To celebrate May Speech & Hearing month, #CommunicateAwareness, the Communication Science and Disorders Department’s Dr. Esther Kim, Dr. Bill Hodgetts and I participated in today’s @UofARehabMed’ RehabMed Live. It was exciting to pull together our perspectives on connecting with loved ones and overcoming challenges.
From our lab’s work, I shared about our Survey findings and some new findings from our communicating with children survey.
We have found that most children have lost regular connections with their friends, in particular toddlers and younger school-aged children. Their connections are more limited during the week, and with fewer children
How to help? Try coordinating video play dates…
- Kids can plan a favourite game and take turns taking the lead
- “Share” a snack
- Choose a good time of the day, snack time, quiet time, …
- Brainstorm a few activities, start simple: Eye-spy, Simon says, show and tell, green-light-red-light.
- Ready to level-up? Read a book together, sing a song, learn a new dance, play dress-up, yoga, or even a craft project
Remember that these need not be long – and it might take a few play dates for everyone to get comfortable
Some great resources for parenting during the pandemic from WHO and for talking to children about COVID-19.
Early in the isolation and lock-down, we found lots of information about how to communicate with colleagues when working remotely. But we found very little on how to better communicate with family and friends. Although most of us have family and friends who live afar, we often don’t need to use “remote” tools to talk with loved ones who live nearby. In early April, our lab launched an online survey to better understand how we are communicating with family and friends during COVID-19.
We found that ( PDF Here : )
- we use different tools depending on our age
- by using different tools we are quite satisfied with our interactions with loved ones.
And we are coping well.
We did find that we were less likely to be satisfied in interactions with our elderly family and friends. How can we improve these interactions? Try calling from a quiet place, talking about something familiar, and reminisce.
#WeAreInThisTogether #UAlbertaCSD #CommunicateAwareness
Nuestro Laboratorio, en la Universidad de Alberta, está realizando una encuesta de 10 minutos en línea, para aprender más respecto de cómo se comunican los niños durante el COVID-19.
Descubre más aquí: https://forms.gle/8jb3HcyPrqzJd4kA6
Our lab is conducting a 10 minute survey to learn more about how children are communicating during COVID-19, including children with communication disorders.Your participation is voluntary. Your answers will help us develop tips for communicating during this crisis.
You can take the survey here.
As May Speech and Hearing Month begins, I am excited to share this new resource: an international group of experts have worked together to write a children’s book to help families understand and cope with COVID-19. The book has been translated into 37 languages! You can download it for free.
My Hero is You follow’s Sara as she tries to help children around the world protect themselves and others. Ario, an orange dragon, caries her on her adventure. She meets other kids and they talk about what they can do to help: wash your hands with soap and water! wave instead of shaking hands! stay 2 meters apart! They also learn what to do if they feel scared or overwhelmed: take a deep breath or call someone who makes you feel safe. Ario reassures Sara that it is normal to miss people that we can’t see right now, and that sometimes it’s hard to be have to stay in your home.
It’s a great read for parents with young children, and older children can read it on their own. My eyes did water at the end “You are a hero to all those who love you.”
* Inter-Agency Standing Committee Reference Group on Mental Health and Psychocosocial Support in Emergency Settings and experts from 104 countries.
Communicating with family and friends during COVID
The University of Alberta’s Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine has written about our survey. Thanks for sharing this with our community and remember – it’s not too late to invite someone to take the survey!