Strategies to promote resilience in children

‘A resilient child will adjust better with different events throughout their lives, show fewer behavioural problems, and will be more likely to cope following trauma’

Extract from an article on Learning Links website by Katherine McFarlane, Registered Psychologist:

Resilience is a subject that parents often ask about particularly when their child struggles with school, self-esteem or friendships issues. This article will explore the factors which need to be present to allow resilience to develop and strategies for parents and carers.

Resilience is a person’s ability to overcome and adapt to adversity. When a child overcomes a challenge, they develop a sense of achievement. This success then reinforces their own strengths to overcome future bigger challenges. Types of challenges could be anything from homework, friendship issues, moving to a new house, bullying, parent separation or death of a loved one. Resilience will help the child bounce back from each of these life events. Resilience is a skill that can be taught to any individual, at any age and does not rely on an inherited ability or personality.

Research has found that resilience can reduce the risk of childhood depression and anxiety, reduce the risk of developing adult mental health issues, and is a predictor of success with study or employment. A resilient child will adjust better with different events throughout their lives, show fewer behavioural problems, and will be more likely to cope following trauma...

Read more of this: http://www.learninglinks.org.au/strategies-to-promote-resilience-in-children/

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