Fostering Resilience in Exceptional Children: The Search for Islands of Competence

  • Robert B. Brooks
Part of the Springer Series on Human Exceptionality book series (SSHE)


Almost all mental health professionals and educators have taken required courses that focus on pathology. During my workshops about exceptional children—especially children with learning, attentional, and behavioral disorders—I typically ask the audience how many have had classes with such titles as Abnormal Psychology, or Psychopathology of Childhood, or Behavior Disorders in Children. Most hands are raised. In contrast, when I then ask how many have ever had a course titled Resilience in Children, at most one or two hands go up. Even professionals who have only recently completed their course work and training report a noticeable absence of any discussion about those factors that help youngsters with exceptional needs to confront adversity and lead more successful lives.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert B. Brooks
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  2. 2.McLean HospitalBelmontUSA

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