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Why should you do this exercise?

The exercise helps you to identify your good qualities.
Positive self-vision enhances self-confidence, facilitates communication.
It encourages to express your point of view.

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What can be the role of a Peer-Trainer with intellectual disability?

Prepare and distribute materials.
Divide the sheets with the named qualities
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participate and perform the exercise with participants.

What is the objective of the exercise?

This exercise helps to learn how to notice and identify good qualities.

What is the method to be used?

The trainer asks the participants to draw a self-portrait, to write his/her name and 3 qualities / skills /characteristics above the portrait a participant is proud of and which they are doing best and other people like most in him/her. Later everyone shows his portrait and reads the qualities he has written. If some participants feel difficult to perform the task, he can not think of good things about himself/herself, the trainer together with the group tells what they like in this person and suggests to write about it on the sheet of paper if the participant agrees with the opinion expressed.
Later on the trainer distributes the sheets among the participants, on which various characteristics are listed (shown below). The trainer asks participants to choose 8 characteristics, which, in their opinion, describes them best and write it at his/her portrait. Best of all, if the trainer together with participants discuss characteristics before the task, explain them to those who do not understand. When participants perform tasks, everybody shares their thoughts.
Exercise option. Participants may work in pairs – in this case, a pair of partners is asked to select 8 characteristics which describe one of the friend in pair. Later on during the discussion it is possible to discuss how we perceive other people, whether they always see us the way we see ourselves, why sometimes our perception of “Me” is different from how others perceive us, why it is important to be liked by others, what the words „to be yourself” mean.

1. Aggressive
2. Open
3. Brave
4. Shy
5. Viable
6. Fast
7. Naughty
8. Inventive
9. Talkative
10. Modest
11. Creative
12. Happy
13. Slow
14. Pleasant
15. Polite
16. Cute
17. Unprepared
18. Independent
19. Careless
20. Nervous
21. Sincere
22. Reliable
23. Positive
24. Intelligent
25. Determined
26. Careful
27. Weak
28. Simpathetic
29. Funny
30. Curious
31. Spontaneous
32. Sporty
33. Strong
34. Impaired
35. Nice
36. Witty
37. Gentle
38. Noisy
39. Neat
40. Closed
41. Childish

What are the materials needed?

Drawing sheets and tools, writing tools.
The list of characteristics (submitted to the exercise).

Tips for the trainers/additional information

It is important to discuss the characteristics submitted in the list together with participants in order everybody could understand the meaning of each characteristic.
You can work individually or in pairs.
It is very important to discuss the task.