The impact of stress and trauma on typical kids (and adults) is significant. In kids on the spectrum, kids with anxiety, depression, mental illness and other challenges, stress and trauma can present in even more profound ways.If you are seeingacademic strugglesemotional outburstsregression (my 17 yo kid has returned to watching cartoons from her toddler years)lack of focuswithdrawalother behaviors not typical of your kiddothey might be struggling with the stress and trauma of the global pandemic. Try to figure out strategies to help your child self soothe. Don’t be afraid to reach out for help. If you are needing more than bouncing ideas off of family and friends, NAMI is a free service, and you can reach out to them (anonymously) here:

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