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