SAMHSA: Addressing the Adverse Impacts of COVID-19 on Children with Serious Emotional Disorders

Wed, Mar 3 2021, 1 - 2:30pm

Since March 2020, children across the country have been isolated at home participating in distance learning. The impacts academically, socially and emotionally have been staggering, particularly for children with pre-existing serious emotional disorders and their families. There has been a reduction in referrals to child protective services, an increase in isolation, depression, anxiety, and a decrease in engagement which can lead to lower academic success. What do all of these things mean in the short-term and the long-term? What can be done to attempt to mitigate some of these adverse effects?

By the end of the roundtable discussion, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the impact of distance learning on academic outcomes.
  • Explain the social-emotional impacts of distance learning.
  • Describe two trauma-informed, resilience-oriented strategies to address the impacts.