Young children have been affected by pandemic-related changes in home life and early schooling experiences. For some, this has come with anxiety. How do parents and teachers know what’s a normal part of navigating change, and what requires attention?

Today in The Conversation Canada, Caroline Reid-Westoby and Magdalena Janus of McMaster University write about their population-wide study of kindergarten-age children attending public schools across Canada between 2004 and 2015.

They write: “Our results demonstrate that a child showing signs of anxiety in kindergarten should not be ignored. Children with elevated symptoms of anxiety are three to six times more likely to be vulnerable in other areas of their development than those with very few of these symptoms.”

The study “also provides an estimate of the prevalence of anxiety symptoms among kindergarten-aged children in Canada. These could, in future, serve as a baseline for comparing groups of children after the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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Susannah Schmidt

Education + Arts Editor

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