We recently launched our Co-SPACE study to learn more about how families are coping with the challenges of COVID-19. We wanted to share our second update with findings from our first 5000 participants.
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Among our sample:
Nearly half the parents/carers thought that their child was concerned about family and friends catching the virus.
Around a third of parents/carers reported that their child was worried about missing school.
Work is the most frequent source of stress for parents, followed by their child’s emotional wellbeing.
Parents of children with special educational needs and neurodevelopmental disorders (SEN/ND) report higher levels of stress across all areas.
While child behaviour is rarely a stressor for parents of non-SEN/ND children, it was frequently a stressor for parents of children with SEN/ND.
Parents working outside the home report particular stress around work, followed by their child’s wellbeing and education.
80% of those who were previously receiving support from services have had this stopped or postponed during the pandemic.
Parents particularly want support around their child’s emotional wellbeing, education and coming out of social isolation.
Parents of children with SEN/ND would also like support around managing their child’s behaviour.
Parents/carers would value online written materials and videos, while parents with children with SEN/ND would also like online support from professionals.