People getting sick, schools closing, and news about the coronavirus can be scary and confusing for kids—especially for younger kids. Older kids may worry about grades slipping or not being prepared for upcoming exams. And in general, kids may feel anxious about the unknown.
Kids who learn and think differently can have added challenges. For example, it’s common for kids with ADHD and other learning and thinking differences to also struggle with anxiety.
Language disorders can make it hard for kids to express their thoughts and understand what people say. Kids with slow processing speed need longer to take in and process what they hear. All of those things make talking about the unfolding crisis harder.
Having information and answers can help. But it’s important to talk with kids in an age-appropriate way. Some kids may not want to open up about feelings or fears. Tell them that’s OK, and that you’re there to listen and answer questions any time.