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Therapist gives tips for coping with a school year during the pandemic

M Health Fairview Occupational Therapist Beth Fredrickson gives three tips for families.

M Health Fairview Occupational Therapist Beth Fredrickson stopped by KARE 11 News at 4 to give families techniques for coping with this unusual school year.

Fredrickson gives three tips for families.

  1. Establish new routines and familiarize kids with safety precautions like wearing masks all day. (Kids are facing different scenarios every day so establishing routines can be a challenge.) Visual schedules can be very helpful.
  2. There are benefits in taking breaks. Create time for both free play and structure. Taking breaks improves attention to task. The typical in-school day includes a lot of opportunities to stand and move; families can create the same opportunities at home.
  3. Try something for a little while and see what works, and allow your family to adjust. Each child’s needs will be different; know your own child and adjust as needed