On this page you’ll find resources on the following topics to assist in coping with the pandemic
Identifying Depression and Anxiety in Children by Dr. Alessandra Chiesa
Rates of depression and anxiety have risen in children during the pandemic. Common signs of both include:
If concerned, in addition to speaking directly with the child, contact family physicians, teachers or helplines.
Managing Holiday Stress with tips from Dr. Alessandra Chiesa
Changes in routines can add to already disrupted patterns. Helpful tips include
Helping Preschoolers and Elementary Age Children During the Pandemic by Dr. Alessandra Chiesa
Tips For Helping Younger Kids with Online Schooling by Dr. Alessandra Chiesa
Sharing time with Kids, Engaging Younger Children by Dr. Alessandra Chiesa
Often when an older child is involved in school, younger children become more demanding of time and attention.
Common School Issues During COVID-19 by Dr. Alessandra Chiesa
Managing Resistance and Stress in Kids by Dr. Alessandra Chiesa
Much resistance and stress arise out of children not knowing how to identify or express their feelings and what is bothering them.
Dealing with Social Isolation by Dr. Alessandra Chiesa
Social isolation can be particularly difficult for children that are extroverted and outgoing.
Tips for Managing Media & Electronics for Teens from Dr. Alessandra Chiesa
Electronics seem to “just show up” and over run our lives. It is important to establish agreements in advance regarding not only how, but when electronics will be used.
Balancing Social and Mental Health Needs of Teens from Dr. Alessandra Chiesa
As children age, social needs become more important to most teens than engaging with family. However, safety and following structure is equally important. Though difficult, it is important to develop agreements with children regarding what rules need to be followed for their physical safety.
Parents’ Self-Care by Dr. Alessandra Chiesa
While it is easy to become absorbed in the stress of managing a household during the pandemic, it is important to engage in purposeful activities, no matter how brief, to take care of one’s health and emotional well-being.
We also need to find a way to give ourselves grace and the space to make mistakes and recognize that there are no instructions for how to get through these times.
Challenges of Seniors Living Alone During COVID-19: Tips for Decreasing Social Isolation by Dr. Michael Brickey
During these times with COVID-19 Seniors are often staying at home, they are reluctant to drive, have visitors, or are in nursing homes with more restrictions. This can lead to less exercise and also an increase in depression. A few tips to help with decreasing the social isolation:
Using Food to Enhance the Quality of life for Seniors by Dr. Michael Brickey
Food can be a great way to increase the quality of life of Seniors living in nursing homes. Sending care packages can bring joy and provide variety to their diet. Some ideas include:
Additional Tips to Reduce Social Isolation in Seniors by Dr. Michael Brickey
There are some easy ways that you can help reduce social isolation for Seniors living alone. These suggestions don’t require a lot of time but can have a huge impact on their quality of life.
To see the full Back to School Amid COVID-19: Tips for the Emotional Well-Being of your Family video with clinical child psychologist, Dr. Alessandra Chiesa click HERE
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