Information on self-care, including a definition and practical tips for using self-care to reduce stress, can be found here. The worksheet includes setting specific goals, setting boundaries to protect self-care, making self-care a habit, and more.
Manage Screen Time
It is extremely important to monitor screen time throughout the day and most importantly before bed, as it makes it harder for individuals to fall asleep. Also, watching continual updates on COVID-19 may increase fear and anxiety. Developmentally inappropriate information can cause anxiety or confusion, particularly in young children. Limit how long you are watching television, Netflix, playing videos games, etc. By clicking here, you can view the recommended guidelines by age. Here you can access a "My Screen Tracker" Chart you can use at home.
Stress and Coping
During this time, it is normal to feel confused, worried, stressed, and/or anxious. Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations; thus, it is important to know ways to manage our stress, as well as what to look for in our kids and how we can support them. This article, provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, outlines helpful information.
Distance Learning: How to Help
This article provides guidance on how to navigate distance learning with your child. Maintaining a schedule, setting daily goals, providing breaks, and making some time for physical activity is important to keep your child engaged and motivated.
Supporting Students with Autism
Coping with the unknown and navigating school closures, abrupt changes in routines, and loss of connections is difficult for all of us. Individuals with autism may need additional support to process and adapt to the many changes. Here is a great resource that provides strategies and handouts to help students with autism during these times.