E.g., 11/2020
E.g., 11/2020
September 21, 2020 | Lesley Chong, child life specialist
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As we look at the world around us, much has changed. For the health and protection of ourselves and others, people wear masks, stickers on the ground remind us where we should stand, and friends and families meet virtually, or if the opportunity arises to see each other in person, we give each other a head nod or an air hug to greet each other.

From our children’s perspective, everyday life looks a bit different, too. At the beginning of spring break, our kids hollered “see you in a week!” as they exited the school hallways for a brief...

September 17, 2020 | Rachel H. Fein, PhD, BCBA, Sadiqa Cash, PhD , Leandra N. Berry, PhD
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Many parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other special needs are currently navigating the distance learning process in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This process can be particularly stressful for families, but there are several tips that parents may want to consider to help make distance learning more manageable.  

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September 10, 2020 | Katherine Jennifer Leaming-Van Zandt, MD
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Pandemic or not, the first day of school always seems to sneak up on many of us, and this year has probably been no different! Again, parents and caregivers may be wondering how their children’s clothes and shoes are already too small, all those pencils, pens and markers that were seemingly all over their homes have now disappeared, and single-colored lunch and book bags have become uncool within the span of a year. Given the additional stressors and difficult decisions that many families continue to face, back-to-school planning and shopping...

September 09, 2020 | Virginia Depp Cline, PhD
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Our collective experience of 2020, so far, is like a script for a horrible made-for-television movie. Mounting crises are the reality: COVID-19, racial violence, murder hornets, hurricane season and the list goes on. It is easy to become overwhelmed with worry, sadness and anger about each of these experiences individually, let alone all together. 

Following the advice we give parents of...

September 04, 2020 | Jennifer S. Kazmerski, PhD, BCBA-D
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During this time of uncertainty and unpredictability, there has been a clear and consistent message from the medical and scientific communities: The best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 includes social distancing, wearing a mask when in public and washing our hands.  While the message for prevention is consistent as a parent it may seem daunting to implement. In my own practice I have heard families frequently express concern for how to successfully introduce these prevention strategies to children, specifically teaching a child to...

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