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Keep Children Healthy During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Based on available evidence, children do not appear to be at higher risk for COVID-19 than adults. While some children and infants have been sick with COVID-19, adults make up most of the known cases to date. Read more »

Do I Need to Worry about My Child Falling Behind? [presentation] [video]

As a parent, you have probably come to appreciate your child’s teachers in a whole new way during this unprecedented school closure period. Even so, you are worried about your child’s progress academically and socially. Is she falling behind? She is missing her friends. What about all this screen time? Read more »

Psychological Toll of the Pandemic: A Third of Americans Now Show Signs of Clinical Anxiety or Depression

A third of Americans are showing signs of clinical anxiety or depression, Census Bureau data shows, the most definitive and alarming sign yet of the psychological toll exacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Read more »

Bullying Preceded Many LGBTQ Youth Suicides

Sitting Around Harmful To Teens’ Mental Health

The world has spent much of 2020 stuck indoors avoiding the coronavirus pandemic. While some children may enjoy the time off from going to school and other responsibilities, it may not be the best thing for their mental health. A study looking at the mental health of children found that even an hour of light activity each day can lower their risk for depression entering adulthood. Read more »

‘He’s Incredibly Confused’: Parenting A Child With Autism During The Pandemic

Living with the pandemic has been difficult for everyone: the isolation, the need to wear protective gear like masks and gloves, the adjustment to working or learning from home.

For those living with or caring for someone with severe autism, those challenges can be exponentially more difficult. Read more »

How to Address Mental Health Issues of Youth in Fallout From COVID-19

There will be many ways that the COVID-19 pandemic will reshape American life. While our immediate attention is on the impact the virus has had on physical health, we also need to address how the pandemic will impact the mental health of our young people and their families. Read more »

Some LGBTQ Young People Face Rejection From Families in Lockdown

Staying home and sheltering in place can be stressful for everyone. But for some college students who identify as LGBTQ, returning to family environments can be very difficult and even psychologically damaging, psychologists say. Read more »

6 Ideas for Summer Fun Now That Camp Has Been Canceled

By now the news likely has settled in — your best-laid plans for sending the kids to summer camp have been obliterated by the coronavirus pandemic. There are still plenty of ideas for salvaging summer camp — most for families with budgets at every end of the spectrum. Read more »

Helping Students Through a Period of Grief

Educators often face challenges supporting students through loss and grief, in part because neither teachers nor principals are generally trained as grief counselors. Yet in the coming weeks and months, many students will experience losses of loved ones and of ways of life, and schools are in a unique position to collectively engage and support them with compassion in the grieving process. Read more »

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