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Wilton Welcomes Resilience Author, Expert To Speak

Fairfield County groups partner to bring in Robert Brooks to discuss resiliency in children.
Fairfield County groups partner to bring in Robert Brooks to discuss resiliency in children. Photo Credit: Robert Brooks Facebook

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- Organizations in New Canaan, Wilton and Weston are partnering to bring international expert and author Robert Brooks to Fairfield County. 

With the heightened expectations and complexities of today’s environment, it is more important than ever to raise a resilient child who is able to overcome life’s inevitable obstacles. Between school, peer pressure and their own physiological changes, the stress can be overwhelming. Compound that by the relentless presence of social media, where interactions that were once limited to one or two people can instantly be broadcast to thousands, and resiliency becomes an essential life skill for the present that is crucial to becoming a happy adult. 

That is why four local organizations are bringing Robert Brooks, renowned author and psychologist, to Fairfield County. At two sessions on April 27, one in Weston and the other in Wilton, Brooks will discuss why some children are inherently more able to cope than others and what steps parents and other adults can take to help every child develop the positive self-image and confidence necessary for being resilient. 

“Teaching a child to be resilient is not just about telling them to have a 'stiff upper lip,'" says Dr. Aaron Krasner, Adolescent Transitional Living Program Service chief at Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan. "Resiliency is the ability to recognize and manage challenges as well as learn to cope with them effectively." He adds that some adults may be surprised at what it takes to support children in becoming resilient. 

This event is sponsored by Wilton Youth Council, Wilton Youth Services, Weston Youth Services and Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan. The Weston morning event will be from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Weston Public Library Community Room (56 Norfield Road, Weston). The evening session is from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Wilton High School Little Theater (395 Danbury Road, Wilton). The event is free, and registration is not required. 

For event information, call Wilton Youth Services at 203-834-6241 or Weston Youth Services at 203-222-2585.

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