Parents whose children have severe disabilities are in survival mode.
The experts they relied on to help educate and socialize their children – and who provide them with a little respite – shut down in-person programs when COVID-19 touched down in Connecticut. School and therapy may be available online now, but their children struggle with that platform.
The result: children are regressing more and more the longer school is closed.
That means hours-long temper tantrums for an autistic girl in Bristol yearning to see her classmates. A 12 year old in Darien with emotional disturbance challenges is unable to cope with the change and has once again started to bite and hurt himself. Sometimes he hits his mother. In West Hartford, an eighth-grade boy with autism began retreating after seeing people wear face masks and often refuses to do his school work.