Setbacks are inevitable. We all know that. But why do some people “bounce back”, while others become discouraged, lower their expectations, and sometimes quit altogether? This presentation examines those practices and beliefs that can help to create a growth mindset in children and teens, so that when “life happens” they will be better equipped to regroup and respond to challenges with determination and grit. We all want our children to succeed; supporting and teaching them resilience and optimism in the face of setbacks can be the basis for their accomplishment in every arena of effort.
Bev Miller has her M.Ed. from the University of Toronto/Ontario Institute for Studies in Education in the area of Adaptive Instruction. She has been a teacher for over 25 years, concentrating in the area of Special Education. With a passion for supporting students in the areas of Social-Emotional Learning, anxiety management, coping with Executive Functioning challenges, and responding to life’s challenges with resilience and optimism, Bev has attended the University of California/Berkeley summer institute on social-emotional learning and University of Guelph programming in Couple and Family Therapy. She brings a practical and classroom savvy lens to how parents can support their children and teens in these critical and foundational areas.