Sumary of Families with children with special health needs report disruptions during pandemic:
- September 10, 2021 2 min read ADD TOPIC TO EMAIL ALERTS Receive an email when new articles are posted on Please provide your email address to receive an email when new articles are posted on .
- Back to Healio Families with children diagnosed with special health needs experienced higher rates of disruption during the pandemic compared with other households, an AAP collaborative survey found.
- The AAP, in collaboration with the CDC, Prevent Child Abuse America and Tufts Medical Center, surveyed 9,000 parents over a period of 7 months to measure the impact of the pandemic on family life, adverse childhood experiences and positive childhood experiences.
- Source: AAP According to findings from the Family Snapshot Survey, 92% of families with children with special health needs indicated disruptions compared with 74% of other households.
- Households with kids with special health needs reported higher rates of disruptions in child care or day care closings, canceled medical or dental appointments and the inability to receive free or reduced cost meals at school, according to the survey.
- “Families with children with special health care needs had a particularly hard time during the pandemic,” Robert Sege MD, a pediatrician at Tufts Children’s Hospital and director of the Center for Community-Engaged Medicine at Tufts Medical Center, said in a statement.