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Introduction to Resilience Skill

Staying in your Resilient Zone or “OK” Zone helps you to keep working on your goals. But how do you know where you are in your Resilient or “OK” zone? And what can you do if you are moved out of your zone?

Resilience skills are things you can do to help you:

Cartoon of a worried woman who is thinking about flowers.

  1. Know where you are in your zone
  2. Stay in your zone
  3. Get back into your zone if you are moved out of it

It will take time and practice to learn how to use these skills to become more resilient. The more you practice using these skills, the wider your resilient zone will become and the more you will be able to manage stress and challenges.

These skills can be used alone or together to help you stay in or get back into your resilient zone. These are the different resilience skills:

    • Tracking: This skill helps you figure out where you are in the resilient zone by paying attention to your thoughts and senses.
    • Resourcing: This skill can help when you are near the edge of your resilient zone or if you’ve been bumped out of it, by paying attention to memories, people, places, things, and ideas that help you feel better.
    • Grounding: This is a good skill to use when you are having trouble staying in your resilient zone by paying attention to things that are around you in the moment.
    • Gesturing: This is another skill you can use to help move you away from the edges of your resilient zone by paying attention to your movements and using them to help you relax.
    • Shift and Stay: This skill is a powerful way to stay in your resilient zone by learning to shift your thoughts away from things that are bothering you to stay on neutral or happier thoughts.
    • Help Now!: This is a skill that can be used if you are stuck outside your resilient zone. These strategies focus on calming your body, and bringing you closer to your resilient zone.

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This information was developed by the Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training Collaborative (ASERT). For more information, please contact ASERT at 877-231-4244 or info@PAautism.org. ASERT is funded by the Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations, PA Department of Human Services.