Social, Emotional, & Behavioral Resources
Throughout this challenging time the district's Mental Health Staff (social workers and school psychologists) are committed to helping our students, families, and staff. Below are links to articles, videos, infographics, and other resources pertaining to a range of topics including: how to talk to your child about COVID-19, coping strategies, behavioral strategies, and ways to access additional supports if needed. This page will be updated with new content throughout the closure, so be sure to check back often.
**If your child is in crisis, please call 211 to access Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Services.**
Talking to Children About COVID-19
The National Association for School Psychologists (NASP), in collaboration with the National Association for School Nurses (NASN) have published two separate documents in order to provide guidance on how to talk to children about COVID-19. The first was published in late February and provides guidelines and suggestions for discussions and exposure to information related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The second was updated on March 15th and provides additional strategies to help support children in managing the significant changes occurring (such as school closures and social distancing practices). In addition to these guidance documents, there are many resources available to help explain and process COVID-19 and the resulting changes.
Time to Come Inside Bear- A video story on YouTube to help explain social distancing to younger children.
Captain Corona & the COVID19 Warriors- A story book about COVID-19 and the essential workers who are working hard in the fight against the Coronavirus (including YOU!).
Guide to Helping Families Cope with COVID-19- The National Child Traumatic Stress Network published this guide for parents/caregivers. Includes a chart with possible reactions to stress by age level as well as suggestions for how parents/caregivers should respond to these reactions.
Wearing Masks- A video made by Mrs. McGuinn, Social Worker at Alice Peck, about wearing masks (geared towards younger students).
Social Emotional Resources
Included in these resources will be activities, articles, videos, or links that support the social emotional aspects of our children and families. Included are things such as mindfulness activities, meditations, sensory ideas, and Brain Break and Self-Care ideas.
The "Big 7"- Strategies for Regulating Emotions in Uncertain Times- A RULER Webinar
Managing Emotions Through Self-Care & Building Resilience- A RULER Webinar
Clifford Beers Warm Line- Provides an option for people to talk if they are feeling lonely or stressed during the pandemic. The idea is to offer a “compassionate ear” during this time of high anxiety. Clifford Beers says they hope to target those living alone who may have no one to talk to or need help with resources and can’t leave the house due to the risk of contracting the virus. The “warm line” is offered in both English and Spanish and is staffed by trained Clifford Beers specialists and is available Monday-Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. You can call at 203-287-2460.
Unfortunately, the COVID 19 Pandemic has led to the unexpected loss of family members and friends. Below are some resources which may be of use in helping you and your child process these losses.
Wellness Wednesday Newsletters
Every Wednesday, the HPS Mental Health Staff will post a new Wellness Wednesday Newsletter which includes activities, strategies, and resources for families.
Issue #1 (April 8, 2020)- Written by Donna Nolan, School Psychologist at Spring Glen; Cathy King, School Psychologist at HHS; and Susan Paluzzi, School Psychologist at HMS.
Issue #2 (April 15, 2020)- Includes great ideas for Spring Break!
Issue #3 (April 22, 2020)- Connection & Unity
Issue #4 (April 29, 2020)- Courage
Additional Supports for Secondary Students/Families
This section will include supports and resources specific to students at the secondary level.
Supporting Teenagers and Young Adults During the COVID-19 Crisis- An article from The Child Mind Institute