A strong community is built on healthy families. MHRB is committed to connecting Ashland’s families to the best resources available.
Many resources for families and children are available through the local Family and Children First Council. Visit the Ashland County Resource Page or contact Amy Frese, FCFC Coordinator, at 419.282.0000 ext. 5015 or by email at email@example.com for more information.
©2018 Dr. Diane Karther
Resiliency is the ability to recover from or adjust to difficult life experiences and change.
It’s using inner resources to cope with stress in a healthy way to “bounce back” to go on with life.
These tools were designed to help rebuild resiliency in children and youth who have had difficult life experiences. They are also appropriate for use at the prevention level to promote self-regulation and social/emotional skills as well as healthy self-imaging.
The Brainy Resilience Tools help children and youth learn about:
- Handling emotions with healthy responses - Making wise choices - Focused attention
- Kindness and empathy toward others - 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 to heal from trauma. Ask the counselor how they can be used to supplement professional intervention.
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Positive self-image, Self-confidence, Self-efficacy
Ashland Brainy Resilience Game
A board game where players draw a card and respond to social situations. Game cards are in these categories: I control my feelings; I see what I need to do; I tell my feelings; I make the right choice; and People to people connections.
Teaches empathy, social decision-making, and self-direction.
Downloadable instructions, game board and game cards:
Caregiver Guide: How resiliency works. Simple brain functioning. Building resilient brain connections. Self-care tips for adults.
Beach Ball Focus Fun: Handling emotions; focused attention; self-concept; rhythmic motor activity to calm.
Wipe out Feelings Self-Regulation Tool (Instruction Brochure): These help adults use a step-by-step approach to teach children what to do when feeling rise and how to resolve conflicts with others.
Resilient Conversation Cards: Keychain-sized tips for talking with children in meaningful ways and about difficult topics.
Calming Tip Keychain - Diverse ways to get to calm.
Preschool to Elementary: Calming tips to help children get control of their feelings on their own. Brochure gives tips for adult caregivers.
IDEAS TO USE:
Any or all of the tools can be combined into kits to provide for caregivers and children and youth. Add fidgets, squeeze balls, drawing and art materials, open-ended journal books and children’s literature books on emotions and handling difficult topics.
COPYING: PERMISSION IS GRANTED TO DOWNLOAD ALL TOOLS. ALL REPRINTS MUST CONTAIN THE AUTHOR, SOURCE AND COPYRIGHT INFORMATION.
Through generous grant funding from the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation, the Mental Health and Recovery Board recently placed almost 400 books and other resources at local libraries.
The project, titled “Reading for Resiliency” is focused on helping parents and children work together to build skills that will help them work through emotional and behavioral difficulties. Materials purchased through the grant are for various populations including children and adolescents grades K-12, parents, teachers, and other professionals.
All materials purchased are focused on introducing non-medication based approaches to handling behavioral and emotional challenges as well as offering hands on activities for parents and children to complete together.
Collections of Reading for Resiliency materials have been placed at the Ashland Public Library, Loudonville Public Library, and School/Community Liaison Library.
Some titles in the Reading for Resiliency libraries include:
For more information about this collection and a complete list of books and DVDs available at these locations, contact the Mental Health and Recovery Board at firstname.lastname@example.org