Creating Resilient Families

Supporting your child’s resiliency and self- esteem can often be a challenge, especially at this time of working and learning from home. Josan Callender, our friend, special education teacher and author, has shared a wonderful way for parents or caregivers to support learning and play at home. Video:

One way to support resiliency is to encourage our children to try something new, even if it feels uncomfortable or scary. Keeping the new activity repetitive and gentle, will allow for mastery and build self-esteem.

Check out this link from Sesame Street for tips on how to help children manage their feelings

We like this one -sheet from SCAN of Northern Virginia on how to Create Resilient Families for Children with Special Needs

Did you know that Inclusion Matters by Shane’s Inspiration’s inclusive playgrounds are designed to include and support ALL children’s physical and social/emotional needs? We create play areas where children can challenge themselves while having fun. For many of our buddies who attend our field trips, it may be the first time they’ve experienced a swing, slide or spinner. Yes, they may be a bit nervous and trepidation may set in, but with the support of their friends and their teacher, they are able to succeed at a movement or game that was new and challenging for them. We know they are having fun because of their smiles and desires to do it again and again are evident. Using play to build resilience is a recipe for success!!!

Take a peek at resilience and kindness in action at one of our Together, We Are Able field trips. These young students could teach us all lifelong lessons:

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