Helping children and teens cope with coronavirus anxiety
Adults need to be honest with children and teens about what is happening during the coronavirus pandemic, says child psychologist Wendy Evers Gordon, PhD. But she stresses the need to share positive information as well. Gordon talks about the importance of limiting media consumption and maintaining emotional closeness even while keeping physical distance from loved ones. Gordon directs the Juvenile Trauma Clinic at Upstate, where she is a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences.
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