Coronavirus: Kids and Anxiety During the COVID-19 Pandemic



Explaining the COVID-19 novel coronavirus to children can be a challenge. Dr. Breanna Winder-Patel, a clinical psychologist at the world-renowned UC Davis MIND Institute, answers questions about guiding kids through this difficult situation, including those with neurodevelopmental differences, and explains how to understand and manage their stress and anxiety. This was recorded before mandatory masking was implemented.

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0:00 Introduction
1:11 Causes of anxiety during COVID
2:32 Explaining coronavirus to kids
5:15 Setting daily routines with kids at home
7:45 Challenges for children with neurodevelopmental disorders
10:34 Supporting kids when they are scared
15:08 Autism and coronavirus fears
17:15 When should someone see a doctor for anxiety?
18:40 Video visits and telehealth
21:15 Resources for families
25:50 Successful schooling at home
27:03 The importance of flexibility

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