ASERT does not offer crisis services through our Resource Center. If you or someone you love is experiencing mental health distress or thoughts of suicide please call or text 988 for support.
One of the crucial roles you can play in the lives of those you support is to assist them in identifying and developing their strengths. Sometimes, when you are working in a supportive role, it’s easy to overlook a person’s strengths. Likewise, it can be difficult for them to identify their own talents and abilities. This places you in a unique position to open doors to growth and self-esteem, making your work more meaningful and rewarding.
Consider the following methods of identifying and supporting strengths in others:
Too often, all we really know about a person is what we read in reports or paperwork. Consider the unique things you know about someone you support that aren’t necessarily documented in your daily work routine.
Just because a person cannot perform a task at one moment, does not mean he will never be capable of doing so. Similarly, someone you support might be excellent at something one day, yet struggle with it the next.
Some individuals may have interests or strengths that are very singular or unusual. Don’t be afraid to explore these gifts. It could open new doors to learning and fulfillment, Consider how a person’s strengths might be tapped in order to work toward a new goal or to redirect challenging behavior.
This information was developed by the Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training Collaborative (ASERT). For more information, please contact ASERT at 877-231-4244 or info@PAautism.org. ASERT is funded by the Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations, PA Department of Human Services.