National COVID Conference

What We Know and Don’t Know About Pediatric Long-COVID 

(SYMPOSIUM FOR PROFESSIONALS AND FAMILIES ON THE CURRENT STATE OF PEDIATRIC LONG-COVID)

Virtual Conference - April 21-22, 2023

Online Registration Opens on February 15m 2023

Sponsored by the Woodcock Institute for Neurocognitive Research and Applied Practice • Texas Woman's University, Denton, Texas  

Educators and parents are just now beginning to realize the long-term impact that COVID infection, as well as the COVID pandemic experience itself, has had on children and adolescents. Approximately 15 million children and adolescents in the United States have reportedly tested positive for COVID variants, and it is estimated that up to 60% or more of this population will experience lingering neuropsychological and/or medical symptoms. Long-term ramifications and illness related to COVID is currently being referred to as "long-COVID" or Post-Acute Covid Syndrome and is being equated to chronic illnesses such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFW), Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), or Fibromyalgia. The pandemic has also affected children and adolescents who did not test positive for COVID or experience Covid infection, but whose quality of educational experiences may have been altered significantly during the active transmission/pandemic period. The long-term effects of "lack of educational opportunity' for many children and youth, especially those with pre-existing disabilities has led to educational deficits which must be addressed in the short and long-term. Additionally, school and pediatric professionals must begin the task of determining what changes are necessary within assessment, diagnostic, and intervention practices in order to effectively address the needs of children and adolescents impacted by Covid and the pandemic. The purpose of this virtual conference is to educate professionals who work with children and youth about what signs to look for in children with long-COVID, to address relevant school-based and pediatric practices, and to review rehabilitative and intervention resources for schools, children and families.

This two day virtual conference will host leading experts in the field. The presentations and discussions will be within five major topical strands:

  • Medical manifestations of Covid infection and long COVID in children and adolescents.
  • Neurocognitive deficits associated with Covid infection and long COVID in children and adolescents.
  • Impact of long COVID on children, their families and caregivers.
  • Multidisciplinary assessment, rehabilitation, and intervention services for children with long COVID. 
  • Ethical and legal implications in identifying and serving children and adolescents with long COVID, including guidance provided by OSEP and OCR.

Registration details will be posted in early 2023. Participants must register for the virtual conference but will be able to attend any or all sessions free of charge. 

As speakers are confirmed and as the schedule gets more set, details will be posted here.

Questions about the conference may be addressed to dmiller@twu.edu  

 

Page last updated 5:56 PM, February 6, 2023