Building Resilience in Youth after Recent Storms and Other Adverse Events

By Marion M. Walsh, Esq., Littman Krooks LLP Many of us still lack power and heat after the storm and many schools are still not open.  In addition,  students and school staff are facing continued fear and anxiety after the Parkland, Florida shooting.    For  youth with disabilities, the changes in routines and the increased stress can be devastating.  The recent storms and the continued fears of violence give us an opportunity to remember the value of  helping our children become resilient—one of the most important traits we can give them to prepare them for adulthood .  “Resilience is a universal capacity which allows a person, group or community to prevent, minimize or overcome the damaging effects of adversity,” according to Dr. Edith Grotberg, author of A Guide to Promoting Resilience in Children: Strengthening the Human Spirit and a leader of the International Resilience Project.    Youth who…

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