COVID-19 Coping Strategies for Children and Teenagers

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Dr. Gabriella Rodriguez shares coping strategies and tips to use with children and teens who are experiencing stress and anxiety at this unprecedented time.


Healthy Coping Strategies for Children and Teens:

  • Encourage them to identify and name their feelings.
  • Let them know whatever they are feeling is normal.
  • Discuss how you cope when you feel similar emotions.


Encourage your child to try a few strategies and figure out what works best:

  • Deep breathing
  • Going for a walk
  • Drawing or coloring
  • Connecting with friends and family over video chat or the phone
  • Listening to music
  • Practicing a hobby
  • Learning a new skill
  • Exercising


For more information or support, call 2-1-1 or text your zip code to 898-211 (M-F, 8am – 5pm).


Gabriella Rodriguez, Ph.D.

Child & Adolescent Psychologist

Indiana University School of Medicine

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