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Coping with Covid-19, For children with Intellectual Disabilities

1. Routines – Establish an achievable schedule somewhat similar to your child’s typical school day.

For children who have difficulty attending to or grasping complex concepts, virtual instruction may be less effective than in-person therapies.

2. Teaching your child at home

  • Break down tasks into short, easily understandable parts

  • Repetition. Expose to new concepts multiple times

  • Connect to relevant information

  • Reduce the amount of support you provide gradually

  • Use diverse and new sensory experiences

3. How to discuss COVID 19

  • Allow your child the opportunity to ask questions. This will provide insight on what information he/she understands to guide you on how much to explain at a level that is developmentally appropriate

  • Keep communication simple. Just enough to inform, and not to overwhelm.

4. Other tips

  • Expand new hobbies and leisure activities

  • Practice mindfulness, such as yoga

  • Ensure the child is getting good sleep and eating a healthy diet

  • Engage in movement and exercise activities

  • Schedule playdates via video platforms, such as Zoom, Skype, or Face Time

  • Write letters to friends and family

  • Engage in small acts of kindness, such as helping with tasks or communicating uplifting messages through social media or drawings


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