With all our students having now received instruction online for the second week, the feedback in regard to e-learning has been overwhelmingly positive.

My days have been filled linking in with my current clients and picking up extras who are finding the isolation of learning at home challenging. Many students are realising the effects of not being able to drop in for a talk, not being able to chat with a teacher after class or talk to a sports team member about a worry. This is significant.

I am reminded of a quote by Terry Williams, Writer-In-Residence at Harvard Divinity School “What is the most important thing one learns in school? Self-esteem, support, and friendship.”

Regardless of where a student falls on the introvert-extrovert continuum, they are going to at some time struggle with feelings of isolation because they are not able to go to school and connect with friends face to face. Social distancing is a given, we must do this but we need to be creative to make sure our students don’t suffer from extremes of isolation.

In talking to many students this week my biggest piece of advice to parents would be to be patient with your children if they start to get irritable and frustrated. This new reality that we are all facing is tough on all of us. Allow your children and adolescents to use whatever platform they are comfortable with to interact with their friends out of class time. This is probably going to be annoying at times but socialising and connecting with their friends is essential for continued healthy development in the midst of the chaos and uncertainty around us.

How lucky are we all to be part of this proactive community that has continued to provide for all of us.  It is very important, at this time, to look for the positives and to be grateful for what we have.  I encourage everyone to look for the positives every day, even write them down, but most definitely tell someone how much you appreciate them on a daily basis.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you or any family member requires support.

Kylie.wolstencroft@soc.tas.edu.au

Kylie Wolstencroft
Wellbeing Coordinator / Registered Psychologist