Shrinking It Down: Our Greatest Strengths (Season 1, Episode 16)

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Did you know that Dr. Ellen Braaten has a mild form of dyslexia and had to work really hard at reading when she was a child? Did you know that Dr. Gene Beresin has always struggled with math?

We all have challenges. We all have differences. But some of us have greater challenges than others, and this can be difficult at times for both kids and their families.

In the Season 1 finale of Shrinking It Down: Mental Health Made Simple, Dr. Beresin, Dr. Schlozman, and Dr. Braaten share a conversation sparked by our short documentary, Greatest Strength: Challenges Met with Courage. The film features the stories of five incredible young people with various differences and disabilities as they showcase their greatest skills and talents.

Through both personal reflections and professional experience, the docs talk about ways for families to embrace challenges as both weaknesses and strengths, rather than problems, to help build resilience in kids. They also discuss how learning to accept ourselves for who we are – whether a parent or child – is a challenge that we all face.

There is so much we can learn from the young people in our film about self-acceptance, self-esteem, and thriving with what we’re given. Visit our website to watch the film and read reflections from the parents of the young people featured:

Thank you for joining us in this journey and conversation. If you have a question or comment about meeting challenges with strength that we didn’t cover, we’d love to hear from you!

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