Helping children navigate social distancing

Parents can take steps to help children cope during these uncertain times. Valley News/Courtesy photo
TEMECULA – Children may be more deeply affected by social distancing than any other group of people. In a matter of weeks, millions of young children and adolescents went from attending school in the classroom to being told they had to work exclusively from home. At the same time, children also were asked to give up their sports teams, clubs, meetings and play dates. Older children may understand the how and why of social distancing, but no matter their ages, children may be left emotionally adrift as social distancing guidelines stay in place.No one is certain about what the long-term effects of social distancing will be on both children and adults. Amy Learmonth, Ph.D., a developmental psychologist at the Cognition, Memory and Development Lab at William Paterson University in New J
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