The impact of covid on children with special needs

Is the government neglecting children with special needs?

The Stormort committee’s admission that essential services for many children with disabilities dropped to zero due to the lockdown should be a cause for concern. This has led to a number of children sustaining serious bodily harm and injuries. Services to children with special needs are essential and according to Donna Jennings from the Evangelical Alliance, they help keep families in one piece.

"These services are essential in order to keep our families in one piece, including siblings, and to let us care for our children at home for as long as possible, which is what we want. What happened over lockdown - the need increased but the services disappeared," Jennings told the Stormort Committee.

Ms Jennings has an autistic son, Micah whom she says has developed sleeping disorders and exhibits challenging behaviour. Micah and other children with special educational needs have been receiving a special care package from government which has been allowing their families some relief during this pandemic.



“These services are essential in order to keep our families in one piece, including siblings, and to let us care for our children at home for as long as possible, which is what we want. What happened over lockdown - the need increased but the services disappeared,’’ she added.


Among the essential services Micah and other children have been getting are therapies, help with behaviour management, and education. Withdrawing these services has led to a deterioration in student’s mental health and increased anxiety levels.



"Children were putting their heads through windows, breaking their parent's arms. I would say my family and families that I know got an average of two to three hours sleep per night for seven months - as well as holding jobs, as well as home schooling, as well as caring for Micah one-to-one," Ms Jennings confided to the committee chairman, Chris Lyttle.

Written by Christopher Labinjo for the Up2Science GCSE programme Website - Email - Facebook - Instagram - Twitter

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