Social-Emotional Support

As COVID-19 forces us to face new norms like social distancing, remote learning, and shelter-in-place orders, gifted children may exhibit increased anxiety, sadness, intense feelings, and out-of-the-ordinary behavior. These resources offer parents and educators strategies for talking with gifted children about COVID-19 and in helping children navigate their emotions, behaviors, feelings, family interactions, and friendships through this challenging time.

Updated 5/29/20

Parent TIP Sheet

Supporting Your Gifted Child During COVID-19. This brand new TIP Sheet gives parents, caregivers, and educators strategies for helping gifted children manage their feelings, sadness, and anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic. Special 4-page version includes strategies for children at each developmental age.

NEW! Supporting Your Gifted Child During COVID-19 (Español). El COVID-19 nos obliga a adaptarnos a nuevas normas como el distanciamiento social, la educación a distancia y el encierro. Ante esto, los/as niños/as y adolescentes superdotados pueden experimentar un aumento de ansiedad, tristeza, emociones intensas y comportamientos fuera de lo común.


Articles & Blogs

COVID-19 and Anxiety in Gifted Children.While gifted individuals are no more anxious than the general population, these uncertain times can cause anxiety and worry, especially when there are fewer intellectual pursuits in a day. With school closures and social distancing, it is important to help children develop a sense of purpose that can guide them as they deal with the unknown. (Kate Boonstra, March 23, 2020)

Cultivating Calm Amidst a Storm. How to calm our mind, body, and nervous system in the presence of a global health crisis. (Nicole A. Tetreault, Ph.D., March 18, 2020)

Helping Your Child Manage Stress Through Mindfulness.This article, written directly to teens and tweens, helps gifted adolescents understand mindfulness and the formal/informal pathways to mindfulness. Includes apps, books, and online resources for kids. (Michele Kane, Ed.D., Parenting for High Potential, Dec 2017)

Management of Anxiety Begins at Home. General article that focuses on the sources of anxiety in gifted children and what parents can do to help reduce anxiety at home. (Sal Mendaglio, Ph.D., Parenting for High Potential, Summer 2016)


Videos & Podcasts

Top 3 Strategies for Helping Your Child to Cope With Anxiety During Challenging Times. This interview with Michele Kane, Ed. D., and Patricia Steinmeyer, IAGC Executive Director, packs in many more than three strategies in under 20 minutes.

Video: Coping with the Stress of COVID-19: Tips for Families with Gifted Children.  Edward R. Amend, Psy.D., of The Amend Group in Lexington, KY, shares thoughts and tips for parents and children as they navigate a new world with the coronavirus pandemic.

Special Solocast: Thought on Parenting Differently Wired Kids Through a Pandemic.  Special short episode in which Tilt Parenting host Debbie Reber shares thoughts and ideas for contemplation surrounding parenting differently wired children through the coronavirus pandemic.


Resources & Evidence-Based Practices

Parenting in Time of COVID-19:  From World Health Organization, CDC, UNICEF & Others. To help parents interact constructively with their children during this time of confinement, these six 1-page tips for parents focus on planning one-on-one time, staying positive, creating a daily routine, avoiding bad behavior, managing stress, and talking about COVID-19.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Resources. Collection of resources curated by the National Association of School Nurses, including Teaching Students and Families During COVID-19, Guidance for School Principals & Superintendents, and Talking to Children About COVID-19: A Parent Resource in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, and Amharic.

Health Crisis Resources from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). This microsite contains numerous resources for various audiences navigating the COVID-19 virus—including special guides for school administrators, crisis response teams, mental health professionals, and parents.

Parenting with Resilience in Unsettling Times. Advice for how parents can manage their own worries and fears, assess what we can and cannot control, and how to talk with our children during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Dr. Dan Peters, Psychology Today, March 16, 2020)

Resources for Supporting Children’s Emotional Well-being During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Guidance, recommendations, and resources provided by child trauma experts at Child Trends and the Child Trauma Training Center at the University of Massachusetts.

Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource. Also from NASP, this provides guidance to parents in teaching children positive preventive measures, talking with them about their fears, and giving them a sense of some control over their risk of infection to help reduce anxiety.

Teacher, Interrupted: Leaning into Social-Emotional Learning Amid the COVID-19 Crisis  Psychologists from the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence offer social and emotional learning (SEL) evidence-based practices to help educators, parents, and students get through these difficult times. (Christina Cipriano and Marc Brackett, Ed Surge.March 18, 2020)