Attachment, Separation and Loss During the Pandemic, and Their Complications: Supporting Students with Down Syndrome in the Classroom

Tuesday, November 16th | 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Attachment, separation, and loss in students with Down syndrome and other ID/DDs present extraordinary challenges. Indeed, loss of a primary attachment figure can lead to devastating disruption with regression in already gained adaptive skills, social and physical withdrawal, and inability to participate in previously enjoyed activities. Persons with Down syndrome are also exquisitely sensitive to loss of a familiar place, transition between classes, schools, and community programs. Families, teachers, and all caregivers working with students with Down syndrome need to be aware of, anticipate, and attend to such vulnerabilities. Instances of psychosocial regression especially relevant to the pandemic will be highlighted with suggested interventions to alleviate recovery.

Presented by Kerim Munir, MD, MPH DSc, Director of Psychiatry, University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), and Leadership Education Program in Neurodevelopmental Disorder (LEND), Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts

Part of the MDSC Educators Forum Webinar Series. This webinar will be recorded.