Anxiety During a National Emergency
As the news about COVID-19 gets more alarming every day, it is understandable that everyone is feeling anxious right now. With schools closed, special needs children are missing their normal routines and caregivers are faced with the overwhelming task of helping children make sense of what is happening. Our children are looking to us for guidance on how to react to stressful events. They will naturally react to and follow our reactions. This is an opportunity for us to model problem-solving, flexibility, and compassion as we all work through our new daily challenges. These tips from the National Association of School Psychologists can help.
Stay calm, listen, and offer reassurance
Monitor television viewing and social media
Take time to talk honestly and accurately
Stay connected to school
Be aware of your children's mental health
A message from Alpha School
These are absolutely difficult times for all of us. On behalf of all our staff at Alpha School, we want to at least keep our families supported through our monthly school articles. Each month we plan on publishing useful information to help, even in a small way, all of our Alpha families cope with these highly unusual circumstances.
We will be with you every step of the way. Should you need anything or have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.
Be well, be safe.
From all of us at Alpha School
— John Gonzalez, Principal-Alpha School, Jackson, NJ