As our communities struggle to do what is needed to keep people safe and families work to find a new a “normal” while caring for and educating children at home full time – it can be a lot to handle. Child psychologist and trauma expert, Dr. Bruce Perry offered 8 tips for helping children stay regulated in this recent article from Psychology Today. Dr. Perry was also a part of this video resource for parents, Staying sane while Parenting with Shelter-in-Place!
For service providers who would like to hear more detailed discussions about these and other concepts related to trauma and self-regulation, Dr. Perry is producing the COVID-19 Stress, Distress, and Trauma Video Series and holds regular “office hours” on a variety of topics.
Remember, if you or someone you know is feeling overwhelmingly stressed, please reach out for help. Kansas has a Parent Helpline that is available 24/7 by phone, email, and they even have a free mobile app! You can also reach out to the Community Mental Health Center in your area. We have included a link to the directory here.
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Please continue to take care of yourself and each other. #StayatHome #PhysicallyDistantEmotionallyClose