Resilience is the ability to call upon inner resources to cope with stress in a healthy way and “bounce back” to go on with life. If you work with children and youth who have had difficult life experiences, you can help them rebuild resilience with tools designed to promote a better sense of well-being. Our Brainy Resilience Tools help children and youth learn about handling emotions with healthy responses while feeling self-confident and capable. They were developed using information from diverse fields of knowledge such as neuroscience and understanding of the trauma exposed brain, child development and learning, as well as occupational therapy and mental and physical health.
IMPORTANT: These tools are NOT a substitute for professional mental health services for treating trauma. Ask the counselor how they can be used to supplement professional intervention.
These tools can be combined into kits to provide for caregivers, children, and youth. The following can also be added: fidgets, squeeze balls, drawing and art materials, open-ended journals, and children’s literature on emotions and handling difficult topics. Permission is granted to download all tools, however, all reprints must contain the author, source, and copyright information.
Beach Ball Focus FunTeaches participants how to handle emotions, focus attention, and have rhythmic motor activity to begin calming.
Back to School Toolkit from Mental Health America
A Caregiver's Guide to Child Trauma
Say "No" to Drugs as a First Treatment for Child Problems
Choosing Who Interacts with Your Children
Helpful Websites for Grief and Loss
Resources on Child Trauma and Trauma Informed Practice
Teaches positive self-image, self-confidence, and self-efficacy