By Miss Sharp (Deputy Head & SENco) & Miss Pickford (PSHCEE lead)
It’s normal for children and young people to feel worried or anxious at the moment. We have all experienced sudden changes in our lives and routines and we’re living with lots of uncertainty about the coming weeks. For some young people, the coronavirus pandemic may also worsen or trigger anxieties they were already struggling with.
Here are five things you can do to support your child:
Talk to them about what’s going on. Find out how they’re feeling and what they’re thinking about, let them know it’s okay to feel scared or unsure, and try to answer their questions and reassure them in an age appropriate manner. Remember, you do not need to know all the answers, but talking things through can help them feel calmer.
Help them to reflect on how they’re feeling and encourage them to think about the things they can do to make them feel safer and less worried.
Reassure them that this will pass, you’re there for them, and you will get through this together.
Spend time doing a positive activity with your child (such as reading, playing, painting or cooking) to help reassure them and reduce their anxiety. This is also a great way of providing a space for them to talk through their concerns, without having a ‘big chat’.
Keep as many regular routines as possible, so that your child feels safe and that things are stable.
If they would like to read more about the Coronavirus, here is a simple book that explains it
Miss Pickford (PSHCEE lead) has been setting work for the children via their Google Classroom. Much emphasis has been placed on supporting our pupils with their Mental Wellbeing and providing them with Mindfulness related activities. These have included creating their own mindful breathing wands to use if they feel angry, sad, worried or upset. Another example of the work that has been introduced is for the children to create their own vlog (a short video), comic strip or written diary entry, with the intention of continuing the entries over the ‘lockdown’ period. There are many benefits to starting a journal, for example it helps us to manage our own thoughts and feelings, build a routine and is even an ultimate creativity booster!
If your child is struggling and you haven’t yet let your childs’ class teacher know please do so and we can work together to support them, alternatively Miss Sharp (SENco) can signpost you to some useful avenues for support, such as this one.
It is important to reassure your children that this WILL pass - we do all miss you very much.