Caregiver and Family Mental Health and COVID19: A focus on ASD and Eating Disorder patient populations

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Caregivers and families of autistic people have experienced considerable stress and mental health difficulties as a result of COVID-19 social distancing measures. Dr. Vivian Lee will present the results of a knowledge synthesis that includes media items, organizational reports, peer-reviewed literature, and grey literature. The work highlighted the potential long-term impact of prolonged exposure to increasing demands on the mental health and wellbeing of caregivers and families of autistic people, how families are activating individual and community-based coping strategies, and pointed to a need for the rapid development and evaluation of flexible and timely support programs.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a negative impact on children and youth experiencing eating disorder behaviours and their families/clinicians. With the uncertain nature of the pandemic, patients are experiencing heightened anxieties and engaging in eating disorder behaviours; parents are struggling with first-time home monitoring for their child; and clinicians are challenged with providing the same level of care virtually, while using unfamiliar telehealth techniques. Dr. Jennifer Couturier will present recommendations from the Canadian Consensus Panel and the findings that family-based therapy and/or cognitive behavioral therapy delivered by telemedicine may be viable options for children and youth with eating disorders.

Target Audience:
Pediatric/youth healthcare practitioners,

Learning outcomes:
- Potential long-term Impacts of pandemic on mental health of caregivers of people with autism
- Best practices for virtual support of children and youth with eating disorder behaviours
- Managing mental health and well-being for families and vulnerable children and youth during a pandemic

Dr. Vivian Lee, Ph.D. is a Postdoctoral Fellow working with Dr. Jonathan Weiss in the Department of Psychology at York University. Her research focuses on the emotional and mental health of children and youth with autism and other neurodevelopmental disabilities. Her work includes investigations of child-, parent-, and system-level characteristics, and the relationship between these factors, that either support healthy emotional development or exacerbates difficulties in the child and for the family. Her work also focuses on the impact of these factors on overall parent and family wellbeing. Vivian has an interest in implementation science and program evaluations, and working alongside Dr. Weiss, she is investigating the impact of participation in psychosocial interventions on the mental health and wellbeing of autistic youth and their caregivers.

@VivianAprilLee @ASDMentalHealth @YorkUniversity 

Dr. Jennifer Couturier is a child and adolescent psychiatrist, and is the medical co-director of the Pediatric Eating Disorders Program at McMaster Children’s Hospital. She is an Associate Professor within the Departments of Psychiatry & Behavioural Neurosciences, Pediatrics, and Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact at McMaster University. She completed a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences at Stanford University in Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders. Her research focuses on psychotherapy approaches for eating disorders, with a special interest in implementation of these treatments.


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