Cloth face coverings obscure facial features, disrupting speech perception and the emotion conveyed by the speaker. They also filter speech, making sounds less clear. When it is harder to understand speech—whether because of cloth face coverings, distance, or other factors—research suggests that we have fewer cognitive resources to process information deeply. As a result, communication suffers, and feelings of stress and isolation may increase. Read more ›
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The Coronavirus is disproportionately affecting older adults. As a result, many children now find themselves separated from their grandparents due to social distancing or cautionary measures to prevent their grandparents’ possible exposure to the virus.
Psychosocial and education experts suggest ways to stay engaged during these challenging times, including helpful tips for grandparents on how to talk to their grandchildren about this separation. Read more ›
A lot of students are struggling with school this year, says Jackie Wernz, a school attorney at Franczek PC in Chicago.
“Not because they necessarily have a disability, but because this whole system isn’t what we signed up for,” she explains. Read more ›
Nearly a year into an ongoing pandemic, school districts across the United States have been forced to pivot back and forth between remote and in-person learning and, in some cases, hybrid models with elements of each. With COVID-19 cases on the rise yet again, districts across the nation are moving back to remote learning and working tirelessly to make the shift as seamless as possible. Read more ›
NPR host Sarah McCammon interviews Mira, a Michigan teen with generalized anxiety disorder, who shares her struggles and coping strategies in this 4-minute podcast. Read more ›
Expanded summer school for K-12 students may be one positive outcome of the pandemic that has contributed to varying levels of learning loss among students across the state. Read more ›
Amid the coronavirus pandemic, mobile mental health apps have experienced a “surge in growth,” responding to an increased need for support as many have been impacted by the psychological toll of 2020, said Adam Haim, chief of the National Institute of Mental Health’s Treatment and Preventive Intervention Research Branch. Read more ›
Families across the country are grappling with how to respond when in-person learning doesn’t translate smoothly into virtual learning. With over 74 percent of the largest school districts in the country fully remote — representing more than 9 million children — parents either need to find a way to make schooling work or drop out of the workforce, a problem that is largely affecting women. Read more ›