Hi, I’m Jennifer Bishop, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Boca Raton, Florida. I specialize in working with children ages 3 to 18 and their parents.
Helping Kids Manage Stress during the COVID-19 Outbreak
Children may respond to stress in different ways, such as being more anxious, clingy, withdrawing, getting more angry or agitated, having bedwetting accidents or nightmares. Respond to your child’s reactions in a supportive way, listen to their concerns and give them extra love and attention.
Children need adults’ love and attention during difficult times. Give them extra time and attention. Remember to listen to your children, speak kindly and reassure them. If possible, make opportunities for the child to play and relax.
Try and keep children close to their parents and family to avoid separating children and their caregivers to the extent possible. If separation occurs (i.e. hospitalization) ensure regular contact (i.e. phone) and re-assurance.
Keep to regular routines and schedules as much as possible, or help create new ones in a new environment, including school/learning as well as time for safety planning and relaxing.
Provide facts about what has happened, explain what is going on now and give them clear information about how to reduce their risk of being infected by the disease in words that they can understand depending on their age. This also includes providing information about what could happen in a re-assuring way (i.e. family member and/or the child may start not feeling well and may have to go to the hospital for some time so doctors can help them feel better).
If you feel that your child or teen is struggling with increased stress or anxiety please call for a free phone consultation today at 561-408-1098
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