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Talking to kids about the coronavirus

Concern over this new virus can make children and families anxious. While we don’t know where and to what extent the disease may spread here in the United States, we do know that it is contagious, that the severity of illness can vary from individual to individual, and that there are steps we can take to prevent the spread of infection. Helping children cope with anxiety requires providing accurate prevention information and facts without causing undue alarm. Children also need factual, age appropriate information about the potential seriousness of disease risk and concrete instruction about how to avoid infections and spread of disease. 

The National Association of School Psychologists has compiled detailed recommendations for how to talk to your children and help reduce anxiety. 

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