Todos han sido afectados por la pandemia del COVID-19. Jóvenes y adultos por igual tienen muchas preguntas. Este libro ilustrado, escrito en un lenguaje sencillo que incluso el niño más pequeño puede seguir, contesta las preguntas de ellos. Una Nota a Padres y Cuidadores les da consejos para ayudar a los niños manejar su ansiedad causado por la pandemia. Escucha a la traductora, Samantha G. Rodriguez, lea el libro Guía de navegación del coronavirus para niños en voz alta. Ver todos los libros del Magination Books para ayudar a los niños hacer frente al COVID-19. Hear A Kid's Guide to Coronavirus read aloud in English here.Read More
About Rebecca Growe, MSW, LCSWRebecca Growe, MSW, LCSW, is a clinical social worker with a private practice. She specializes in treating child and adolescent anxiety disorders, disruptive behavior, and traumatic stress. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri. Visit Growe Counseling LLC.
We're months into the COVID-19 pandemic now, and it looks like the concerns, complications, and uncertainty it has created will be with us for a while. As we head into the fall, children, parents, and caregivers alike are suffering from a kind of pandemic fatigue. Caring for our children and ourselves has taken on a new dimension, and we all could use some strategies to handle these ongoing stressors. In May, Magination Press published two free resources to support kids during the pandemic: A Kid's Guide to Coronavirus, by Rebecca Growe, MSW, LCSW, and Julia Martin Burch, PhD, created for kids ages 3-8, (now also available in Spanish) and Unstuck! 10 Things to Do to Stay Safe and Sane During the Pandemic, by Bonnie Zucker, for kids ages 13-18. Both have a note at the end, providing specific strategies for coping with the anxiety, uncertainty, disappointment, and emotional roller coaster created by the pandemic. This excerpt from A Kid's Guide to Coronavirus Note to Parents and Caregivers provides six tips for parents to help themselves and their young children through this challenging time. The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for children and adults alike. Yet within great challenges lie opportunities for growth, bravery, and resilience. Provide Just Enough Information Strike a balance between oversharing information, which may lead kids to worry about aspects of the crisis they need not be worried about like the economy, and under-sharing. Too little information can send active imaginations into overdrive. Provide your child with limited, age-appropriate facts about the virus. Focus on what they can do to keep themselves, their families, and their communities safe, like wearing a mask and washing hands. Validate and Name Emotions It's normal for children to have a range of emotions in response to the pandemic: anxiety, fear, or anger, for example. No matter the emotion, it is important to validate it—to communicate to your child that their emotion makes sense and is okay for them to feel. For example, "I can understand why you're feeling worried. There are a lot of changes happening right now." It is also helpful to label the emotion your child is feeling; research demonstrates that naming an emotion decreases its intensity. In a difficult moment, taking the time to say, "I see that you are really sad" can be incredibly soothing to your child. Focus on the Present Moment Worried brains tend to focus on the future, predicting all of the scary things that might happen. Teach your child how to gently bring their mind back to the present moment by practicing mindfulness. Being mindful simply means that you are purposefully paying attention to the present moment without judging it as good or bad. Try playing a mindful "I Spy" in which you count all of the objects of a certain color in the space around you. You can mindfully eat, dance, walk, listen to music—the sky is the limit! Create a New Routine Flexibly following a consistent plan day-to-day providesRead More
...now, super-people everywhere are wearing masks to protect each other from coronavirus. Feel free to wear a cape, too! Everyone has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Kids and grownups alike have lots of questions. This picture book, written in simple language that even the youngest child can follow, answers kids' questions. A Note to Parents and Caregivers provides tips to help kids manage anxiety caused by the pandemic. Hear author, Rebecca Growe, read A Kid's Guide to Coronavirus aloud. Download the book here. View all Magination Press books to help kids cope with COVID-19.Read More