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How Parents Can Explain Social Distancing to their Kids

Traditionally, parents anticipate having to have a variety of awkward and sometimes difficult conversations with their young children. However, none likely compare to what millions of parents across England and around the world are facing in light of the coronavirus pandemic, as they struggle to explain social distancing to their insatiably curious and concerned children.

“As adults, we tend to forget just how much of a young child’s life involves interacting and playing with their little friends, as well as visiting grandparents and other relatives,” commented David Kalmanovitch, a London-based child psychologist with more than 15 years of experience. “Temporarily depriving children of these encounters is obviously the right thing to do from a health and safety perspective, but in terms of social, psychological, emotional and intellectual development, things are not as clear and simple. …


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David Kalmanovitch Looks at Potential Signs of Childhood Depression

According to a report by the NHS, one out of eight children in England has a mental health disorder. Even more alarmingly, the Mental Health Foundation claims that 70 percent of children and young people who suffer from a mental health disorder such as depression do not receive appropriate intervention at a suitably early age — which is not just enormously burdensome, painful and dangerous for sufferers themselves, but is debilitating for parents, siblings, teachers, and other caregivers who lack the resources and knowledge they need to be part of the solution.

“In cases of childhood depression, the critical importance of early intervention cannot be overstated,” commented David Kalmanovitch, a London-based child psychologist with more than 15 years of experience. “This is definitely not a problem that goes away with time, or that children will simply grow out of. On the contrary, it invariably gets more severe and disruptive, and can become a long-term problem.” …


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How COVID-19’s Social Distancing Measures Are Affecting Our Children

With the ongoing COVID-19 global crisis, there are a myriad of setbacks that children and adolescents could experience as a result of stay-at-home and social distancing measures. …

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David Kalmanovitch

I am a child psychologist with more than 15 years of experience. I have always been interested in studying human behaviour.

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