Resources about resiliency in children
Date posted: February 8, 2013
Resilience in children is the ability to cope with challenges, to bounce back, and to overcome odds. It is important to a child’s sense of well-being, particularly in stressful circumstances. It’s a combination of skills and positive attributes, and it’s something that can be developed.
Calm, alert, and learning: classroom strategies for self-regulation.
Stuart Shanker. Toronto, Ont.: Pearson Canada, c2013.
Research indicates that self-regulation, the ability to monitor and modify emotions, to focus or shift attention, to control impulses, to tolerate frustration or delay gratification, is important to children’s success in school. This book looks at the five major domains of self-regulation: what they are, how they work, what they look like in the classroom, and what can be done to help strengthen students’ self-regulation.
Mind in the making: the seven essential life skills every child needs.
Ellen Galinsky. NY: William Morrow, 2010.
This book describes seven life skills that are important to develop in children, outlines research in these areas, and offers suggestions on how parents can encourage and support the development of these skills. The skills are focus and self control, perspective taking, communicating, making connections, critical thinking, taking on challenges, and self-directed, engaged learning.
Socially strong, emotionally secure: 50 activities to promote resilience in young children.
Nefertiti Bruce and Karen Cairone with the Devereux Center for Resilient Children. Silver Spring, MD: Gryphon House, 2010.
Written for adults working with children ages 3 to 8, this book contains strategies and activities that support healthy social and emotional development in young children. The chapters focus on building resilience through: supportive, caring practices; home and school partnerships; activities and experiences; daily routines and transitions; and play and the learning environment. Every activity designed for an early childhood setting is accompanied by an activity to do at home.
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This video shows one of the activities in “Socially strong, emotionally secure” in action.
Building resilience in young children: booklet for parents of children from birth to six years – from Best Start: Ontario’s Maternal, Newborn and Early Child Development Resource Centre
Fact sheet: Resilience in children (2012) – written for parents, from the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health
Growing up resilient: ways to build resilience in children and youth – the online version of a book from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Parenting resilient children at home and at school – For parents of children 6 to 12, includes a chart on how resiliency develops at different ages
Resilience guide for parents and teachers – from the American Psychological Association