Many of us are at home with children and teens who are adjusting to significant changes in their daily routines. This is a stressful time for kids. Not only are they afraid of the virus, itself, but also afraid of the significant changes they are experiencing in their lives: Isolation from friends, missing the school experience, starting online learning, experiencing stress among family members, and facing the cancellation of activities integral to their emotional-social development. What can we do to help children and teens cope with these changes? What are some evidenced-based Positive Psychology & CBT strategies that parents can implement to help foster better coping, resiliency, and emotional wellness?

Dr. Sherry Kelly

Sherry Skyler Kelly, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and neuropsychologist with more than 30 years of experience in the field of child development and health psychology.  She earned her Doctorate in Health Psychology from Yeshiva University.  She is a former National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Cancer Institute (NCI) Fellow in psycho-oncology and neuropsychology. Based in West Hartford, CT, Dr. Kelly is best known for her research with teens and young adults on resilience, hope and cancer survivorship. She is the founder of PositiviTeens® – workshops for students, parents, and educators on the impact of digital technology on the developing brain.