A widely reported study didn’t ring any alarm bells for children’s increasing screen time, but neither did it give heavy use of devices the all-clear.
Attention control theory holds that heightened anxiety impairs the efficiency of mental processes. For instance, stressing about something can make us lose focus on the task at hand.
Despite warnings about the impact of climate change on health, surprisingly little has been written about the mental health consequences of climate change for children.
Research shows climate change is already affecting the healthy psychological development of children worldwide. Children’s mental health risks will only accelerate as climate change advances.
Self-harm is often a response to mounting stress and uncertainty. So it’s not surprising rates have gone up during the pandemic. Self-harm can be a means to cope and establish control over emotions.
Dance and movement therapy not only holds promise for treatment of trauma, anxiety and depression but can also contribute lifelong coping skills.
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The COVID-19 pandemic and a growing global refugee crisis have shone a light on the ever-increasing need for new approaches to mental health treatment.
For children, the risks associated with school closures have surpassed the health risks associated with COVID-19.
Amid uncertainties about what the pandemic will look like this fall, experts answer questions about risks of infection in unvaccinated children and the risks of missing in-person school.
Noticing, validating and managing emotions is an important part of family health and wellness.
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A successful transition in September is a whole-family affair.
Play will be essential to give children space to work out anxieties, and will also provide many other social and cognitive benefits.
Communicating clearly with children and providing space for them to play will be vital during back-to-school and beyond as children manage stressors associated with COVID-19.
Treating children’s mental health symptoms, even without a diagnosis, can be beneficial.
Not every child with mental health difficulties has a diagnosis. An approach that focuses on symptoms rather than diagnostic labels can help support children who could benefit from treatment.
Children at St Edward’s CE Primary School in Rochdale Gtr Manchester use the school’s rabbits and other animals in their learning.
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From rabbits to maggots, school pets are common but we need to think of them as partners, not resources
Whether just comfortable at home or nervous about leaving, kids may need extra support to get back out there.
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After more than a year of isolation and empty schedules, some kids might be apprehensive or anxious about interacting with the outside world. Psychology experts provide tips to ease the transition.
Children need a chance to rest and recharge this year more than ever.
Summer programmes should focus on physical activity, socialising, and being creative – not school work.
Through creativity, children make sense of the world.
Art can be a way to promote and support mental health in children, and understanding children’s experiences through the pandemic as seen through children’s art may help support them into the future.
Anxiety about starting school is common – among both children and parents. This can be for many reasons, but it’s useful to keep in mind exposure to our fears helps reduce anxiety.
Our report examines Australia's educational performance against equity and excellence benchmarks. It finds the inequality gap is large and growing.
To protect students and communities across the U.S. from COVID-19, many districts have switched to digital learning or a hybrid of in-classroom and virtual schooling.
Children struggle amidst adversity, but these tumultuous and highly emotional times make it a critical time to teach ‘resilience’ – giving kids coping skills.
Some children are not socially engaging with their peers in the way they did before the pandemic. It’s understandable if parents are worried.
A concerning number of children in Australia have experienced trauma. Being more sensitive to what this means can help both the child and the teacher.
Getting students to move while learning a concept helps them understand it better. And it gets them off their seats.
Household economic stress of the type brought on by COVID-19 is likely resulting in more stressed-out, anxious and hyperactive children, according to past data.
The effects of economic stress on children are big. Parents’ anxiety about their financial situation is equivalent to the effect of a divorce, and is likely at play amid COVID-19.