Ways to talk to your kids:
Attached you will find a Comic produced by NPR and an informational sheet on how to talk to kids about COVID-19 produced by the National Association of School Psychologist and the National Association of School Nurses.
Activities for mental health:
Mental health activities to do with your kids, and encourage them to do themselves, while out of school (or anytime!).
- Body Scan (any age)- great for relaxation anytime but especially before falling asleep.
- Relaxing Breathing Techniques (any age)
- Healthy Coping Skills Activities (ideas are varied for all ages)
- Mandala Coloring Sheets (any age)
- Nature Scavenger Hunt (Grades K-5)
- Nature Meditation (Grades 5-8)
- 101 Ways to Play Outdoors (Grades K-5)
It is important during this school closure and social distancing to try and keep a routine and a sense of normalcy. It will help to continue good sleep habits, healthy eating, plenty of sunshine and time outdoors, exercise, drinking plenty of water, of course, plenty of handwashing, and making the school work your child’s teacher has provided fun and part of the daily routine. Please use the attached Tracking Form of your self-care.
Mental health and social-emotional resource support:
You can reach Matt Guyette at firstname.lastname@example.org or Caryn Olivetti at email@example.com (802 989 2124). We will be checking our email daily. In case of a mental health emergency our local mental health agency, Howard Center First Call 488-7777