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Resourcing is a resilience skill that uses people, places, things, and ideas to help you feel better.
Resourcing can help you stay in your Resilient or “OK” zone. It can also help you get back into your Resilient or “OK” zone if you have been bumped out.
Resourcing uses things you like to help you feel better. These things are called resources.
Resources Can Be Things Like:
It may be easier to have the resource there with you, but this isn’t always possible. When you cannot have the resource with you, thinking about it can be just as helpful. When you are using the skill of resourcing, pay attention to the details of your resource. This is called RESOURCE INTENSIFICATION.
If you have the resource with you, use your senses to pay attention to how the resource looks, smells, or feels. If it’s a picture of a person or place, pay attention to the details of the picture.
If you are thinking about your resource, imagine what it looks like, how it feels, what it smells like, what it sounds like, and how it makes you feel.
When you are using the skill of resourcing, try to pay attention to at least three details about your resource.
After you have spent some time thinking about your resource, try to notice parts of your body that feel calmer or even “okay.”
Pay attention to your breathing, heart rate and muscles. After thinking about your resource your breathing and heart rate may slow down, and your muscles may feel more relaxed.
Resourcing is the name of a skill that includes resources. Resources can be anything that helps a person to feel better. They can be a person, place, thing, idea or, anything else that helps them feel better.
Jack is telling Jill about how he learned to take pictures with his mom. Jill asks him questions about his mom and the things he likes about
Jack says that he enjoys taking pictures with her outside and the time they spend together. He says she is funny and makes him laugh. Jack
smiles as he tells Jill about his mom.
Jack’s mom is a resource for him. Even when he is not with her, he can think of her and it can help him feel better.
Jack can practice resource intensification by trying to remember specific details about his mom.
Example: Someone might choose an old teddy bear as their favorite resource.
Example: The teddy bear might be big, soft, fuzzy, and light brown with black eyes.
Example: Shoulders and chest may start to relax.
|What is Resourcing||Resourcing is a resilience skill that uses people, places, things, and ideas to help you feel better.||Download file: What is Resourcing|
|Resourcing Practice||Resourcing is the name of a skill that includes resources. Resources can be anything that helps a person to feel better. They can be a person, place, thing, idea or, anything else that helps them feel better.||Download file: Resourcing Practice|
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.