This week, the head of our Neuropsychology Department offers some advice on how to manage the stress your child might have during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Life has changed.
Restaurants are closed. Playdates are scheduled over zoom. The classroom is now our kitchen table. Our world has grown smaller. While this can be difficult for us, it can be even harder on children. It’s difficult for children to understand Coronoavirus and to process how and why all of this is happening. But we can adapt, we can survive, and we can help our children through this. Here are some things I’ve done to help my six year old during the pandemic.
- Avoid the news (on television and social media).
- Have daily/nightly routines such as family movie nights, game nights, etc.
- Do activities that you normally would not do such as camping in the basement or in the backyard.
- If there are multiple adults in the household, take turns with eLearning.
- Keep a schedule for eLearning and for the entire day (we thrive with routines and structure)
- Try to think of activities to change the day such as going for walks or car rides.
Remember, brighter days are ahead. We will all get through this together. Not everyday needs to be perfect, forgive yourself for being frustrated with this “new normal”. Patience and hope will see us through.
If there are concerns about your child’s behavior or learning, we recommend scheduling a Neuropsychology consultation to discuss any evident issues.
NSPT offers services in the Chicagoland Area. If you have questions or concerns about your child, we would love to help!Give us a call at (877) 486-4140 and speak to one of our Family Child Advocates today!