FAIRMONT, W.Va. — For many kids, by the time they must learn coping skills, it’s already too late, experts say.
WVU Medicine and the United Summit Center are holding a daily camp where kids and young teens can learn coping and communication skills, along with resiliency and calming techniques.
On Wednesday, at the pavilion in Windmill Park, a group of kids were gathered around picnic tables filling out a page titled “Kidbook” in which they gave information such as their names and ages, and drew pictures of hobbies they enjoy, to teach them self-awareness.
“The goal in this camp is to teach resiliency,” said Robin Hayes, a mental health specialist with the United Summit Center. “We teach coping skills, self-awareness, self-esteem. Each day is a different topic to help the kids feel better about themselves.”
The camp started on Monday and is running every day until Friday, with two groups each day — from 9 a.m. to noon, and from 1 to 4 p.m…