Dr. Vidya Krishnan, Head of Adolescent Mental Health Services and Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at Children’s Health Council, appeared on KTVU News to discuss strategies for coping with the anxiety and stress many families are experiencing as children head back to school remotely.
Dr. Krishnan recommends partnering with your child.
“You aren’t going to walk this walk alone,” said Dr. Krishnan. “I am with you every step of the way. We will figure it out together.”
As for concerns with socialization, experts suggest adapting to socializing remotely and allowing for more video interaction and play. Kids can also do a joint activity.
“Maybe the two of them can watch a movie or watch a show and they can talk about something,” said Dr. Krishnan. “It can sometimes break the ice for kids who don’t do that well on a remote medium.”
Experts said it’s not a “one size fits all” approach. It’s best for parents to be aware of their children’s needs and what works best for their family.
Excerpted from “Mental health experts on managing back to school anxiety amid pandemic” on KTVU.com. Read the full article.