During this challenging time, parents and caretakers are looking for insights and advice on how to help children through the uncertainty and upheaval of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Megan Tudor, a licensed psychologist at the UC Davis MIND Institute and assistant clinical professor of pediatrics, is here to help.
In a Facebook Live conversation we recorded on April 2, Tudor shared an excellent list of tips, including:
- Techniques for establishing and sticking to daily routines, which are especially important for children with autism and other neurodevelopmental challenges
- Pointers on creating a positive learning environment at home (such as designating a dedicated workspace for the kids)
- Advice on checking in with young people as they process and cope with being separated from friends and teachers
- Activities for keeping socially connected (like writing snail mail letters), while still maintaining the all-important physical distance
Find more videos about the novel coronavirus and other health topics on the UC Davis Health Facebook page, and stay tuned for more conversations with our experts.
The UC Davis MIND Institute in Sacramento, Calif. was founded in 1998 as a unique interdisciplinary research center where families, community leaders, researchers, clinicians and volunteers work together toward a common goal: researching causes, treatments and potential prevention of neurodevelopmental disorders. The institute has major research efforts in autism, fragile X syndrome, chromosome 22q11.2 deletion syndrome, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and Down syndrome. More information about the institute and its Distinguished Lecturer Series, including previous presentations in this series, is available on the Web at mindinstitute.ucdavis.edu.