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This is nothing any of us have been through before. A scary new disease, changes to everyday routine – it’s a lot for all of us to digest. Help your child understand what is going on with suggestions:
- Speak calmly, be reassuring, and provide information geared to your child’s age and understanding level.
- Focus on helping your child feel safe. Be honest, but keep news stories in context.
- Positively frame the situation: by working together we can keep more people from getting sick, so school and other busy places are closed for now.
- Let them know it’s normal to feel stressed out sometimes.
- Keep the conversation going, keep checking in.
Our staff have found these resources helpful:
Coronavirus Social Story A social story is one way to prepare your child for an event that is otherwise unfamiliar or unexpected.
COVID-19 Information By and For People with Disabilities (PDF) written in plain language by self-advocates
How You and Your Kids Can De-Stress During Coronavirus from PBS Kids
Coronavirus Anxiety – Helpful Expert Tips and Resources helpful tips and strategies from mental health professionals
Michigan.gov/StayWell offers resources for emotional distress due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Connect with emotional-support services without having to leave home. Behavioral Health Guides:
Crisis Text Line By texting the keyword RESTORE to 741741, Michigan residents can have a confidential text conversation with a crisis counselor.