School & Remote Learning Support

School this year is a big adjustment for kids – and parents! Our pediatric experts are here to help. From tips for mask safety to strategies for distance learning, we’ve gathered the advice you need for a safe, successful school year.


Creating Your Child’s Ideal “Home Office” for Distance Learning

As students tackle distance learning during the coronavirus pandemic, they may find it hard to feel as though they’re in school when in fact they’re “working from home.” One way parents can help? Create a dedicated office space for your child in which they will love to learn.

Preventing Eye Strain During Your Child’s Screen-Based Learning in COVID-19

As we kick off a new school year during the coronavirus pandemic, there’s a good chance that screen-based instruction is part of your child’s lesson plan. All that screen-time could lead to eye strain – but luckily, some simple precautions can help.


How to Help Kids Adjust to Masks: 16 Activities to Practice Mask-Wearing

With masks part of the new normal, it’s time to make sure your child is comfortable wearing theirs. So we’ve put together 16 activities to sneak mask practice into everyday fun.

8 Things to Practice With Your Kids for COVID-19 Classroom Safety

Schools are taking lots of precautions to keep kids safe from coronavirus. You can too. A pediatrician shares tips for what to practice.


10 Items to Include in Your Child's Backpack During COVID-19

If your child is back in the classroom this fall, they’ll need some new supplies. Pediatrician Patricia Garcia, MD, MPH, shares her list.

How to Talk to Younger Kids About Changes at School During COVID-19

Developmental pediatrician Robert D. Keder, MD, shares steps and some general tips on how do you talk to younger kids about big changes at school.


Where to Find the Best Multicultural and Social Justice Books, Movies, Apps and More for Kids and Young Adults

You can help your child embrace diversity, equity and inclusion at any age. One way is to choose books and other entertainment featuring characters with a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences.

Talking to Your Kids About Masks

Director of the Center for Airway, Voice, and Swallowing Disorders, Nicole Murray, MD, shares tips on how to talk to children about wearing a mask in this short video.


How to Support Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders This School Year

Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have a tough time adjusting to change – so they’ll need additional guidance and support to succeed in school during COVID-19. Connecticut Children’s autism specialist Jennifer Twachtman-Bassett, MS, CCC-SLP shares tips.

10 Steps to a Better Morning! Get Your Child Into a School Routine for Both Classroom and Distance Learning

Whether your child is headed to the classroom or staying home for virtual learning, try following these tips for a great morning – right down to packing a backpack the night before.


Road Safety Tips for Kids at Bus Stops, Drop-Offs and While Walking or Bicycling to Class

School is back in session, and that means school buses, crowded drop-offs and bicycling or walking along busy roads. Motor vehicle injuries are a leading cause of death among children in the United States, so it’s important to talk to your child now about being safe around buses and cars.

24 Ways to Comfort Kids Without Physical Contact: Strategies for Teachers and “Pod” Parents During COVID-19

Until hugs are back on the table, developmental pediatrician Robert D. Keder, MD, shares ways to soothe and reassure kids – without physical contact.


Which Mask to Wear?

Director of the Center for Airway, Voice, and Swallowing Disorders, Nicole Murray, MD, discusses how to select a mask.

What Should I Do When My Child Has a Common Cold During COVID-19?

Infectious disease pediatrician John R. Schreiber, MD, MPH, tackles this popular topic for this back-to-school season.


18 Tips to Help Children With Special Needs Thrive While Learning at Home

Jennifer Twachtman-Bassett, a speech and language pathologist and autism specialist, and Robert D. Keder, MD, a developmental and behavioral pediatrician, answer common questions from parents of children with special needs – from how to structure your child’s learning to how to talk about coronavirus.

Ask a Pediatrician: Is It a Good Idea for My Child With Asthma to Go Back to School or Day Care During COVID-19?

Whether or not your child has an existing health condition like asthma, this is a decision every parent is struggling with right now. Critical care pediatrician and asthma researcher Christopher Carroll, MD, MS, answers a question on a lot of parents’ minds.


Is It Safe to Send Your Child Back to Day Care During COVID-19?

As childcare centers reopen in Connecticut, parents have a lot of questions about safety. Pediatrician Patricia Garcia, MD, MPH, who directs Connecticut Children’s Healthy Homes program, helps provide those answers.

Is Your Child Online? Follow 6 Steps for Social Media Safety

Kevin Borrup, DrPH, JD, MPA, associate director of Connecticut Children’s Injury Prevention Center, advises on basic steps to keep your child safe online


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