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Home Learning - Emotional Wellbeing

This is a diffcult time for everyone including children. On this page we have  put our own thoughts on ways that may help support children's emotional well being .

We have also gathered  gathered together resources from other organisations and professionals regarding supporting children.

The page also contains some links for adults.

last updated 7th April

Emotional Wellbeing Needs - some basic steps 

Talking

At the moment there is understandable anxiety from everyone about the coronavirus.

  • We have included a new page on our Website - Covid-19 Information for children so that you can talk about the cornavirus in an honest but age aproriate way with your children 
  • We have included a sheet from our school educational psychologist with hints and tips how to talk to your child about the current situation.  ???????

Routine

Everyone’s routines have been and will be disrupted by the current situation.  We believe that it will help children with emotional needs if you put a  new routine in place for your circumstances.

  • The routine you put in place does not have to be minute by minute and does not need to replicate the school day in anyway.
  • It may be worth asking your children what parts of the school school day they do get comfort from and talk with them how you can do something similar at home
  • We suggest it includes family time, exercise, mindfulness as well as the practical get dressed, clean your teeth and wash your face.
  • Routines do not have to be timetabled we have provided an example below the idea is you have tasks for the day and tick them off

Personal space

Personal space is something we all need, including our children.  At the moment it is important that we plan for  safe personal space in our homes, not just for the times when emotions are excessive.

 

Felling that we have personal space can also be helped by mindfulness . We have included some mindfulness activities for children.

If physical space is an issue: 

  • designate a cushion, rug or even a corner where your child can go and no one will talk to them. 
  • a designated activity such as colouring or lego building could be the time when your child has personal space.

File icon: pdf Talking to children about Coronavirus [pdf 110KB] Click to download
File icon: docx routinelist [docx 216KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf 20 Simple Mindfulness Activities for Children [pdf 35KB] Click to download

Government Advice on Children's Mental Health and Well Being during the Coronavirus Outbreak 

Cornwall Educational Pyschology Service Advice 

Talking to children about Covid 19 – Tips and information for schools and families

We all realise how difficult it can be trying to talk to children and young people about global crises. As psychologists we are often asked about how much to tell children, how and when to talk to them, and how we can feel prepared for challenging conversations.  We have therefore started to compile information, a list of resources and helpful websites for you to use over the coming weeks.

Helping children manage in unsettling times

The novel Coronavirus outbreak has led to a high degree of worry, uncertainty and concern.  The issue has been very present in the news, and all adults and children will have some degree of awareness of events so far and may have had their lives disrupted.

During these times both children and adults can potentially feel anxious and unsure about their safety.  Alongside school, parents can help provide opportunities where feelings can be discussed within a safe context, as well as maintaining a sense of normality, routine and calm.  Supporting children will enable them to process and manage their feelings and build resilience.

The following suggestions may be helpful:

  • Reassure children that they are safe: Children will need to be reassured regularly they are safe, and that adults will faithfully try to keep them safe.
  • Let children know that it is alright to be upset: Tell children all feelings are OK, but it is important to still behave in a polite and respectful way to others.
  • Maintain a normal routine: Set up a work/leisure/exercise routine for students at home.  Make extra time to listen to what your children need to tell you.
  • Place an emphasis on resilience and strengths: Focus on the child’s skills, in terms of their daily life.  Help them see they have many strengths to help them cope if feeling anxious or upset.
  • Look for opportunities to help others: Acts of benevolence, charity and humanity help to restore positivity about the world.
  • Provide opportunities for children to be honest about their feelings: Sharing worries or feelings of upset with other family members reduces a sense of vulnerability and isolation, raises optimism and self-esteem.  Checking in with your children to see if they have any worries can help them start these conversations.
  • Provide opportunities for physical exercise: Exercise is valuable in developing natural chemicals in the brain to help us cope with feelings such as shock or worry.
  • Provide opportunities for creative activities: Creative activities such as drawing, music, dancing, painting and writing allow children to find different ways in which to process the events that are happening around them.
  • Communicate any concerns with school: If you have any worries or concerns about your child’s emotional behaviour please do let the school know.  There will be things the school can do to help further.
  • Look after yourself: A time of stress can mean less energy and more potential for illness for you, as well as others.  So please take care of yourself.

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World Health Organisation Advice

18. Help children find positive ways to express feelings such as fear and sadness.

Every child has their own way to express emotions. Sometimes engaging in a creative activity, such as playing, and drawing can facilitate this process. Children feel relieved if they can express and communicate their feelings in a safe and supportive environment.

19. Keep children close to their parents and family, if considered safe for the child, and avoid separating children and their caregivers as much as possible. If a child needs to be separated from their primary caregiver, ensure that appropriate alternative care is provided and that a social worker, or equivalent, will regularly follow up on the child. Further, ensure that during periods of separation, regular contact with parents and caregivers is maintained, such as twice-daily scheduled phone or video calls or other age-appropriate communication (e.g., social media depending on the age of the child).

20. Maintain familiar routines in daily life as much as possible, or create new routines, especially if children must stay at home. Provide engaging age appropriate activities for children, including activities for their learning. As much as possible, encourage children to continue to play and socialize with others, even if only within the family when advised to restrict social contract.

21. During times of stress and crisis, it is common for children to seek more attachment and be more demanding on parents. Discuss COVID-19 with your children using honest and ageappropriate way. If your children have concerns, addressing those together may ease their anxiety. Children will observe adults’ behaviors and emotions for cues on how to manage their own emotions during difficult times.

File icon: pdf World Health Organisation- mental-health-considerations [pdf 627KB] Click to download

New Emotional Wellbeing Resource

Information from the Children's  Bereavment Charity Penhaligons Friends .

 

File icon: pdf Penhaligon's Friends- Supporting children with bereavement during COVID19 situation [pdf 363KB] Click to download

Early Help Hub 

The Early Help Hub coordinates additional support for children and families in Cornwall. Parents and professionals are allowed to make contact.

File icon: pdf early-help-hub-leaflet [pdf 132KB] Click to download