Parenting

Strategies to support teens and young adults with autism spectrum disorder during COVID-19

Robyn Thom, MD

Contributor

The conditions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic are challenging for all of us, but are especially difficult for teenagers with autism spectrum disorder and their families. Strategies to support teens and families living with ASD can help lessen the impact of the virus.

How can you support your teenager with autism spectrum disorder if they are depressed?

Robyn Thom, MD

Contributor

A recent study found that teens with autism spectrum disorder are three times more likely to develop depression, but several aspects of ASD overlap with those of depression, so identifying symptoms of depression in a person with ASD can be challenging.

Keeping teens home and away from friends during COVID-19

Claire McCarthy, MD

Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

It may be difficult to impress on your teenage children the importance of staying home and not socializing with their friends during this pandemic, but as parents, you are going to have to convince them. Here are some helpful tools and ideas.

Not a staycation: Isolating at home affects our mental health (and what to do)

Claire McCarthy, MD

Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

As the COVID-19 crisis keeps us at home for longer and longer, it’s important to acknowledge that this situation is having negative effects on everyone’s mental health. Here’s how parents and families can take care of themselves in ways that go beyond normal self-care strategies.

Kids fighting nonstop? How to manage during school closures

Siblings are not used to spending so much time with each other, so if your children are fighting more during the pandemic-related school closures, here are some tips to help you manage their behavior.

Is it safe to see the pediatrician for vaccines and medical visits?

Claire McCarthy, MD

Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Concerned about pediatric visits right now? Is it okay to wait on a child’s vaccinations or better to stick to the schedule? What about appointments for other routine matters? What is serious enough to justify the risk?

Why follow a vaccine schedule?

Claire McCarthy, MD

Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

New research suggests just 63% of families follow the recommended childhood vaccination schedule. Altering the schedule by skipping vaccines or spreading them out may putting children at risk, as well as others in the community.

Opportunities for growth: Transitions for youth with autism spectrum disorder

Robyn Thom, MD

Contributor

For young people with autism spectrum disorder, the transition from adolescence to adulthood is marked by changes in many areas of their lives. Healthcare providers and caregivers can make this transition smoother and help their patients meet these challenges.

What one study from China tells us about COVID-19 and children

Claire McCarthy, MD

Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

A study of children in China infected with COVID-19 found that most had illness that was asymptomatic, mild, or moderate. Younger children are at higher risk of running into trouble and it’s important to take extra precautions with them.

Grandparenting in the time of COVID-19

Ellen S. Glazer, LICSW

Guest Contributor

As parents grapple with school and daycare closings prompted by coronavirus, grandparents have questions about helping with child care and whether they can safely spend time with their grandchildren.