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A Toolkit for Helping Your Child Wear a Mask During COVID-19 (Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities)


Wearing a mask is important and will help us stop the spread of COVID-19. Most places are requiring people to wear a mask right now. As you start to go out more, you may worry about your child’s safety and ability to wear a mask.

Your child may not want to wear a mask and have a hard time keeping it on. Wearing a mask can be really hard for children with anxiety, sensory differences, and autism. Your child may be extra sensitive to the way the mask feels on their face, head, and ears. Some children may even feel panicked when a mask is put on them. Some kids won’t like the way mask looks on themselves or others, and might feel scared. Other children just won’t like it because it is different and doing something different is hard for them.

This toolkit was written by Brenna Cavanaugh, PsyD, BCBA-D, Courtney Aponte, PhD, & Kenneth Shamlian, PsyD, BCBA.


This toolkit was developed by licensed psychologists at the Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities in the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at the University of Rochester Medical Center.


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