WKRC-TV: Psychologist offers advice to help kids cope with change during pandemic

UC mental health expert offers advice for parents as guidance for pandemic safety evolves

After a year of expectations during the pandemic changing them suddenly could lead to stress not only for adults but also anxiety in children. Maria Espinola, PsyD, assistant professor in the University of Cincinnati Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, says it is important for parent to recognize possible signs of stress in children. Those indicators include changes in behavior, major changes in emotional reaction, not wanting to interact with other children and trouble concentrating, according to Espinola, who sees patients at UC Health.

Espinola says the best thing parents can do right now is help ease the transition back to normal, and reassure your child that its ok if they have trouble with social anxiety.

Listen to the full segment on Local 12 News.

WLWT-TV also carried a segment with comments from Espinola on COVID-19, mask wearing and children.

More about Maria Espinola, PsyD, online.

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