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Coronavirus disease or COVID-19, is an infectious disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. COVID-19 can affect adults and children by causing long-term symptoms such as difficulty concentrating, anxiety, depression, long-term breathing problems, and even heart complications. Children represent about 19% of all reported COVID-19 cases since the pandemic first began. Children also can have trouble concentrating, which can impact their ability to attend school and do their daily activities that require concentration, such as dressing, showering, and social participation. Cognitive deficits due to COVID-19 can impact the pediatric population as they may have decreased occupational performance in desired occupations, such as activities of daily living, or ADLS, instrumental activities of daily living, or IADLs, and social participation. This presentation focuses on the long-term impacts of COVID-19 on cognition in the pediatric population by discussing what areas of cognition are affected and how to improve these areas. Activities and interventions are provided to improve areas of cognition affected by COVID-19, at the clinic and home.

Publication Date

Summer 8-2-2023


University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences


COVID-19, Occupational Therapy, Pediatric, Adolescents

Medical Subject Headings

Occupational Therapy, Child, COVID-19, Occupations, Anxiety, Pandemics, Activities of Daily Living, Cognition, Schools


Cognitive Science | Occupational Therapy | Pediatrics


Poster presented at the Summer 2023 Virtual OTD Capstone Symposium held online at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences on August 2-9, 2023.

The Effects of COVID-19 on Cognition in the Pediatric Population