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Helping kids cope

COVID-19 is a new illness and everyone, especially children, will find this situation very strange and confusing.  They may:

  • be irritable
  • have problems sleeping
  • become teary easily
  • be clingy
  • need extra attention
  • be grumpy
  • be quiet
  • want to spend time alone

 

There is no right or wrong way to feel about what's going on right now.

 

What's really important is to be sensitive to and curious about new and confusing emotions, to provide routine, structure, predictability and be consistent to help our children feel safe and secure in a world that does not appear to offering any of those things.

 

As we find them we will put up new resources here.

Supporting children through this difficult time

Frightening events widely reported in the media, such as the coronavirus pandemic, can cause children to worry about themselves and others.

Age appropriate information - Explaining coronavirus

Too much news can be overwhelming and make it seem like a bad situation is much worse than it is. BBC Newsround has child friendly news coverage - https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/51204456

 

Social stories

Short narratives to help explain social situations that children may have difficulty understanding. 

Supporting your child emotionally

Practical things

  • Be available to listen and be ready to answer your child's questions and concerns - they may have lots!

  • Have a memory box - this may help to 'contain' the whole coronavirus experience. Use it for art work, news stories, flowers, pictures of friends and family and other keepsakes and memories of this unusual time to rummage through then you are feeling sad or in low mood.

  • Keep it as part of a time capsule

 

Develop emotional support skills

FREE online parenting guides (see our Parenting Courses page) which include top tips from childcare, education and NHS health experts.  The Understanding your child (Zrozumieńá swoje dziecko) programme covers emotional wellbeing.

 

  • Register here (or go to www.inourplace.co.uk)
  • Apply the access code PARENTING (Access codes are not case sensitive) for FREE access

 

(These guides are provided by the Solihull Approach and brought to you by Frimley Local Maternity System which is part of Frimley Health and Care Integrated Care System (ICS), a partnership of NHS, health services, local authorities, voluntary sector and local people working to improve health and care services.)

Supporting children with autism

Children with autism may find this time particularly challenging and may benefit from additional support. Visit our information page: 

Keeping mentally and physically healthy

When we have structure and routines and lots of things to do, it means less brain space to worry and develop anxious thoughts and feelings. Having things to do, taking part and having responsibilities around the house for example, helps us feel in control - this is the same for our children. 

  • Five simple ways to wellbeing - https://www.thepinesschool.org.uk/5-ways-to-wellbeing/
  • Stay positive, keep learning (click picture below to enlarge)
  • Healthyminds.org.uk relaxation sessions for children and families (click on picture below to enlarge)
  • Make sure you put in place a routine as quickly as possible - see our Routines and Visual Timetables for more information
  • Provide a focus where they can set and achieve goals - our Learning at Home pages will be invaluable here - although this can also mean having creative projects or doing age appropriate tasks around the house
  • Age appropriate tasks also help a child feel a sense of belonging and ownership.  Ideas can be found online (or just play this video really loudly outside your child's door!)

Coronavirus: How to be your best self during lockdown | Newsround | CBBC

Dr Chris and Xand: How to be your best self during lockdown

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