Helping children with their self-regulation—the ability to manage their behavior and emotions—is critical to their learning. During times of school closure, however, disruptions in children’s schedules can lead to behavior problems, difficulty regulating attention or emotions, and stress. Strategies to encourage self-regulation can help lower these potential threats. Some things to consider are:
*Creating a predictable schedule and routine.
*Plan learning activities to occur around the same time each day.
*Maintaining consistent bedtimes and mealtimes.
*Practicing calming strategies after something exciting.
*Fresh air and outdoor play.
*Encourage children to share their feelings and express themselves, and let them know their classmates and teachers are okay.
Encourage things they CAN do, such as take walks, board games, helping with chores, etc.