From The Director
This week most State Governors announced that schools will remain close for the rest of the academic year. This unprecedent event along with the increase conversation around the Coronavirus can cause worry and anxiety in children.
Helping children cope with anxiety requires providing accurate prevention information and facts without causing undue alarm. Remember our children are looking to us for cues about their uncertain world.
Here are some tips for talking to children about COVID-19.
Remain calm and reassuring: Children react to what you say and how you say it.
Make time to talk: Encourage your children to come to you with their questions and concerns.
Monitor what children see or hear on television, radio, and online: Limit the amount of screen time focused on COVID-19. Too much information on the topic can cause anxiety in children (and adults).
Provide honest and accurate information: Give children information that is truthful and appropriate for their age and developmental level.
Teach children healthy habits to help protect against the spread of germs: To Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (the time it takes to sing the “ABC Song” To Cough or sneeze into a tissue or elbow To Keep your hands out of your mouth, nose, and eyes To Stay away from people who are coughing, sneezing, or sick
Maintain a normal routine to the extent possible: Establish a scheduled time for children to do schoolwork, read, and get physical activity.
Source: National Association of School Psychologists www.nasponline.org