Supporting Your Child Through COVID-19

Supporting Your Child Through COVID-19

A new type of coronavirus, abbreviated COVID-19, is causing an outbreak of respiratory (lung) disease. It was first detected in China and has now been detected internationally. While the immediate health risk in the United States is low, it is important to plan for any possible outbreaks if the risk level increases in the future.

Concern over this new virus can make children and families anxious. While we don’t know where and to what extent the disease may spread here in the United States, we do know that it is contagious, that the severity of illness can vary from individual to individual, and that there are steps we can take to prevent the spread of infection. Acknowledging some level of concern, without panicking, is appropriate and can result in taking actions that reduce the risk of illness. Helping children cope with anxiety requires providing accurate prevention information and facts without causing undue alarm.

It is very important to remember that children look to adults for guidance on how to react to stressful events. If parents seem overly worried, children’s anxiety may rise. Parents should reassure children that health and school officials are working hard to ensure that people throughout the country stay healthy. However, children also need factual, age appropriate information about the potential seriousness of disease risk and concrete instruction about how to avoid infections and spread of disease. Teaching children positive preventive measures, talking with them about their fears, and giving them a sense of some control over their risk of infection can help reduce anxiety.

Informational Resources

Interactive Online Resources for Student and Family

SalusCare Parent Group

You are not alone!

Parents, Let’s Come Together and Support Each Other.

Life itself is full of different challenges, not to mention, adding on a Pandemic as COVID19. SalusCare is always alongside of you and your family, especially through the difficult times. You are not alone! We want to help support you and your family. SalusCare is hosting group sessions via ZOOM to bring us together through interactive discussions, with revision/ new coping skills for you and the people you care about the most, your family. Sessions are open to patients and the general public and are free!

Some topics may include but not limited:

  • Challenges of managing your child’s schoolwork at home
  • Establishing a healthy routine
  • Ways to reassure when you’re scared
  • Places to find support
  • Working as a team despite the tension
  • Fun activities with few resources
  • Adding to your support system
  • Acknowledge Strengths
  • Ways to draw from your past resilience and build new ones
  • Self-care
  • Recognizing the difference between external locus of control and internal locus of control
  • Emotional safety
  • Mindfulness/ positive affirmation/ gratitude

SalusCare Community Group

SalusCare is holding a variety of open groups through Zoom for our community to help manage the stress and concern surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic. You do not have to be a patient of SalusCare and there is no fee to attend. Topics may include managing stress and anxiety during the coronavirus pandemic, self-care, mindfulness and meditation, dealing with boredom, healthy coping to stay sober and safe, and others. You are not alone. We are here to help.

FGCU Counseling Program

The FGCU Counseling Program would like to offer you and your family support. In an effort to alleviate the stress of staying at home, studying from home, and working from home. We are offering free individual and confidential support meetings using virtual video platforms. The free support meetings are for you only (these are not support groups or therapy groups) and it is meant to help you stay grounded, centered, and connected.

Valerie's House - Grief Support for Children

Valerie’s House is the first and only organization in Southwest Florida with its sole mission to help children grieve the loss of a loved one. At Valerie's House, children will know other children like them, heal together and learn loss doesn't have to limit their dreams. Valerie's House programs also provide support for parents and caregivers as they cope with the loss of a spouse or child. We provide our group support programs at no cost to your family.