COVID 19 Supports and Resources
During these uncertain times, it is normal to be experiencing anxiety, anger, sadness, and everything in between. It is important to allow yourself and your kids to feel these feelings. Sometimes they may present themselves in challenging behaviors. If you or your child are struggling to manage these feelings, I am here to help! Below are some resources that you can use during this COVID 19 crisis.
Responding to Loss and Grief – This link has some tips on how to support your child. It has coping strategies for kids and teens and activities to help process feelings.
This is a Coping Skills Chart. It explains different types of coping strategies, examples, and the pros/cons of each.
We spend a lot of time in “distraction mode”, checking out social media, watching tv, or playing video games, which can be helpful for temporary relief from our worries, but I encourage use of some of the other strategies too.
Try looking at the chart and identifying which coping skills you and your family use regularly. Maybe give another one a try! If you need some ideas about how to do this, feel free to reach out!
Cupcake Breaths- Ask your child to tell you her favorite cupcake flavor. Now tell her to close her eyes and imagine she is holding their favorite cupcake. Have her take a deep breath in through her nose, smelling the cupcake, then blow out slowly, imagining they are blowing out a candle on the cupcake. Try it 5 times together.
Belly Breaths- Take a slow deep breath in through your nose, filling your belly with air. Blow the air out slowly. Repeat 5 times.
My Happy Place: Start this exercise by asking your child to sit comfortably or get in any comfortable position he wants. As him to close his eyes and imagine himself in the happiest place he can imagine. This can be a real place or something he make up. Tell him to take a few minutes to really look around their happy place and then ask them to start describing it to you using each sense. Ask him each sense and give him a moment to think and respond. If he has trouble, prompt him with the next couple of questions. Follow his lead like you would asking about his day.
1. What do you see? Who is there? Animals? People? What colors do you see? What are people doing?
2. What do you hear? Are people talking? Is there music? Laughter?
3. What do you smell? Fresh air? The beach? Food? What is a yummy smell you could add to this happy place?
4. What do you feel? Is there a breeze? Are you holding anything?
5. Do you taste anything? What would you want to eat in your happy place?
Behavioral Health Services
If the worries get bigger than you feel you can handle, I can help you get connected to services. Many behavioral health agencies are continuing care with Telehealth, meeting by phone or computer.
If you are worried that someone you know is at risk of hurting themselves or others, here are some supports.
Children’s Crisis Response Center
3300 Henry Ave., Falls Two Building, Third Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19129
Open 24 hours a day
Philadelphia Children’s Mobile Crisis Team
Provides in-home crisis evaluations
Path Urgent Care Center
8220 Castor Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19152