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‘He’s Incredibly Confused’: Parenting A Child With Autism During The Pandemic

Living with the pandemic has been difficult for everyone: the isolation, the need to wear protective gear like masks and gloves, the adjustment to working or learning from home.

For those living with or caring for someone with severe autism, those challenges can be exponentially more difficult. Read more »

How to Address Mental Health Issues of Youth in Fallout From COVID-19

There will be many ways that the COVID-19 pandemic will reshape American life. While our immediate attention is on the impact the virus has had on physical health, we also need to address how the pandemic will impact the mental health of our young people and their families. Read more »

Some LGBTQ Young People Face Rejection From Families in Lockdown

Staying home and sheltering in place can be stressful for everyone. But for some college students who identify as LGBTQ, returning to family environments can be very difficult and even psychologically damaging, psychologists say. Read more »

6 Ideas for Summer Fun Now That Camp Has Been Canceled

By now the news likely has settled in — your best-laid plans for sending the kids to summer camp have been obliterated by the coronavirus pandemic. There are still plenty of ideas for salvaging summer camp — most for families with budgets at every end of the spectrum. Read more »

Helping Students Through a Period of Grief

Educators often face challenges supporting students through loss and grief, in part because neither teachers nor principals are generally trained as grief counselors. Yet in the coming weeks and months, many students will experience losses of loved ones and of ways of life, and schools are in a unique position to collectively engage and support them with compassion in the grieving process. Read more »

Family Dynamics During Shelter in Place [presentation] [video]

Who knew that we would be sheltering in place for this long? The uncertainty, living in close quarters, and being stuck at home are creating challenging dynamics in the family. In this webinar, you’ll receive some validation and also some strategies that you can use to reduce the stress of family life right now.  Read more »

“My Hero is You” How Kids Can Fight COVID-19 [downloadable]

My Hero is You is a downloadable e-book book written for children affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a story developed for and by children around the world. Read more »

Grading K-12 Students During a Pandemic: a Quick Guide

Over 6 million public school students in California are “sheltering in place” at home. All are supposed to be doing school work through a new “distance learning” curriculum school districts are currently putting into place. One of the biggest questions is whether to grade students’ work — and if they are graded, what kinds of grades, and what can they be used for. The California Department of Education has issued detailed guidance on the issue, but most decisions will be made at a local level. Read more »

Autism Risk Estimated at 3 to 5% for Children Whose Parents Have a Sibling With Autism

Roughly 3 to 5% of children with an aunt or uncle with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can also be expected to have ASD, compared to about 1.5% of children in the general population, according to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health. Read more »

How Can Educators Tap Into Research to Increase Engagement During Remote Learning?

As university professors and researchers who work closely with K-12 online teachers and learners, we’ve heard from many newly remote educators who are struggling. Recent class discussions have focused on the difficulties of getting through to students without in-person contact, especially during a time of enormous stress. Read more »

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