Responding to a pandemic: How can we help our state’s children adjust to a new normal
With schools closed and a constant stream of pandemic updates in the news, how can we help our state’s children make sense of the situation? What can parents and other caregivers do to help children establish routines and regain the structure they need to feel safe? Central Rivers AEA school psychologist Dr. Dana Miller offers a number of tips for parents as we navigate this challenging time.
“First, we all need to take a breath and recognize that we are doing the best we can,” said Miller. “This is new territory for all of us and no one has all the answers. Children take their cue from parents during traumatic events so the calmer we can stay, the better off our kids will be.”
Miller offers other tips as well, including the following:
Finally, these websites offer additional support and advice:
How to talk to children about the COVID-19 Pandemic- National Association of School Psychologists
Supporting Kids During the Coronavirus Crisis– Child Mind Institute
Helping Children Cope During and After a Disaster – CDC
Managing Stress and Anxiety– CDC
Taking Care of Mental Health During the Face of Uncertainty: Protecting Your Mental Health During the Coronavirus Outbreak– American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Coping with a Disaster or Traumatic Event- CDC
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