How to encourage your child to wear a mask
Some children may feel uneasy about wearing masks. They may need extra support and comfort from parents. Parents also can help children understand why they might need to wear a mask, and make them more comfortable and even fun to wear.
- Make it familiar – Have parents wear it around the house, and child practice wearing it to become familiar with using one.
- Decorate or help make their mask – Makes it fun and gives them some autonomy/control around the situation.
- Play – Can practice using it in play scenarios such as using it on a stuffed animal, wearing it to play ‘doctor’ or superheroes.
- Talk about what it is for and why it is important in clear terms to set expectations for child.
Some Social Stories regarding wear masks;
I can wear a mask – A social Story by THE AUTISM RESEARCH INSTITUTE
I can wear a mask! – A Social Story for Visual Learners by Meg Stone
Heaberlin, PsyD & Celia Schloemer, MA, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
WEARING A MASK – ASERT & PAautism.org