Resilience is the ability to deal with life challenges and stress and to be able to ‘bounce back’ from problems. Resilience can be taught and developed over time, so every young person has the potential to improve his or her resilience. Resilience skills and strategies can be enormously helpful for teenagers living with long-term illness or disability.
Our therapists work with young people and their families to develop resilience. Often the young person and their family have identified that they need help dealing with challenging situations where the young person finds it hard to cope. This could involve supporting the young person and family to identifying the key situations that cause challenges and then developing specific coping strategies such as:
- who to go to for support,
- how to calm down in various environments
- being able to identify strong emotions and behaviours and how to best manage them.
- preparing for potentially challenging situations and being able to make positive choices