The spread of the coronavirus—first internationally, then nationally, and now affecting Westchester—is increasing anxiety among all age groups, including children, many of whom have experienced school and houses of workship closings. At a time when anxiety is on the rise, it's important for adults to remember that they set the tone with their children. Stress is contagious so being calm is important. It's also essential to reinforce how essential it is to take precautionary measures The following are helpful resources for parents and grandparents seeking guidance regarding how to talk to children about the coronavirus from the New York Times and Child Mind Institute, plus a comic stri that explains coronavirus and prevention recommendations in a child-friendly comic strip: 

New York Timeshttps://parenting.nytimes.com/childrens-health/coronavirus-kids-talk

The Child Mind Institute: https://childmind.org/article/talking-to-kids-about-the-coronavirus/

NPR: https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/02/28/809580453/just-for-kids-a-comic-exploring-the-new-coronavirus

Westchester County has published these recommendations regarding coronavirus: https://health.westchestergov.com/2019-novel-coronavirus

Additional information about coronavirus is provided here from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

To WJCS Clients: Please note that we care about the health and of all we serve. If you are experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness (cough, fever or shortness of breath), please remain home and take care of yourself. We would be happy to help reschedule your program or appointment.

 

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