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Recognize risk factors

WHAT IS RESILIENCE?

focus on individual’s strengths, abilities and competencies of a child and it’s family in order to identify and work on potential for action.

Promote competencies of the child: An educator must recognize that in order to foster resilience, they must focus on promoting competence and reducing vulnerability and risk through keeping the vulnerability and risk factors in mind (Masten, Powell, 2003, p.18-19).

Promote Positive Outcomes for children:

The optimism exhibited by a positive relationship with a educator helps to promote self-worth and to develop a child's self-esteem, self-efficacy, autonomy, and positive thinking which are all contributions to a child's resiliency. (Benard, 1995, p.2; Kidder, 1990).

Positive Relationships:

work with parents before the child has entered Kindergarten as well as to continue to collaborate throughout the first year of settling in to provide positive experiences that can be initiated in school (Luthar, Cicchetti, 2000). Communication both with the child and the family is a key factor to fostering a child's resilience.

Empowering the Child.