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Spokane behavioral health expert: Kids will need ‘safe space’ to cope with virtual learning


Seattle students learning from home during the spring. (Natasja Billiau via AP) As your kids go back to school remotely, experts say that it’s more important than ever to talk to them about how they’re feeling.

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That’s the advice of the director of Spokane’s Frontier Behavioral Health program , Aly Gibson, who emphasizes the importance of creating spaces where children are comfortable sharing their feelings.

“I think it’s really important that we create this safe space for our kids to be able to have conversations, to be able to think on ‘how am I doing emotionally?’” Gibson said during an online briefing.

Gibson says kids are extremely social beings. Since most won’t be attending school in person, it’s vital to find ways for them to appropriately connect outside the classroom, while ensuring that they have all the resources they need to effectively learn from afar.

“Talk with your kids about what’s going on — how are you going to learn? How are you going to do your homework? Do you need a space in the house? All the logistics of distance learning,” Gibson said.She suggests outdoor meetings with friends, while wearing […]

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