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Preschool Helps Young Children Cope with COVID-19

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Katrina Eirinberg
Children at Skip-a-Long

A local child care center continues to help young children cope with fear and anxiety during the pandemic.

Mental Health Therapist, Katrina Eirinberg, works for Skip-a-Long Child Development Services. She says children are smart, inquisitive, and observant.
So adults should give kids the information they need at their level along with the reasoning behind it.

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Katrina Eirinberg
Children play at Skip-a-Long

After listening and explaining, adults can move on to problem solving with their kids. For example, they can draw pictures or make cards, then send them to friends and relatives they can't visit in person. Eirinberg also says children learn by copying what their parents and teachers do and say.

Skip-a-Long and Eirinberg are helping children adjust by telling them what to expect and fulfilling their need for routine. She also provides special activities for children to practice social and emotional skills.