As children transition back into summer activities and get ready for school this fall, some may find themselves concerned about the change in their daily routines and expectations.
After many months of limited socialization and imposed distancing from friends and family, the sudden changes in rules and expectations are challenging for adults to navigate — not to mention children.
In June, Laura Bleill of chambanamoms.com sat down with Brooke DiBello of Carle for a chat recorded and presented via Facebook.
The licensed clinical professional counselor and registered play therapist at Carle provides resources, coping tips, and helpful information to families who are transitioning back into daily routines and social activities.
Topics discussed include:
- Current trends seen in children coping through the pandemic.
- Recognizing stress and anxiety in children.
- Responding to children feeling anxious over re-entering activities.
- Helping children deal with disappointment over cancelled events or unexpected change.
- Helping children build mental stamina and practicing self-care.
- Preparing children to reintegrate into school this fall.
She also provides information about the importance of movement and gross motor activities to supplement our routines in order to assist children in attention to activities and everyday tasks.
To get in touch with Brooke DiBello, she is available to see patients via the psychiatry and psychology department at Carle. Her office is located in Champaign.
For more about children’s health resources in the Champaign-Urbana area, visit our comprehensive guide, presented by Carle.
Thank you to our friends at Carle for providing access to quality information during these uncertain times.
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