Second Update from CoSPACE Ireland
30th June 2020
Read our second snapshot of findings from the CoSPACE Ireland study -
We want to know how you are coping now and into the summer months.
Parents can still take part in the Co-SPACE study - https://tinyurl.com/UL-COSPACE
The majority of parents (83%) reported that their child thought that COVID-19 was a very serious issue.
Child’s wellbeing was the main stressor (46.8%) for parents, followed by work (42.9%), the child’s education (42%), screen-time (40.5%) and friends and family outside the home (37.7%).
Parents of a child with SEN/ND reported feeling more stressed about all potential stressors compared to those without a child with SEN/ND.
Overall, 72.3% of parents/carers felt they would benefit from advice, support, or help in relation to their child’s response to COVID-19.
Managing their child’s emotions and managing their child’s educational demands were the two most popular responses for areas parents felt they would like help with.
While parents with SEN/ND expressed they would benefit from help with their child’s emotions and educational demands, they also reported that they would like advice on managing their child’s behaviours.
The majority of parents with a child with SEN who had been receiving support prior to COVID-19 reported that this support had been impacted by the pandemic (94.7%). Most parents (97.5%) reported that support for mental health, emotional or behavioural difficulties was impacted (61% stopped/postponed; 13.4% reduced; 23.2% moved to online support.)