Experts talk about social development for children during a pandemic

‘It’s going to take a concerted effort’: Experts talk about social development for children in times of pandemic



ROB: FOR SO MANY KIDS, THE PANDEMIC MEANS NO GAMES, NO PARTIES, NO OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES. JULIE: WHAT KIND OF IMPACT WILL THIS HAVE ON CHILDREN IN THE FUTURE? AND HOW N CAWE HELPS? WE TAKE THESE QUESTIONS TO A FATHER ON THE FRONTL.ESIN THERE ARE SCREEN TIME LIMITS IN THIS HOUSE. >> 2 HOURS, WHICH IS PROBABLY TOO LONG AT THE END OF THE SERIES. JULIE: THIS IS ONE OF THE COVID HOUSE RULES TO KEEP ZOEY, CAINLV AND ELEANOR’S LIVES ACTIVE AND SOCIAL. >> I PLAY CAAIPTN TOAD. JULIE: IN THIS HOUSE, THEY TALK OPENLY ABOUT THE VIRUS AND SAFETY. >> DAD HAD THE VACCINE. >> DAD HAD CORONAVIRUS 2 TIMES. JULIE: “DAD” IS DR. BILL DORWART, PHYSICIAN IN FAMILY PRACTICE WITH CHI HEALTH. AT HOME, HE AND HIS WIFE, MICHELLE, ENCOURAGE FREE PLAY TIME AND LOTS OF READING. >> I WILL SHOW YOU THE WORDS FROM MY SITE. JULIE: ZOEY IS IN KINDERGARTEN AND THINKS CALVIN NEEDS TO LEARN THE SITE WORDS. >> SEE JULIE: WHAT BILL SEES IN HIS MEDICAL CLINIC IS CONCERNING. >>THE CHILDREN HAVE HAD BEHAVIOR PROBLEMS.MS I HAVE SEEN CHILDREN ENTERING MY CLINIC AND THEY ARE AFRAID AND SHY ORILD GAIN THE FACT THAT THEY HAVE NOT BEEN IN A SITUATNIO LIKE THIS RUN IN ALL THE PLACE. JULIE: WITH ONLINE SCHOOL, HE SAYS CHILDREN HAVE LOST STRUCTURE, ROUTINE AND THEIR MAIN SOCIAL OUTLET. >> HELP. JULIE: WHAT CAN WE DO? >> IT WILL TAKE A CONCERTED EFFORT. HAVE A LITTLE KINDNESS AND HUMAN COMPASSION TO UNDERSTAND THAT IT HAS BEEN A DIFFICULT YEAR FOR EVERYBODY. JULIE: LITTLE CHILDREN HAVE GOT USED TO SEE FACES, EXPRESSIONS AND EMOTIONS, COVERED BY MASKS. >> YOUNG CHILDREN, THE FIRST THING THEY LEARN TO RECOGNIZE IS PEOPLE’S EYES. LEARNING TO RECOGNIZE FACES AND RECOGNIZE EMOTIONS BASED ON FACES IS SOMETHING THAT LLWI TAKES TIME. JULIE: SO HOW CAN WE HELP CHILDREN SEE THEIR PATH THROUGH THIS LAST CLOSE OF SOCIAL DISTANCING? THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS SAYS PARENTS MUST MODEL HOTOW TO MANAGE FEELINGS. CHILDREN SIGN UP FROM YOU. KEEP HLTEAHY ROUTINES, ACKNOWLEDGE A CHILD’S FEARS AND OFFER EXTRA HUGS. CHI THERAPIST TIM HRON SAYS CONNECTION IS SO ESSENTIAL TO DEVELOPMENT. >> ANY KIND OF WAY WE CAN CONNECT THEM SOCIALLY SAFE IS SO IMPORTANT. >> ME. JULIE: KNOW THAT FOR CHILDREN, THERE WILL BE A LEARNING CURVE, ABOUT HOW TO ACT IN PUBLIC. >> I KNOW ITIG MHT IS A CHALLENGE THE FIRST TIMES WE GO OUT AT T.EA BUT I’M SURE PEOPLE AT THESE ESTABLISHMENTS ARE AWARE. JULIE: AND KNOW, KS IDMABEY MORE DISTRACTED THAN NORMAL, WHEN THEY FINALLY DO GROUP ACTIVITIES. ES >> THEY MISSED BIRTHDAY PARTIES, GOING TO FRIENDS. JULIE: MOM, MICHELLE, SAYS IT BEST, ALLOWING GRACE AS WE MOVE FORWARD. >> EVEN AS AN ADULT, I FEEL KELI I GET USED TO BEING AROUND PEOPLE, SO I CAN ONLY IMAGINE HOW IT IS FOR CHILDREN. JULIE: AND LET KNOW THAT THE CHILDREN KEEPING OUR DISTANCE IS NOT ETERNAL, AND THESE WALLS WILL BE FILLED WITH NEW MEMORIES OF TIME TOGETHER, SOON ENOH.UG REMEMBER THAT DEVELOPMENT IS A LIFELONG PROCESS. AND THE MOST SIGNIFICANT

‘It’s going to take a concerted effort’: Experts talk about social development for children in times of pandemic

The children have missed birthday parties, play dates and activities outside the home over the past year, and doctors say it may take them a while to recover. adapt socially as the pandemic ends. An Omaha doctor notices behavioral problems in his young patients. I’ve seen kids come into my clinic and they’re scared and shy or wild because they haven’t been in a situation like this and they’re running around,” said Dr Bill Dorwart , family physician at CHI Health. He said young children learn to read faces primarily with their eyes, but it may take a little longer to develop those skills because of all the people wearing masks. It encourages as much safe social interaction as possible for children. Child therapists remind parents that a child’s most important social interactions occur with their caregivers. Dorwart and his wife, Michelle, encourage lots of free play and book reading with their own children. He also encourages families to have their children vaccinated as soon as it becomes available.

Children have missed birthday parties, play dates and activities outside the home over the past year, and doctors say it may take them some time to adjust socially as the pandemic ends.

An Omaha doctor notices behavioral problems in his young patients.

“I’ve seen kids come into my clinic and be scared and shy or wild because they haven’t been in a situation like this and they’re running around,” said Dr Bill Dorwart , family physician with CHI Santé.

He said young children learn to read faces primarily with their eyes, but it may take a little longer to develop those skills because of all the people wearing masks.

It encourages social interaction that is as safe as possible for children.

Child therapists remind parents that a child’s most important social interactions occur with their caregivers.

Dorwart and his wife, Michelle, encourage lots of free play and book reading with their own children. He also encourages families to have their children vaccinated as soon as it becomes available.

Joel C. Hicks