

Neuro-divergent children often feel out of step with others.

This has a big impact on their self-esteem.

How can we improve our self-esteem?

Love yourself

Strengthen your skills

Surround yourself with caring and positive people

Showcase your natural talents 

Step out of your comfort zone


Learn how to say no

Don’t let failures get the better of you

Don’t compare yourself to others

Don’t try to be a perfectionist

Be social

Improve your self-confidence 

Useful techniques includes:

Self-hypnosis, mental imaging, meditation or cardiac coherence

Useful tools:

Further information can be found on our resources pages.

Look for tools that can be useful in the classroom such as the listening horn, liquid hourglass, reading rulers and many others.

Discover our articles on neuro-sensory material by CLICKING HERE or by going to our Resources pages.