This guest piece is written by Sarah Hall. If you have interacted closely with children or their parents over the past year, there is a good chance that you have glimpsed the effects of the pandemic on young people. Limited research points to increases in internalizing symptoms (such as anxiety and depression ), externalizing symptoms (such as disruptive and oppositional behaviors), and stress-related physical symptoms (such as headaches and stomachaches) in children and teenagers since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. There are a number of reasons why children's mental health has suffered over the past year. Source: Kelly Sikkema/Unsplash Disruption of routines. The pandemic has resulted in significant disruptions to everyday routines. Essentially all children who attend school outside of the home have experienced multiple, significant changes to their school routines as schools have implemented measures such as remote learning, shortened school days, social distancing, and masking. Youth whose weekly schedules involved participation in school clubs, sports practices, or music lessons found those activities suddenly ground to a halt. Many children have also experienced changes to their routines at home, including family interactions and activities and even sleep schedules, as the result of parents working remotely or family financial… Read full this story
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