The pandemic induced a radical shift to online learning with increased parental involvement. This study investigates the challenges that students with specific learning difficulties (SpLD) encountered during the pandemic and the mediating role of parental stress. A total of 294 parents of children with SpLD (mean age = 10.6; SD = 1.5) were recruited. Parents reported concerns over their children’s difficulties maintaining learning routines, lack of suitable environment for online classes, and ineffective remote learning. Results of mediation analysis showed that online learning challenges, SpLD symptoms, and emotional and behavioral difficulties positively predicted parental stress. In turn, parental stress negatively predicted children’s self-esteem and family quality of life. The study implies that parents of children with SpLD need both psychological and technical support under suspension of face-to-face teaching. Copyright © 2023 The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature.
CitationXu, J.-Q., Poon, K., & Ho, M. S. H. (2023). Brief report: The impact of COVID-19 on parental stress and learning challenges for Chinese children with SpLD. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s10803-023-05983-y
- COVID-19 pandemic
- Specific learning difficulties
- Special educational needs