The reality of nurturing emotional resilience

24 Jul 20202-minute read
Parents, Healthcare
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Children are innately equipped with resilience, to work through challenges and cope with stress. It’s not something that kids either have or don’t have; it’s a skill that kids can strengthen as they grow.

Resilient kids are more likely to take healthy risks in life because they become less fearful of falling short of expectations. They are curious, brave, and trusting of their instincts. They know their limits and they push themselves to step outside of their comfort zones. This helps them reach for their long-term goals and it helps them solve problems independently.

Stress and Resilience

All kids encounter stress of varying degrees as they grow. Despite their best efforts, parents can’t protect kids from daily or eventful challenges, only help them cope better. Particularly for younger children (0 – 6) some obstacles might seem small in the eyes of an adult, but they feel large and all-consuming to kids.

Resilience helps kids navigate these stressful situations. When kids have the skills and the confidence to confront and work through their problems, they learn that they have what it takes to confront difficult issues. The more they bounce back on their own, the more they internalize the message that they are strong and capable.

The attention connection with distraction.

It can be a vicious cycle. Performance output is often impacted by factors such as emotional stress, environmental or physical stress. In other words – distractions. Guess what? Attention and distraction are best friends. Have you noticed?

So, what does attention actually look like?

In order to teach better attention, we need to understand the actual construct of attention. Researchers believe there is a combination of different skills that lead to being able to pay attention.

Often, however, the root causes for these drops in attention don’t have to be chronic medical issues. Factors that we can control (diet, lifestyle and our sleep habits) and those we might struggle to control (emotional and family pressures) all affect our ability to pay attention, be present (focus) and concentrate on what’s happening around us from time to time. The same goes for children.

There may be some more complex medical and psychological issues at play that inhibit a person’s ability to concentrate and pay attention for extended periods of time. These might include people experiencing acute anxiety, depression, drug and alcohol misuse.

Technology CAN support positive mental health

Mental health is more than just the absence of mental illness. Positive mental health and well-being is a combination of feeling good and functioning well

Digital health interventions

In order to tackle problems associated with stress in people’s everyday lives, many apps claim to reduce stress, increase wellbeing, or improve mental health issues. Such mobile health interventions can be classified into four categories; diaries (collection of subjective and aggregated data), guides (strategies to cope with the problems), relaxations (training of relaxation skills), and sensor measurements (sensor-based tracking of problem-associated behavior). 

Digital therapies are already improving the way we eat, exercise and manage our health. There are apps to help us quit smoking and mobile sensors that support the management of respiratory diseases. And then there are digital training programs like Tali Train, which provide proven opportunities to improve cognitive abilities in young children. 

TALi’s platforms as an assessment aid and support tool

TALi has developed evidence based digital tools that are making a real difference in the lives of children with attention difficulties.

The TALi technology combines +20 years of research in developmental psychology and cognitive neuroscience to deliver easy-to-use, game-based digital programs to assess and strengthen attention early in life. TALi has leveraged research from one of Australia’s leading neuroscience institutes to build algorithms that produce useful reports for parents, teachers and healthcare partners.

Want to support your child’s communication skills by strengthening their attention skills? Speak to the team at TALi on 1300 082 013 or email