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How is COVID-19 Affecting the Mental Health of Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and Their Families?

Authors
  • Asbury, Kathryn1
  • Fox, Laura1
  • Deniz, Emre1
  • Code, Aimee1
  • Toseeb, Umar1
  • 1 University of York,
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Publication Date
Jul 31, 2020
Pages
1–9
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s10803-020-04577-2
PMID: 32737668
PMCID: PMC7393330
Source
PubMed Central
Keywords
License
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Abstract

Parents of children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities in the UK ( n = 241) were asked to describe the impact of COVID-19 on their own mental health and that of their child. An inductive content analysis of the data was undertaken. Both parents and children appear to be experiencing loss, worry and changes in mood and behaviour as a result of the rapid social changes that have occurred. Some parents reported feeling overwhelmed and described the impact of child understanding and awareness. Finally, a minority of parents reported that COVID-19 has had little impact on mental health in their family, or has even led to improvements. Implications for how to support these families in the immediate future are discussed.

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