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Including Children with Developmental Disabilities in the Equation During this COVID-19 Pandemic

Authors
  • Aishworiya, Ramkumar1
  • Kang, Ying Qi1
  • 1 Khoo Teck Puat-National University Children’s Medical Institute, National University Health System,
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Publication Date
Aug 20, 2020
Pages
1–4
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s10803-020-04670-6
PMID: 32816170
PMCID: PMC7438977
Source
PubMed Central
Keywords
License
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Abstract

Amidst the ongoing novel Coronavirus disease pandemic, children with developmental disabilities warrant specific attention to minimise having disproportionate consequences. These children are especially vulnerable to the effects of the pandemic due to (1) Greater healthcare needs, (2) Dependency on community-based services and (3) Mental health concerns. Healthcare professionals, public health systems and the society needs to come together to advocate for these children by optimising access to healthcare and community intervention services, promoting mental well-being and caregiver welfare. The consequences of missed present-day opportunities might only be evident in the years to come in these children. Hence, despite the prolonged pandemic, with consequent limitations in availability of resources, children with developmental disabilities should continue to be supported.

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