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Accept the Child’s Weaknesses
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Children with certain areas of weakness or disability often also have other areas of strength or ability. When deciding what work skills a child should be helped to develop, it is generally wise to pick those in areas where the child is strongest. For example:
|He will probably make a better farm worker than a writer or bookkeeper.|
|A child who is mentally slow but physically strong...||. . . may be happier and do better at learning certain physical skills . . .||. . . than at spending a lot of time trying to learn mental skills.|
|She may make a better health worker or school teacher than a farmer or grain grinder.|
|A child who is physically disabled but has a quick, intelligent mind...||. . . may be happier and do better learning mental skills...||. . . than trying to learn physical skills that will always be more difficult for her.|
|He may make a better sandal maker or welder than a field worker.|
|A child who has weak legs but strong arms and hands...||. . . may be happier and do better learning manual skills . . .||. . . than trying to learn skills that require use of his legs and feet.|
|He will probably make a better village musician than a goat herder or hunter.|
|A child who cannot see but has a good sense of hearing, touch, and rhythm...||. . . may be happier and do better learning skills that depend mainly on hearing and touch . .||. . . than trying to learn jobs that are much more difficult without eyesight.|