FNHA Community COVID 19 Safety Planning Guide
Seabird Island PHE
I hope all of you are keeping well during this time.
This is the site where you will find activities and resources posted by Mr. Galis.
This is a video on explaining the school’s purpose and origin.
This is a music video/song project that a group of students worked on.
This is a video showing and talking about the friendship bench project:
A longer post this week but at CTR, we wanted to provide you with practical insights into how to help your child/youth with complex trauma in this time of isolation. Keep scrolling for additional resources to support you while you are at home with your children.
COVID-19 – Helping your Child in a Time of Stress
by Joanna Nicholson, MA, RCC
the implementation of ‘social distancing,’ many parents are finding that their
spring break plans, as well as daily schedules, have changed. There are many
reactions to the changes that have recently taken place due to the COVID-19
virus. Perhaps you are feeling disappointed, you may be concerned about
becoming ill, or that a family member may contract COVID-19. Maybe you are
worried about job security, safety at work or are trying to figure out how to
work from home. You may be experiencing loss of income or fear of financial
difficulty in the future. Perhaps you are feeling relieved that many of the
events on your calendar, as well as the items on your ‘to-do’ list, have been
cancelled or are no longer necessary. Whatever your reaction to recent events,
you may be wondering what life will look like for you and the children in your
care in the weeks to come.
We are all corona-stressed! For parents/caregivers of children who have experienced complex trauma, this time can bring up unique challenges as children can be anxious as they observe the reactions of their parents or caregivers. This time can be used as an opportunity to spend time engaged in activities that can help your child’s development.
An overview of the Complex Care Intervention (CCI) model can be found at https://www.complextrauma.ca/about/our-approach/. The following are some ideas of how to manage recent changes within the context of the developmental domains of CCI.
Neurological and Biological Maturity
Routine – Don’t underestimate how important a consistent routine is. Keeping children’s waking, eating, and sleeping schedule the same each day will help children feel that their world is still predicable and safe. Hot tip: When kids are part of the planning process, they become partners and therefore, are more motivated and engaged in the participation process. Write a new schedule together (takes 5 mins) at the end of dinner for the following day.
Physical Activity – If your child has specific fine or gross motor skills that have been identified as an area of potential growth, this may be an excellent opportunity to practice or learn a new skill. Maybe your child could learn to ride a bike, practice kicking a soccer ball, learn to skip, or practice balancing. These are all activities that, when done with a parent/caregiver, also build attachment. Having to maintain physical distance from others can also be an opportunity to explore a new walking or hiking trail. In addition, exercise releases those happy hormones (endorphines) so it’s a win-win for everyone to not only be doing something but to feel happy 🙂
Over-Reactive Stress Response
COVID-19 Anxiety – Within the Complex Care Intervention (CCI) program, lowering overall stress is a key step and a priority for intervention. Children who have experienced complex trauma can be hypersensitive to potential threats to their safety. It is important to talk to your children regarding their thoughts, concerns and fears surrounding COVID-19. Remember to obtain accurate information from credible sources. Link to the Canadian public health site: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html
Also be mindful of the amount of media coverage your family is watching. Anxious children need manageable amounts of information which is appropriate for their developmental age and emotional maturity. Children need to be aware of the things that they can do to keep themselves safe, such as frequent hand washing, not touching their face, and maintaining distance from those outside of their household.
Link ‘How to Talk to your Kids about Corona Virus: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/17/parenting/coronavirus-kids-talk.html Have FUN! Keep laughing – did you know that laughter can relieve tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after? Now is the time to decrease those stress hormones so spend time each day finding funny videos or memes and/or making your own and sharing them with us.
Calm Environment – Be intentional about creating a calm culture within your household. A slower pace of life allows parents and caregivers an opportunity to build calming activities into daily routine. With fewer reasons to rush out the door in the morning, consider reading aloud to your child/children in the morning as they eat breakfast. Or find a mindfulness relaxation or yoga exercise you can all practice together. Consider building a fort or ‘cozy corner’ that your child can use as a place to relax when they are feeling overwhelmed or stressed. Having relaxing music playing in the background throughout the day can promote feelings of calm.
**Balance is offering a one year free subscription (a personalized meditation program) https://www.balanceapp.com/desktop (be sure to open on ipad or iphone to unlock).
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Joanna is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors and holds a Master of Arts Degree in Counselling Psychology. In addition to working with the Complex Trauma Resources (CTR) team, Joanna provides clinical counselling within an interdisciplinary health care setting providing emotional and practical support to patients and their family members in the midst of significant illness. To read more about Joanna visit: https://www.complextrauma.ca/about/our-team/
RESOURCES AND ONLINE SUPPORT
At CTR, we’ve compiled some useful resources for you as you navigate isolation with your children.
Homeschooling Sites & Info to Guide You:
Adventure games & educational videos:
Free – Kids Daily Illustration classes:
Free Art Lessons:
Bring the Zoo home:
Live virtual concerts:
Virtual Museum Tours
Virtual Broadway Shows