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Building Resilience in Children

Building Resilience in Children
May 13, 2021

The United States is seeing higher levels of mental health challenges than ever before, and children are not immune. In fact, 1 in 20 children are now living with depression and anxiety, resulting in feelings of distress that make a significant impact on school and family life. Resilience, or the ability to bounce back and develop strengths and functioning after experiencing adversity, is key to future life satisfaction and success. 

The Mental Health and Recovery Board of Ashland County is proud to offer the Resilience Project YouTube Tool Kit as a resource for adult caregivers, children, and youth. Developed by Dr. Diane Karther, the tool kit provides rich instruction designed to guide caregivers in helping children manage emotions, make wise choices, and grow in empathy and kindness.

Dr. Karther recognizes that while language and math skills are introduced early on in a child’s education as a foundation to learning, “lesser known, but equally as important, are children’s social and emotional skills.” She goes on to note, in fact, that research demonstrates that emotional intelligence is a greater predictor of school achievement than traditional measures of IQ.

Resilience Project 

The nearly 30-minute video covers the following topics:

  • Child brain development and emotions
  • Resilience resources on the MHRB site—how to choose and apply the tools that are right for the child
  • Tips for teaching children how to cope with change, nurture inner strengths, and grow in their resilience
  • Tools for building emotional regulation and self-confidence
  • Insights from Sharon Long, director of the Healthy Kids, Strong Families program 

View Families, Youth, and Children Resources Page

Controlling emotional behaviors and developing resilience are crucial skills that help children thrive in spite of difficulties. The Resilience Project YouTube Tool Kit is a powerful, foundational step toward helping them get further down the road to resilience.

For more resources regarding youth and children, explore the School Liaison Program in Ashland County.

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