Video: Parenting in a Pandemic


In this presentation, Kate Hooven and Chisa Merriweather from Eastern Region ASERT, discusses what it’s like parenting children with special needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

They provide tips and suggestions for

    • staying connected
    • activities to stay engaged
    • age appropriate ways to reduce fear
    • using routines and schedules
    • importance of having a “plan b”

Key Takeaway:

    • •Social distancing doesn’t have to be isolating
    • Activities that work for your family help avoid comparison
    • Age appropriate facts help reduce fear
    • Routines and schedules look different for everyone
    • Having a Plan B can help with unexpected changes
    • Kids are grieving losses and we need to support them
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This information was developed by the Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training Collaborative (ASERT). For more information, please contact ASERT at 877-231-4244 or ASERT is funded by the Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations, PA Department of Human Services.