Guest Speaker: “The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on children with special educational needs, and their parents”, Dr Umar Toseeb and Professor Kathryn Asbury, University of York
Title: “The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on children with special educational needs, and their parents”
Host: Professor Dieter Wolke
Children and adolescents with special educational needs and their parents are likely to have been disproportionally affected during the COVID-19 pandemic. There has been little focus on how the mental health of these vulnerable families developed during the pandemic. We asked parents/carers to complete online questionnaires about their own and their child’s mental health at one or more time points between 23rd March 2020 (at the onset of the first lockdown) and 10th October 2020 (when schools fully reopened for face-to-face teaching). During the talk we will discuss stability and change in mental health using both quantitative and qualitative data. We will also discuss how these findings differed for those with autism compared to those with other special educational needs. Findings will be discussed with reference to implications for support as we emerge from the pandemic.
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