The theme of last week's Children's Mental Health week was Resilience and Angela Kelly from the Special Needs Jungle has written a guide to help and support building resilience in your son or daughter.
Angela explains that we all encounter difficult times throughout our lives whether at home, school or working lives. Inevitably, you come out the other side either relatively unscathed or, on occasion, with emotional scars that can stay with you for the rest of your life if not worked through. This, sadly, can start in childhood, even in otherwise functional families, caused by the emotional turmoil of not feeling they fit in at school, or feeling a failure in the eyes of others.
Understanding what resilience is and learning methods to encompass it within our daily lives can, quite literally, be a life-saver.
Resilience isn’t about not experiencing setbacks, challenges, accidents and illness in life. They happens to everyone. Resilience is all about how we deal with those challenges and come out stronger. And that's where the level of resilience can produce vastly different results from people even in the same family. While many children appear to take most things in their stride, others, especially those with special educational needs, can behave in ways that leave us, as parents, with little idea of how to help.
Angela's guide shares 10 area to be aware of as parents together with tips to help children learn resilience.
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