Resilience and Disability

VIII. Resilience in young people.

boy with downs syndrome showing his artworkGrowing up, like the rest of life, can have its problems. Children and young people have their struggles and conflicts with friends and family and their disappointments and frustrations. The death or serious illness of a family member, divorce, their parent losing a job, all of these are stressors that impact all family members. In addition to these stressors, September 11th, Hurricane Katrina and the Great Recession can take their toll on our youth.

Research shows that most young people can work through these problems, even the more traumatic ones, and adapt well over time. The key is resilience. The skills and the attitudes that make resilient children can be learned. Developing and maintaining these skills and attitudes is an ongoing process.

The American Psychological Association (APA) has created a number of resources for parents and teachers to assist them in teaching the “Fourth R”: Resilience.

The materials that have been created focus on strategies to help kids to over-come adversity, to “work well, play well, love well and expect well.” They also provide some tips for handling traumatic events in the news and for helping your child to handle life’s problems. There are even some tips for teacher resilience. To connect with these resources, follow these links:



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