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News and Opinion Apr 16, 2020

Pamela Cantor, M.D. and Turnaround COVID-19 Resources Highlighted by AFT

Turnaround for Children Founder and Senior Science Advisor, Pamela Cantor, M.D. was referenced in a post by the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) on the joint AFT and National PTA telephone town hall on which Dr. Cantor presented.

The telephone town hall was attended by over 55,000 participants and featured experts on mental health, psychology and the science of learning. Dr. Cantor encouraged the audience to stay close to the foundations for learning: relationships, routines and resilience. An excerpt reads:

Research has shown that good parent-child relationships and daily routines are linked with the calming hormone oxytocin, which promotes feelings of love, bonding and well-being, she said. Sound relationships and routines also ward off the stress hormone cortisol. “Relationships that are strong and positive cause the release of oxytocin,” (Dr. Cantor) said, “and this not only helps children manage stress, it offsets the damaging effects of cortisol and produces resilience to future stress.”

Several resources from Turnaround’s coronavirus resource hub were also cited in the post including The Three Rs: Relationships, Routines and Resilience and “7 Tips for Parents and Caregivers: Reassuring Children During the Coronavirus Outbreak.”

Read the full article here.