A Wilton High School student and the long-term WHS plant manager unexpectedly passed away this week. These tragic losses come as a shock to our school community. Our hearts and prayers are with the families and loved ones throughout this very difficult time.
Mary Murphy, PhD, a licensed clinical psychologist, will address these sudden losses and how we can help our children manage their grief. She will also discuss changes that may have occurred since school began this fall when life is far from “normal.”
As we— parents and caregivers— have been preparing for our kids to return to school, the global pandemic has continued. We’re emotionally exhausted; our heads are full of worry, fear, anger, blame and stressful questions. We may be working from home, running our household, living far from family support, experiencing economic insecurity, dealing with illness, a sick loved one or the death of someone close. We need to keep our kids healthy, fed, socially engaged, curious and motivated to learn. They may be regressing in their academics and acting out in ways that are unusual for them. Will a hybrid model of schooling work or will they end up at home again, distance learning? It’s a demanding time for everyone—and our kids look to us for guidance on how to respond to stressful situations.
Dr. Murphy will help us create a toolbox of coping skills for ourselves,
as well as child-specific recommendations: predictable routines and rituals for self-care; ways to focus on what we can control; how to be flexible and revise plans in the face of new information and changing school situations; and methods to balance daily tasks to reduce stress.
Materials: Coping with Uncertainty and Loss
Relevant Material: Resources for Dealing with Grief and Loss
More About Mary Murphy
SPED*NET Wilton does not provide medical or psychological
advice, diagnosis, or treatment. The material in this webinar
is provided for educational purposes only.