CHILDREN, ANXIETY, AND COVID

 

Sydney Burcham, Katie Neate, Cat Hart, Megan Spears

 
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"It's OKAY to be scared.  Being scared means you're about to do something really, really brave."

Mandy Hale

 

DEFINING ANXIETY

"Anxiety is an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts, and physical changes like increased blood pressure" - American Psychological Association 

  • Recurring intrusive thoughts or concerns

  • Avoidance of situations

  • Physical symptoms (sweating, dizziness, rapid heartbeat)

https://www.apa.org/topics/anxiety

 
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ANXIETY IN CHILDREN

7.1% of children (4.4 million) age 3-17 years have diagnosed anxiety - CDC

Separation Anxiety - children may get very upset when parted from parents or caregivers, will refuse to attend school or play dates

Vulnerability to anxiety - biological factors (genetics), psychological factors (temperament), environmental factors (troubling early childhood experiences)

https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/anxiety-in-children-2018081414532

https://www.cdc.gov/childrensmentalhealth/features/anxiety-depression-children.html

 

This video includes 5 tips to help with student stress:

Play

Bond

Routine

Talk to Them

Be Clear

 

COVID-19 AND DISTANCE LEARNING

 

Exploration of Anxiety Factors among Students of Distance Learning

  • Anxiety in distance learners stems mainly from their life experiences, and expectations/ assumptions they make as a result.

  • The distance learners tend to fear failure, yet conversely can have high, even unrealistic expectations of themselves.

  • “Students feel more anxiety in distance learning approach because due to distance they are unable to discuss or share problems with instructors on daily basis.”

 

5 TIPS FOR A SAFE BACK-TO-SCHOOL DURING COVID-19

  • CATCH UP ON SHOTS

  • HOLD OFF ON HUGS

  • SIGN YOUR WAY TO HYGINE

  • PRACTICE MASK-WEARING

  • DON'T SHARE THOSE CARROT STICKS


https://www.cedars-sinai.org/blog/safe-back-to-school-during-covid-19.html

 

Tips for helping kids cope during the COVID-19 Pandemic

 

More tips for what parents can do to help their children with COVID anxiety

 

Why or how COVID-19 is causing children to suffer from anxiety

 

BOOKS

Here are a few age-appropriate books you may choose to read with your child