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How Can I Calm My Child Who Won’t Stop Talking About the Coronavirus?

By The Understood Team on

Some kids have a hard time letting go of things that worry them. They get stuck on ideas that make them feel anxious or threatened and can’t stop talking about them. (This is common in kids who struggle with executive function and kids with autism.)

It’s not easy getting kids who perseverate like that to put those thoughts to the side. Telling them that there’s no real threat from COVID-19 doesn’t help, especially because it isn’t true.

“The way to quell anxiety is to give kids some control over that threat,” says Jerry Schultz, PhD, clinical neuropsychologist and lecturer at Harvard Medical School. One way to do that is to make them the “experts” on the virus.

“Have them write articles, songs, plays, or create videos on the topic of How to Prepare for the Coronavirus Without Freaking Out,” says Schultz. “Let them become the voice of reason about this stressful topic and a guide for other kids (and adults).”

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The Understood Team

is made up of passionate writers, editors, and community moderators. Many of them learn and think differently, or have kids who do.

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Amanda Morin

worked as a classroom teacher and as an early intervention specialist for 10 years. She is the author of The Everything Parent’s Guide to Special Education. Two of her children have learning differences.

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