COVID-19, social media and those with intellectual and developmental disabilities

The latest episode of the “Show Me the Science” podcast examines problems the pandemic causes for those with developmental disabilities, and how social media increases stress related to the virus.

As debates continue over whether children should be in classrooms or involved in online learning from home, child psychiatrist John N. Constantino, MD, says little has been said about kids with intellectual and developmental disabilities, many of whom have a great deal of trouble trying to learn online.

Also, Patricia A. Cavazos-Rehg, PhD, talks about her team’s effort to analyze the effects of social media on anxiety and depression, and use messages delivered over social media to lower stress and anxiety levels.