School closures this fall may impact kids psychologically, according to a psychotherapist. Here’s how parents can help.


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Amy Morin is a psychotherapist, licensed clinical social worker, mental strength coach, and international bestselling author.
As the coronavirus pandemic continues across the US, many schools are in limbo as to whether or not they will reopen for in-person classes this fall.
If schools remain closed, Morin says that some students, especially those with preexisting mental health challenges, may be more susceptible to a psychological and emotional distress.
Morin says it’s important to establish an at-home routine with extracurricular activities such as music, crafts, or sports, and to set goals so that your kids can feel a sense of accomplishment
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I’ve heard several different potential school-year scenarios from my friends who are scattered across the country. Some of them are being told by their districts that kids may be able to attend school a few days a week in the fall. Others are hearing their kids might attend classes virtually — at least at first. And some have heard that schools are likely to open in the fall despite the pandemic.

The idea that schools might not open next fall has many parents worried. While some are worried about practical issues — like daycare — others are concerned that being out of school might negatively affect kids socially, emotionally, and cognitively.

While we don’t know what the long-term psychological impact on kids might be (after all, closing schools due to a pandemic isn’t something any recent generations have endured), there is some evidence that being out of school could take a toll on some kids’ emotional well-being.

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Potential psychological impacts

School closures might not have a psychological impact on some kids. After all, plenty of homeschooled children are well-adjusted individuals.

Not all children will fare so well, however. Some may experience emotional distress that could affect them for the rest of their lives. Here’s what we know so far:

Kids with preexisting mental health issues may experience the most problems. According to a report published in The Lancet in April, 83% of young individuals with a history of mental illness say the pandemic made their condition worse. So while some kids may struggle with fears of getting sick, others may experience distress due to the changes to their daily routines and being isolated from their friends.
Some kids will lack access to resources. About 26% of young people with a mental health issue report they are unable to …read more

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