Resilience: National Resources

5 Things to Know about Mental Wellness in Early Childhood

The foundations laid in early childhood are critical for later emotional and mental wellness. These foundations for healthy development include sufficient nutrition, a safe environment, and warm, supportive interactions with caregivers. Since infants and toddlers form around 700 neural connections per second, stressful–or “adverse”–experiences during these years have the potential to influence brain development, especially if the experiences are ongoing or cumulative. Ongoing adverse experiences can contribute to developmental delays, including emotional difficulties. It is estimated that between 10 and 14 percent of children through age 5 suffer from an emotional or behavioral disturbance. This Child Trends 5 focuses on mental wellness for infants and toddlers birth through 3 years old.

Balancing ACEs With HOPE: New Insights into the Role of Positive Experience on Child & Family

Balancing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) With HOPE* New Insights into the Role of Positive Experience on Child and Family Development (2017)

*Health Outcomes of Positive Experience

This report presents evidence for HOPE (Health Outcomes of Positive Experiences) based on newly released, compelling data that reinforce the need to promote positive experiences for children and families in order to foster healthy childhood development despite the adversity common in so many families. 

These data: 

  1. Establish a spirit of hope and optimism and make the case that positive experiences have lasting impact on human development and functioning, without ignoring well-documented concerns related to toxic environments. 
  2. Demonstrate, through science, the powerful contribution of positive relationships and experiences to the development of healthy children and adults.
  3. Describe actions related to current social norms regarding parenting practices, particularly those associated with healthy child development. These actions are based on data that suggest that American adults are willing to intervene personally to prevent child abuse and neglect.
  4. Reflect upon the positive returns on investment that our society can expect as we make changes in policies, practices, and future research to support positive childhood environments that foster the healthy development of children. Thus, this report contributes to a growing body of work—the Science of Thriving—that encourages us to better understand and support optimal child health and development.

Building Community Building Hope: 2016/2017 Prevention Resource Guide

Published in 2017 by the Child Welfare Information Gateway, Children's Bureau, and FRIENDS National Resource Center For Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention, this robust, 100+ page guide focuses on prevention in the family and community. The Resource Guide focuses on protective factors that build on family strengths and promote optimal child and youth development. Information about protective factors is augmented with tools and strategies that help providers integrate the factors into community programs and systems. Agencies, policymakers, advocates, service providers, and parents alike will find resources in this guide to help them promote these important elements within their families and communities.

Positive Mental Health-Resilience

As is true for physical health, mental health encompasses more than the absence of disorders. Researchers have considered a number of dimensions of positive mental health, one of which is “resilience.” This publication, released in 2013 by Child Trends, includes headings: characteristics of resilience (relationships with caring adults, disposition, relationship skills/social competence, emotional self-regulation, cognitive skills, confidence and "inner-directedness," and religiosity or spirituality), program strategies that promote resilience, links between resilience and avoiding of risk-taking behaviors, resources, and references.

Resilience and Child Traumatic Stress

Published by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) in 2016, this four-page resource defines resilience and factors that enhance resilience in children following a potentially traumatic event. Outlines steps providers can take to build on individual, family, and communal strengths to address children's needs, accomplish goals, reduce adversities, and foster growth and development.

Resilience Series

Published by Harvard University's Center on the Developing Child, these three videos provide an overview of why resilience matters, how it develops, and how to strengthen it in children.

Resilience Guide for Parents & Teachers

The Resilience Guide for Parents & Teachers section of the Psychology Help Center of the American Psychological Association's (APA) website includes:

  • 10 Tips for building resilience in children and teens
  • Resilience and pre-school children
  • Resilience and elementary school children
  • Resilience and middle school children
  • Resilience and high schoolers
  • The journey of resilience

The Science of Resilience

Published by Harvard University's Center on the Developing Child, this brief is part of a series that summarizes essential scientific findings from Center publications. 

Reducing the effects of significant adversity on young children’s healthy development is critical to the progress and prosperity of any society. Yet not all children experience lasting harm as a result of adverse early experiences. Some may demonstrate “resilience,” or an adaptive response to serious hardship. A better understanding of why some children do well despite early adversity is important because it can help us design policies and programs that help more children reach their full potential.

Sesame Street on Resilience

Young children face new challenges at every age and stage—that's why it's so important to help them build the skills they need to become resilient. With self-confidence and the ability to express themselves, little ones will be able to handle whatever may come their way…and will just keep getting stronger.

Tipping the Scales: The Resilience Game

Created by Harvard University's Center on the Developing Child, in this interactive feature, you will learn how the choices we make can help children and the community as a whole become more resilient in the face of serious challenges. Negative events can occur at any moment, and it’s your job to choose positive events to counteract these negatives. View Key Concepts: Resilience to learn more about the science of resilience.

Infographics from Echo Parenting

Echo Behavior Trauma-Informed Flowchart

DOs and DONTs of a Trauma-Informed Classroom

Film Trailer: Resilience

Courtesy of KPJR Films

For information on screening Resilience in Utah, contact Utah's Trauma Resiliency Collaborative.

Please note:

While every effort has been made to ensure resources shared are safe and reputable, no resource is endorsed or guaranteed by Utah's Trauma-Resiliency Collaborative or its members.  No resource listed is in an any way a substitute for obtaining professional help.


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