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April 13, 2020
Q&A With Dr. Amy Seay Child Psychologist | Part Two of a Three-Part Series
During these unprecedented times of the COVID-19 pandemic, many parents have questions about how to talk with and help their children. Dr. Seay child psychologist from Arkansas Children’s Northwest shares her insights about some of the signs and symptoms parents should be aware of, as well as many resources for additional help.
Q: How can parents help reduce anxiety in their kids?
Dr. Seay: There are many things you can do to support your child. For example:
Q: If a parent is concerned about their child, when should they seek additional help?
Remember that it is normal to see some of the changes in behavior and mood that I have outlined; however, if these things persist after the stressor has passed and/or if they are impacting your child’s functioning in ways that are not ok to just monitor over time, then reaching out to a local mental health provider and/or agency about telehealth options is recommended.
If you work for a company or business that has an Employee Assistance Program (EAP), consider asking if the resources for behavioral health intervention that are available to you extend to your family members (they often do).
Children who are preoccupied with questions or concerns about the coronavirus outbreak might benefit from additional evaluation and treatment recommendations provided by a trained and qualified mental health professional. Other signs that a child may need additional help include: ongoing sleep disturbances, intrusive thoughts or worries, recurring fears about illness or death, reluctance to leave parents, or be alone. If such behaviors persist, ask your child’s pediatrician, family physician or school counselor to help arrange an appropriate referral.