In Episode 52 of Life Skills 4 Kids, Deb talked about Covid anxiety which is something no one has talked about much, especially when it comes to children and teens, who have been silently suffering from the side effects of the pandemic.
But research is emerging now that we are almost two years into the pandemic and it’s revealing some grim truths about the effects of the social upheaval on the health and wellbeing of our younger generations.
Covid anxiety has come about as a result of so many social norms being disrupted or removed from kids’ lives completely. Things that previous generations took for granted or experienced as a rite of passage have been off-limits for the current generation of teens and children.
Added to the social isolation, online learning, and the general fear of disease has been discrimination against certain groups for their ethnicity (wanting someone to “blame” for the pandemic) or vaccination status (for those who choose not to have it).
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Kids today are growing up in a fast-paced world where information and opportunity overload can be overwhelming.
Based on many years of clinical experience as an Occupational Therapist, Deb Hopper has been using her Just Right Kids® Model to teach children to communicate and manage their stress and anxiety by:
- How the body reacts to anxiety and impacts on our ability to think and get an action plan together
- How to teach your children to identify when their body and mind is anxious, and how to tell you
- Sensory overload and how this can push children into being anxious
- Strategies to reduce screen time that you can start today (because this will help reduce anxiety in your house and make life more peaceful