Dymir Tatem

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Dymir Tatem, CSSW 


I am a school social worker at the Joseph Shaner School. I work directly with the following teachers: Mrs. Andrus, Mrs. Black, Mrs. Bowdler, Mrs. Burnetta, Mrs. Gildiner, Mrs. Graff, Mrs. Mack, & Mrs. Steelman. As you may know, the Hamilton Township Public Schools will be closed due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. I would like to provide parents with my email to assist our students with social & emotional learning tips during the school closure.  Please email me with any questions or concerns. My email is tatemd@hamiltonschools.org.

Concern over this new virus can make children and families anxious. While we don’t know where and to what extent the disease may spread here in the United States, we do know that it is contagious, that the severity of illness can vary from individual to individual, and that there are steps we can take to prevent the spread of infection. Acknowledging some level of concern, without panicking, is appropriate and can result in taking actions that reduce the risk of illness. Helping children cope with anxiety requires providing accurate prevention information and facts without causing undue alarm.

It is very important to remember that children look to adults for guidance on how to react to stressful events. If parents seem overly worried, children’s anxiety may rise. Parents should reassure children that health and school officials are working hard to ensure that people throughout the country stay healthy. However, children also need factual, age appropriate information about the potential seriousness of disease risk and concrete instruction about how to avoid infections and spread of disease. Teaching children positive preventive measures, talking with them about their fears, and giving them a sense of some control over their risk of infection can help reduce anxiety.

Below are links that provides guidance for parents when engaging children in the discussion regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic.


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