UMMS webinar today aims to help kids cope with COVID-19

UMMS webinar today aims to help kids cope with COVID-19

A licensed clinical social worker at the University of Maryland School of Medicine will lead a free interactive discussion this afternoon offering resources and strategies to help children cope during COVID-19.

Kay Connors, an instructor in the psychiatry department, specializes in child and family traumatic stress.

“The safety of families, both physically and emotionally, is of utmost importance during this time,” Connors said in a statement. “To adapt, children need parents and caregivers to explain why the changes are needed to deal with the COVID- 19 outbreak and what they can do to help. Children need help identifying and understanding their feelings, routines and family time will help them cope and move forward.”

Her webinar, “Helping Children Cope,” will cover several issues, including:

  • Caring for yourself and your family: Are you wearing your life jacket?
  • Center yourself: Fear Zone, Learning Zone, Growth Zone
  • Emotional safety
  • “Look for the Helpers”
  • “Name it to Tame it”
  • The importance of routines
  • Fun matters, too
  • Adapt and move forward

The webinar starts at 3 p.m. EDT. Pre-registration is recommended.

The webinar is part of a series the University of Maryland Medical System is offering about the coronavirus: “Not All Wounds Are Visible: A Community Conversation About Mental Health and COVID-19.”

Another UMMS webinar will be offered on Thursday that will discuss strategies of “staying connected with family and friends to help lower feelings of social isolation during a time of physical distancing.”

The speaker is Wanda Binns, a licensed clinical social worker and UMMS’ employee assistance program manager.

Thursday’s webinar, “Isolated but Connected,” starts at 3 p.m. EDT. Pre-registration is recommended.

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