Dr. Fatima Watt is the Director of Behavioral Health Services at Franciscan Children’s. She received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the Georgia School of Professional Psychology. She completed her clinical training in pediatric psychology at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta-Egleston followed by an internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Franciscan Children’s.
Prior to returning to Franciscan Children’s, she served as a pediatric psychologist at the Pappas Rehabilitation Hospital for Children. Dr. Watt is committed to providing therapeutic services to underserved populations, including low-income, medically and psychiatrically complex, and racially diverse youth and families.
Dr. Watt is credentialed by the National Register of Health Service Psychologists.
A lot of kids just being home and having different routines and a lot of down time that they’re not used to. We’re definitely seeing an increase in anxiety, even in kids who don’t usually have anxiety and kids who usually function pretty well. There’s lots of fear and worry and sadness as well.
It’s really the angst of just not knowing what’s going to come next and not having any control over it. It’s really important to watch for changes in their behavior: if they’re not eating, if they’re eating too much, if they’re not sleeping at night or they’re sleeping all day, if they’re not participating in opportunities to connect with their friends virtually or over the phone. These are all signs that a child may not be coping well and may be feeling or experiencing some level of distress.10 August 2020