EWRSD Wellness Newsletter
As 2020 draws to a close, we would like to wish you and your family a healthy, safe, and relaxing holiday season.
As always, we hope that you find the resources and information contained in this newsletter useful. To view past newsletters, please visit our website.
Workshop for Parents
Helping Parents Cope w/Covid: Remote Learning Fatigue and Stress Management
January 13, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.
Join us for a virtual session as EWRSD school-based clinicians will discuss Remote Learning Fatigue and provide strategies to help manage fatigue and stress associated with learning in the virtual environment.
Event address for attendees (English): https://rutgers.webex.com/rutgers/onstage/g.php?MTID=e946d844a5c51bd64557953ac1bc7a849
Dirección del evento para los participantes (Spanish): https://rutgers.webex.com/rutgers/onstage/g.php?MTID=ececd11876a579eb5ce71fd85ee094196
The Mental Health Association in New Jersey’s Hope and Healing Program offers a variety of free and pubic support groups, including parenting, pregnancy, stress reduction, among many others. A list of all of the offerings can be found here.
Transition into the Adult System of Services for Students with Disabilities, January 21
The EWRSD is proud to sponsor a presentation by the New Jersey Support Coordination. This presentation is for families of students with disabilities who will be graduating next year or are nearing graduation. Medicaid eligibility, support coordination, choosing the right support coordination agency, and other information will be covered. The presentation will last approximately 30 minutes. For more information, please see the flyer below.
Capitol County Children’s Collaborative
In the October issue of the Wellness Newsletter, we shared detailed information about Capitol County Children’s Collaborative (CCCC). The organization provides care management and support to students with disabilities or who struggle with substance abuse or mental health issues. CCCC’s goals include education on how to navigate the children’s system of care, find resources, and help empower individuals to achieve their goals.
CCCC recently developed a short video that explains the services they offer and can be viewed here.
As the first coronavirus vaccines are rolling out to the public, people understandably have questions. The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has compiled a FAQ to help promote understanding. The FAQ can be accessed here.
Emotional Support for Children during COVID-19
According to an article published in Child Trends, below are some steps you can take to support the emotional well-being of children during this time:
- Providing age-appropriate information about the pandemic
- Early Childhood
- Middle and High School
- Students with Disabilities
- Decreasing exposure to coverage related to COVID-19
- Remembering that social distancing does not mean social isolation
- Creating a safe physical and emotional environment by practicing the 3 R’s: Reassurance, Routines, and Regulation
- Keeping children busy with new routines and activities
- Emphasizing strengths, hope, and positivity
- Seeking professional help if children show signs of trauma that do not resolve relatively quickly
Some children may internalize the uncertainty they are feeling during this time, which may result in anxiety, acting out, withdrawing/isolating behaviors, or depression. Allowing children to discuss their feelings, share their thoughts, and participate in how their “new normal” routines are planned may help ease some of their worries during this ambiguous time. The following resources may be helpful to parents and educators:
Additional Mental Health Supports
Social distancing has, for many, meant remote learning, no recreational sports, no birthday parties or school dances; no group outlet. For youth already struggling with grades or confidence or belonging, the pandemic has exacerbated their mood swings, emotional withdrawal, substance use, or behavioral conditions. Please know that there is help available. The New Jersey Department of Children and Families’ (DCF) Division of the Children’s System of Care has free or low-cost access to behavioral health support 24/7/365. Please see the links below for more information.