Supporting your children as they return to school

2 September 2020

As children return to school this week, we’re aware that parents and carers have questions about how to best support their children during this time. Laverne Antrobus, child and educational psychologist, has tips on how to speak to your children about COVID-19:

  • Remind them that everything is being done to stop the spread of the virus and to keep them safe.
  • Ask what they're thinking and how they're feeling.
  • Bring good habits, like regularly washing their hands and coughing and sneezing into their elbow, into everyday conversation.
  • Ask what they know, or what they've heard about the virus, so you can respond.
  • Don't feel like you need to use words like 'Covid-19' - try talking about 'coughs' or 'germs'.
  • Answer their questions as honestly as you can.
  • Check to see how your school are talking to the children about Covid-19.

See more on the BBC Bitesize website.

Laverne was also recently among the experts who spoke to the Guardian about parenting during the pandemic   

About Laverne:
Laverne Antrobus is a consultant child and educational psychologist in our family mental health team. She is also a clinical supervisor on the professional doctorate in child and educational community psychology, working to train the next generation of psychologists.

She has been a consultant child and educational psychologist for over 20 years, since training with us at the Tavistock Clinic. Laverne works with children and families in the most need of help and is passionate about helping children to achieve their potential and grow into confident adults.


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