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Top public health officials and special needs experts have shared tips and support for keeping children with special needs, and their families, safe and supported during this time.
Social distance may help you avoid getting or passing the virus. But social distance is not always possible when a child needs in-person care or help with daily tasks. When contact with anyone outside your home is needed, remember to:
If local, state and national offices close many businesses to fight pandemic spread, places and services that parents count on to support their children with special needs may close from time to time. To work around these limits:
Supplies may be harder to find and higher priced, and it may take longer than usual to get. This may be true for things you need linked to the virus and medical supplies you need all the time.
When you’re having trouble getting what you need:
It is normal to be more worried than usual. You want to protect your children. Children may be afraid because of how much or little they know. Fears about catching or passing the virus come up. Fears about whether people with special needs will get the same access to health care also come up.
It may help to:
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