The Resilience Guide: Program Strategies for Responding to Trauma in Refugee Children
Many of the things we already do in early childhood programs not only support healthy child development, but also strengthen the capacity for resilience and recovery in young children who have experienced trauma. The Resilience Guide provides information and resources to help you understand the impact of the refugee experience at different ages, developmental effects of trauma and resettlement, and key strategies to strengthen families’ capacity for resilience. It also includes practical tip sheets designed to easily print out and share with your team!
Caring for Syrian Refugee Children: A Program Guide for Welcoming Young Children and Their Families
Caring for Syrian Refugee Children will provide you with the knowledge and tools you need to better understand and respond to the unique experiences and needs of Syrian refugee children.
- Tips for providing opportunities for mastery and success for young refugee children
- Tips for creating a safe space for refugee families
- Tips for building relationships with refugee children in your program
- Responding to a child’s or parent’s traumatic memory
These tip sheets offer practical strategies that are designed to be taken straight off the page and put into practice. They can be quickly and easily printed out to share with your team.
Other Helpful Resources
- Playing with Rainbows: A National Play Program for At-Risk Refugee Children is now available, free of charge!
- Video – Early Childhood Trauma: A Quick Overview
- Infographic: Understanding Stress Behaviour
- Resource Parent Workshop: Facilitator Guide
These resources may be helpful in supporting refugee families in your program.
Note: While the terms “refugee families” and “refugee children” are used throughout many of our resources to improve readability, it is important to recognize that children and families are not defined by their experiences and that, for this reason, the preferred terms are “families who have experienced forced migration” and “children who have experienced forced migration.”