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Supporting Your Child Through COVID-19

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A School Counselling and Psychology Team has created a list of resources to help support all families and their children through the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Learning from Home: How to Keep Your Child Engaged

Most of us have moved into a learning from home model because of COVID-19. This has many parents are feeling overwhelmed with the reality of schooling at home. To support learning from home, you’re not required to be an expert or an educator. Your role is the parent and partner with your child’s school to support your child learning from home. It’s important to recognise that this will be a journey and there’s no expectation for it to be perfect. Click here for some tips to help you in supporting your child learning from home.

Keeping Your Child Connected During Social Distancing

Connection is an important human need for children and adults in their development, spiritual wellbeing and mental and physical health. Being connected with friends, family and our community helps to decrease feelings of loneliness. In turn, it increases our sense of belonging. While we are learning from home and practising social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever that our children experience meaningful connections. Click here for some suggestions on how to keep your child connected during this period of social isolation.

Mental Health and Wellbeing: Information for Parents

The current COVID-19 crisis is changing the way we live and work, which can be challenging and stressful. In times like this, it is so important that parents prioritise taking care of their mental health and wellbeing. In doing this, parents are better able to support their child. There are many great resources that have been developed to help adults and children stay mentally and physically well during COVID-19. Click here for a summary of these resources for both adults and children.

Supporting Your Child with Depression Throughout COVID-19

Schools continue to remain open only to the children of essential workers to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Most children are spending an increasing amount of time at home. Throughout this time, it’s normal for people to experience a wide range of thoughts, feelings and reactions. Unfortunately, these can compound one’s already low mood, sadness, and feelings of isolation or helplessness. This tip sheet has strategies to assist your child with diagnosed depression successfully study from home.

Supporting Your Child with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Throughout COVID-19

While physical distancing continues, students are spending more time working and studying from home. This may present some additional challenges for children who have a diagnosis of ADHD. It’s important to remember, however, that there are some positive steps you can take to help your child make their learning less stressful and more productive. Also, a reminder that you are not required to be your child’s teacher or counsellor during this time, but rather to help them to engage optimally with the new learning platform. You can help your child with ADHD engage with their learning through keeping contact with their teacher, and by using some of the suggestions here.

Supporting Your Child with Anxiety Throughout COVID-19

During times like this it is normal that people are feeling afraid, worried, anxious and overwhelmed. Spending more time working and studying from home while physical distancing continues may present some additional challenges for children with a diagnosed anxiety disorder. It’s important to remember, however, that there are some positive steps you can take to help your child make their learning less stressful and more productive at home. It is helpful to know that when a child is anxious, the part of their brain required for learning is essentially offline. Help them to switch this part back on by doing some relaxation exercises, by maintaining your own calm, and by not expecting them to be able to work optimally (or maybe even at all), until they are calm again. Click here for tips on how to support your child with anxiety.

For Further Support

It is common for people to experience a range of emotions and have varied support needs during difficult times. Remember, your child’s teacher will be available to provide support and guidance along the way, so keep in contact with them. For further support agencies, check out our Support Services list.