ODESSA, Texas (Big 2/ Fox 24)- School may not be in session in the Permian Basin but students are continuing to learn as they adapt to their new reality. However, some are having to cope with the anxiety of the unknown and trying to adapt with their mental health disorder.
“What we know is that children and teenagers usually don’t have the language to express their emotions. Something as simple as ‘I’m really bored’ might come up when in reality the child might be saying ‘this situation is not a good situation, I’m angry about the situation’,” said ECISD Student Assistant Services Counselor, Magaliy Navarret.
She said this can make learning at home harder for some students as they try and read between the lines and figure out the world around them.
According to Navarret, “It’s really important as parents to be able to understand what are the words that they’re saying outside of ‘I’m bored, I’m angry, I’m frustrated.” She added the most important thing is to try and maintain a routine that resembles a school day.
“Set up a schedule and just kind of like an alarm ‘by this time you should have already eaten, by this time you should have already worked 10-15 minutes depending on the age of the student or done some work’. One or two hours can vary a little bit because we don’t want you fighting with them but the closer they can stay to that routine the better.”
The counselor also recommends setting up a rewards system for when your child finishes certain tasks. She says they can be weekly or daily depending on what works best for your family. ECISD is also offering additional help through a non crisis mental health hotline that is open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 432-456-HELP.