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Lack of School Structure and Student Mental Health

Updated: Apr 14, 2020

One of our team members, Dr. Reeves, has some important commentary on potential impacts that the current stay-at-home order in Austin may affect kids' routines and thought processes.

As seen on CBS Austin:

Schools Remain Closed Until May 4th

In other situations, this news may have kids jumping for joy - but in this unprecedented time, the structure and stability that a school schedule provides is both welcomed and necessary. Soon, a lack of school structure could begin to take a toll on students' mental health.

To mitigate this toll, parents may try scheduling meal times, outdoor activity, online socializing and academic instruction.

However, it's important not to push day to day activities to the point where they become another source of stress! Signs of stress include: excessive crying, anger or hostility, fearful behavior, and changes in sleeping or eating patterns.

One Day At a Time

In all this craziness, it's most important simply to focus children on what is certain -- taking things one day at a time and acknowledging we're all in the same boat together.

Thanks again to CBS news for reaching out to us! We are always happy to help spread important messages to the community.

Read the article on their site:

Written by Dr. Monica Stewart

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