We are all dealing with a lot of change and uncertainty. How we cope with these stressful challenges is, in part, up to us. By practicing to be more resilient, we take greater control of our challenges and we make our families more resilient, too. So, let’s put on our mental armor.
1. Background and Overview
Brief presentation overview for adults of why we need to be resilient and how we can become resilient families.
2. Learning to be Resilient
Family friendly exercises for learning and practicing resilience to help cope with the stresses associated with COVID-19. We might define stress as the body’s response to demands or pressures. There are protective factors to stress. Resilience is, in part, the development of positive-coping skills needed to manage stress in an optimal way. We call these positive-coping skills because our intent is to take a personal challenge and create a more positive and less stressful outcome. We use an entirely educational approach to learning to become resilient, that of “problem-based learning” over three exercises for each of five positive-coping skills. While positive-coping skills are important to becoming more resilient, we are also working towards understanding the importance of teamwork through a social support system. So, like many sports, as we learn the game, we are also learning how to function as a team.
3. A STEM Approach to Resilience
The preceding 'Learning to be Resilient' should be explored before this STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) exercise examining the Internet of Things (IoT). Technology has quickly and dramatically changed the way we work, socialize, and communicate. Can we also look to technology to enable us to better adapt to these rapid changes especially now that we are practicing social distancing to keep ourselves healthy? Because of its educational focus, these exercises use the low-cost Raspberry Pi computer. If you do not have a Raspberry Pi computer available, you can still complete all of the exercises using either a Macintosh or Windows computer -- see how to install Node-RED below. These exercises have been tested down to middle school levels.
A simple a web-based application that parallels the content of the five skill resilience quick reference, and further allows you to create your own resilience skills. The simple app permits exploration of a personal challenge using any of the skills. All data is stored locally on your computer or device.
Need more ideas on how to adapt some of this learning to your family? Gamified learning is an educational process of building in game elements to make learning more motivating and interesting. This may provide some ideas on building resilience while aiding at-home education. More »
National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)
NCTSN.org is a resource for the public, professionals, and others who care about children and are concerned about child traumatic stress. Link »
American Psychological Association (APA)
Brief resilience guide, for parents and teachers, with focus on children. Link »
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