Categories: ASD and DD, Child-focused; COVID-19 Topics
By Brittany Juban, Ph.D., LABA, BCBA-D
[This column was published in the West Springfield Republican on August 20, 2020.]
Massachusetts entered Phase 3 of its reopening plan on July 6, 2020, and numerous businesses, dining establishments, health and recreational facilities, and schools have already reopened their doors.
While many students – and their parents – are looking forward to the resumption of in-school learning, getting out of their homes and back into the world, some may be fearful about returning to school or even going out into the community. After months of being “safer at home,” it can feel not-so-safe to venture out.
Ultimately, parents will need to make the decision that is right for their family. For those who do feel ready to return to the community, the following are some tips to help prepare your children for a safe and enjoyable reentry.
If you are not sure whether returning to the community is right for your family, consider consulting with your healthcare provider about any concerns that you might have. For additional information on Massachusetts’ reopening plan, visit: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-updates-and-information#reopening-massachusetts-
Brittany Juban, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LABA, is a Clinical Director at the May Center School for Autism and Developmental Disabilities in West Springfield, Mass. She can be contacted at email@example.com.
May Institute is a nonprofit organization that is a national leader in the field of applied behavior analysis, serving individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities, brain injury and neurobehavioral disorders, and other special needs. Founded 65 years ago, we provide a wide range of exceptional educational and rehabilitative services across the lifespan. May Institute operates four schools for children and adolescents with ASD and other developmental disabilities, including one in West Springfield, Mass. For more information, call 800.778.7601 or visit www.mayinstitute.org.