The health crisis and the uncertainty caused by the pandemic is taking a toll on the emotional well-being and development of children and adolescents, as stated in the report “Immediate psychological effects of the COVID-19 quarantine in youth from Italy and Spain”, carried out jointly by the Miguel Hernández University and the University of the Estudi of Perugia. The most conclusive data is that 69.1% of Spanish parents have perceived during confinement how the concentration of their children decreased.
In fact, the most common behaviors have been boredom (49.4%), restlessness and difficulty falling asleep (45.5%), nervousness (44.3%) and irritability (43.2%). The study also reveals other factors that have increased during confinement, such as family squabbles, an increased feeling of dependency and a feeling of agitation and general nervousness.
According to the Director of Student Support at The British School of Barcelona, Carol Coleman, a “complex” situation is being experienced due to current circumstances. «It is essential to carry out an emotional accompaniment of children and young people from the educational centers and work together with the families throughout the process, “he says.
In this sense, this new academic year The British School of Barcelona has adapted its student support strategy to identify needs and offer a personalized program and adjusted to the new context of the pandemic and confinement.
«The emotional well-being of the students is a priority and we work on the different related aspects on a daily basis. This has allowed us react very quickly and make the necessary adaptations to face both the confinement during the closure of the schools and the return to the classrooms, which logically could be lived with some anxiety after so many months at home, ”explains Coleman, who emphasizes that the alteration of the routines that caused the confinement has effects, both for children and for adolescents and adults.
During the confinement, this organization constantly monitored to be by the students’ side at all times and since they returned to the classroom in September have dedicated specific sessions to promote emotional well-being necessary for academic achievement.
However, the school’s Student Support services also identified a high adaptability On the part of the students: “We are pleasantly surprised by the great adaptability shown by the students, especially the younger ones, who have been able to carry out this transition in a very calm and orderly way,” explains Coleman.
Care around the child
Thanks to this rapid detection, the Student Support services have been able to mobilize to solve and help the student maintain their emotional well-being, revealing itself as a service of utmost importance for both them and their families. “A large part of our work is also based on maintaining a close relationship with families and provide them with tools so that they can work on situations like the current pandemic and all that it entails at home with their children, ”explains Carol Coleman. Regarding this, the specialist also emphasizes that the fundamental thing is the joint work and aligned with all aspects related to the student’s life.
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