How to Foster Prosilience in young children
WHAT IS ProSILIENCE?
There are 6 key factors which play a role in the fostering of prosilience in a young child.
Child(ren)'s ability to self-regulate means that they are able to control their reactions in moments of high emotion. Psychological resilience in this sense refers to the ability to regulate one's feelings, the knowledge of what one can do to help feel self-assured, and also the ability to recognize and ask for outside assistance when needed (Fröhlich-Gildhoff, 2015).
For example, if Rana were to have a conflict with another child over a toy, she could be left feeling very upset from the attempt of having something being taken away from her. A child with self-regulatory skills, who is more comfortable in her environment, may be upset but be able to calm themselves down independently or with just a calming word from a caretaker.
Rana, coming from a completely different environment, who is just getting to know her new surroundings and peers may continue to cry long after the ordeal is over as she has not yet developed or learned the tools to be able to self-regulate. Or it can be that she does have these skills but that the settling in process has been overwhelming for her, and at the moment she is too focused on her anxiety to be able to regulate herself.