It actually feels like Christmas, as I sit here writing, looking out upon a blanket of fresh white snow. Two feet of it actually! It is quite beautiful. It is also a very special day, as I launch the Kickstarter campaign to bring Niko Discovers the 5 Senses Game to reality. I am so proud of this book and really believe it will help children everywhere who are feeling overwhelmed. I am not sure you are aware of the burden that the pandemic has caused for young children. I have been reviewing studies over the past several months regarding the detriment that stress from unexpected isolations has had on kids and also the reactions kids have to parental stressors, though unintentional.
You see, a recent survey, including children ages 3-18, found that 86% of parents reported changes in their children’s behaviors since the start of the quarantine (Wagner, K.D., 2020). And 75% of the parents reported feeling stressed about the quarantine situation. The study shows parental stress is associated with increased emotional and behavioral symptoms in their children (Wagner, K.D., 2020). These kids are sensing their parent's burdens created by this pandemic. From joblessness, homelessness, health concerns, financial burdens, and isolation. It all correlates to the mental health concerns of our future generation.
Survey Results of Children’s Responses to Stress During Covid-19:
Difficulty Concentrating 76.6% Nervousness 38%
Loneliness 31.3% Uneasiness 30.4%
Worries 30.1% Boredom 52%
Irritability 39% Restlessness 38.8%
The story, Niko Discovers the 5 Senses Game, was created to provide children and their parents an effective tool to learn how to self-soothe when they are not feeling they can control their surroundings, especially now, in a world that is filled with uncertainty. We hope this story will provide parents and children with a fun game, while learning to self-soothe, and manage worry so they can grow up to be more self-aware and able to navigate anxiety more effectively. Ultimately, our goal is to get the book into the homes of those who need it. Here is a little preview of what Niko Discovers the 5 Senses Game is all about.
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Wagner, K.D., (2020, October 7). New findings about children’s mental health during COVID-19. Psychiatric Times. Retrieved from https://www.psychiatrictimes.com/view/new-findings-children-mental-health-covid-19