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How the COVID-19 Pandemic Impacts Kids with Special Healthcare Needs

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: How are children with special healthcare needs uniquely impacted -- especially those who often receive important care during the school day?
Air Date: 5/5/20
Duration: 15:37
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Lynn F. Davidson, MD, FAAP
Lynn F. Davidson, MD, is an Attending Physician in the Division of Academic General Pediatrics at the Children's Hospital at Montefiore (Bronx, NY)  and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

She is a clinician-educator whose clinical focus is on treating children with special healthcare needs, with special interest in treating those with autism, attention deficit disorder, cerebral palsy and improving transition of youth with and without special health care needs to the adult providers.

She is board certified in Pediatrics, Neurodevelopmental Disabilities and Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics. Dr. Davidson is honored to serve on the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Executive Committee of the Council on Children with Disabilities (COCWD) and serve as liaison from COCWD to the Section on Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics.
How the COVID-19 Pandemic Impacts Kids with Special Healthcare Needs
The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting everyone, in different ways.

How are children with special healthcare needs uniquely impacted -- especially those who often receive important care during the school day?

Dr. Lynn Davidson says that parents and family members are required to "get creative" in getting access to necessary therapies. She also advises that parents be okay with doing the best they can, given the circumstances. Some of that involves getting "back to basics;" things like using cooking lessons to teach measurements or flash cards for word development.

Listen as Dr. Davidson joins host Melanie Cole, MS, to discuss how families can cope with the current situation.

Additional Resources for Families of Children with Special Healthcare Needs

American Academy of Pediatrics

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Family Voices

Autism Speaks

Understood.org

School system websites

Look at your school system websites, they have many resources for distance learning.
1. Reach out to your children’s teachers and therapists
2. School system websites for resources for distance learning (e.g. https://www.schools.nyc.gov/learn-at-home/information-on-remote-learning)
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