General Tips for Promoting Prolonged Mask-Wearing
- Provide choices, such as paper versus cloth.
- Select masks that contain favorite characters.
- Ensure the mask is comfortable and fits the size of their face.
- Provide materials that will reduce ear strain, such as ear-savers or headbands/hats with buttons.
- For students with glasses, ensure their masks can pinch at the nose. This reduces fogging.
- Model mask-wearing for the student.
- Select a mask that is conducive to the temperature (i.e. light cotton for hot weather).
- Show the student pictures of other people and/or favorite characters wearing masks.
- Wash masks regularly.
- Provide special rewards for prolonged wearing.
- Use desensitization to gradually increase the wearing of masks.
Research-Based Guides for Strengthening Mask-Wearing
- Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities: Mask Wearing Toolkit
- Nationwide Children's: Helping Kids Get Used to Seeing and Wearing Masks
- Advent Health: Tips for Getting Toddlers to Wear Masks
- Applied Behavior Services, LLC (2020): Teaching Children Mask Tolerance
- Applied Behavior Services, LLC (2020): Easy to Use Steps In Action
- CS Mott Children's Hospital (2020): Making Masks Fun
- Sesame Street (2020): Julia Practices Wearing a Mask
- HMEA's Autism Resource Center: Social Stories for Young and Old on COVID-19
Center for Disease Control and Prevention, (2020). Guidance for K-12 School Administrators on the Use of Masks in Schools. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/cloth-face-cover.html.