1. Explain why wearing a mask is necessary.
- Use easy to understand language and positive phrasing.
- Use picture and video aids.
- Social story.
2. Show photos that mask-wearing is the norm.
- Ask family members and friends to take a photo with a mask on.
3. Take small steps to get used to wearing a mask.
- Holding the mask.
- Put the mask on your kid's face.
- Pull the elastic around the ears. If it is uneasy, stitch buttons on either side of the elastic using your kids favourite cap and use that instead of wearing it around the ears.
- Let the child wear for a few seconds initially and then gradually increase the duration.
- Practice wearing the mask daily.
4. Pretend to play with a mask.
- Integrate mask-wearing in child's pretend play activity.
5. Start with familiar clothing.
- Choose a fabric that your child already wears and convert that into a mask.
6. Get creative with a mask.
- Allow the child to paint the mask.
- Allow the child to pick the colour and fabric if you are making a DIY home mask.
7. Stuffed animals and dolls too need masks.
- Put a mask on your child's favourite stuffed doll as a reminder we all are in this together.
8. Praise and reinforce the child for wearing the mask.
Each kid takes times to get used to wearing a mask but when kids wear a mask which is made of fabric that is comfortable to their skin, the mask-wearing process becomes easier. Another key to success is patience. Give your child a stress-free experience.