What Can I Do with My Child All Day? Strategies for Supporting Young Children


View the PDF handout for this presentation, with examples, resources, and websites.



Many parents of young children are wondering how to provide some type of learning support during this challenging time. This includes children whose parents are concerned about speech/language development, children on the waitlist for autism assessment, and children who have recently been diagnosed with autism but have not yet started early intervention.

In this session, a behaviour analyst/special educator and a speech-language pathologist will provide a framework for thinking about how to provide support. This will include resources for engaging children in activities that can enhance informal learning and support social-communication development. This presentation is intended for parents and early intervention service providers.

Presenters

Dr. Pat Mirenda, Board Certified Behaviour Analyst and Professor in the Dept. of Educational and Counselling Psychology and Special Education, University of British Columbia

Dr. Paola Colozzo, Speech-Language Pathologist and Associate Professor in the School of Audiology and Speech Sciences, University of British Columbia


Video Sponsor

The production of this video has been sponsored by the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research and Collaboration in Autism (CIRCA) at the University of British Columbia.


ACT is gathering information to support families during the COVID-19 crisis, including resources specific to those who are neuro-diverse and useful general resources. Our COVID-19 Resources page will be updated as new resources come in.

More videos from ACT’s COVID-19 educational learning live stream series

Many parents of children with diverse learning needs are feeling particularly pressured to keep up educational programs during this crisis, even though they have little support to do so. This is increasing stress on many overwhelmed families. This conversation between two school psychologists and a child psychiatrist will focus on the practical, to reassure families on how formal and informal learning can happen on the home front.

Video & Resources

COVID-19 has profoundly heightened anxiety in the autism community internationally. Our families and organizations are struggling to provide a stable environment for children, youth and adults with autism spectrum disorder. Able adults with ASD are also feeling the strain. ACT has invited three respected mental health clinicians, who have presented for ACT on autism and mental health, to answer questions on ‘Anxiety and COVID-19’.

Video & Resources