Why teach children wellbeing and resilience skills?

All of the following issues put additional pressure on schools and teachers, making Bounce Back! more relevant than ever:

  • mental disorders in children are on the increase
  • adversity and challenges are part of normal developmental experiences
  • everyone has to manage change
  • studies indicate that resilience skills are essential for academic success
  • some children experience major setbacks (e.g. chronic or acute illness, disabilities or accidents, loss of a parent, sibling or classmate, being bullied, family issues or even natural disasters)
  • all children experience every day setbacks at some stage (e.g. friendship issues, not doing as well as they wanted)
  • overprotective parents are delaying or lowering normal development hurdles or solving ‘normal’ problems for their children rather than teaching them how to solve problems by themselves. 

Bounce Back! is supported by extensive evidence-based research and uses high quality children’s literature (popular books, films, video clips, poems, songs) to explore important life issues and lessons in a safe and comfortable way. It aims to help students:

  • develop positive and pro-social values, including ethical and intercultural understanding
  • develop strategies for coping and bouncing back
  • find courage in everyday life as well as in difficult circumstances
  • think optimistically and look on the bright side
  • amplify positive emotions and manage negative emotions
  • develop skills for countering bullying
  • develop skills and attitudes for being successful.

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