Guidance for Promoting Emotional Wellbeing of Children During COVID-19 Pandemic
As their regular routines are upended during the COVID-19 pandemic, children turn to the adults in their lives for both emotional and physical safety. A newly released resource guide, coauthored by a child psychologist and trauma-informed care leader at UMass Medical School and colleagues at the national child-welfare research center Child TRENDS, offers research-informed guidance for caretakers. The advice in Resources for Supporting Children’s Emotional Well-being during the COVID-19 Pandemic is intended to help teachers and parents keep things as predictable and positive as possible for children who may be experiencing emotional distress, especially those with preexisting behavioral and mental health conditions. Specific tips help parents understand that children’s reactions to the pandemic may vary and offer ways to create a safe physical and emotional environment by practicing reassurance, routines, and regulation. The guide includes creative approaches to staying connected so that social distancing doesn’t become social isolation and provides guidance on age-appropriate information. It also encourages keeping children busy and promoting their self-efficacy, and emphasizes strengths, hope, and positivity.
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