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Parents/Caretakers Navigate Ongoing Challenges Amidst the COVID Pandemic


Join Dr. Holmes as she and Dr. Watson discuss new challenges and stressors of parents and caregivers to children on the autism spectrum who are navigating more issues amidst the ongoing COVID crisis.

Dr. Watson discusses challenges and stressors that are already part of the parenting process for parenting children with needs and how COVID and challenges with COVID have accelerated these issues. Dr. Holmes and Dr. Watson acknowledge the strength of parents with special needs children and discuss positive strategies of managing stress during these uncertain times.

Program Coordinator Dr. Julie Watson, PhD, OTR/L, also serves as the Scholarly Mentor for the Brooks Institute of Higher Learning Occupational Therapy Neurologic Residency Program and as the North East Florida Regional Representative for the Florida Occupational Therapy Association. To her students at Bay Path, she brings 16 years of clinical OT experience with pediatric, adult, and geriatric populations in outpatient and home health settings, as well as research on the impact of care giving on health and well being. Outside Bay Path, Dr. Watson enjoys traveling with her family and playing beach volleyball.

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