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Building resilience in the classroom

04/04/2019

Children often are put through incredible life changes. The response of the adults surrounding them impacts the child’s ability to adapt positively to each circumstance. The death of a loved one, a parent’s divorce, a parent experiencing job loss, or moving to a new environment are all external factors outside of the classroom than signal a crisis point where a student can be in need of additional support for stress management.

Whether a child feels they are in crisis, or their mental health is exacerbated by anxiety or depression, building resilience in young adults and children helps them to manage their inherent response to life inside and out of school hours. Building resilience requires each adult in the child’s life, their teachers, counselors, to even parent volunteers, to understand that their actions and words impact children to a greater extent than they realize. Students spend six or more hours at school a day, more time than they may spend at home. The influence schools have on kids is immeasurable.

Building resilience among your students

Resilience factors are encouraged by incorporating as many of the following into each school setting:

  • Maintaining a safe and stable environment.
  • Reinforcing that each child is safe in the space they inhabit.
  • Creating positive relationships and an open dialogue.
  • Fostering a sense of belonging within the school community.
  • Promoting positive social interactions.
  • Opening opportunities for skill-building, decision making, and planning in structured lessons.
  • Integrating social and cultural awareness into everyday practice.

With 50% of children in need ages 8-15 not receiving mental health services each year, providing each and every student in class with tools to manage how they see the world around them is essential to how the will frame their experiences as adults. 42 million adults in the U.S. live with an anxiety disorder and 16 million live with major depression. By adulthood, learning coping mechanisms to manage mental health or receive care from professional services becomes difficult with misleading stigma attached towards seeking help.

Having children understand that they are capable of great achievements and overcoming challenges is the greatest gift that can be instilled in them. Children who develop resilience are able to significantly overcome disappointment, momentary failure, loss and change quickly. Strength based models that promote wellbeing cement a child’s strengths individually giving them a greater sense of identity to frame their internal narratives.

How can Impero EdAware identify student in need?

Impero EdAware gives every school setting the opportunity to stay aware of the challenges students face to their wellbeing on and offline. With concern categories that reflect the most common issues children are experiencing at home, school and with their peers, educators are able to manage interventions accordingly with ease of communication on a need-to-know basis. Learn more about our solution by booking a personalized webinar here.

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