Let's start with a link to an amazing video of Scott James at his 2009 X-Factor Audition on this one... www.youtube.com/watch?v=_j7c4HNX3TU
Alberta Education through it's Action in Inclusion movement is looking to move from a "deficit based model" to a "strength based model" for serving students with "special needs".
People talk about 'starting with the positives' but strength based means not only starting with the positives but also ending with the positives. When Scott James got to the point of not leaving his house they could have focused on ways to get him out of the house - social skill lessons or a behaviour support plan to reinforce leaving the house or addressing his sensory challenges by giving him tools to help him cope. Instead they looked to what he could do and what he loved - singing - and they grew that. They found him a teacher/mentor and he found himself a goal to shoot towards and in the end he left the house not because of any intervention but because grown his strength had grown his person.
When we build on our strengths it ends up neutralizing or eliminating the things that are challenging to us.