Is your child heading back to school? Consider having your child practice wearing a mask for extended periods of time for the last few weeks of summer in order to make the transition easier. Start off by having your child wear a mask during highly preferred activities and increase the length of time in a mask per day. Once your child is comfortable wearing a mask during preferred tasks, incorporate mask wearing into non-preferred activities as well. This will allow your child to slowly ease in to the transition of wearing a mask for a significant portion of the day. Wear a mask with your child during practice time as well! Wearing a mask can be tiring, especially for kids. Start practicing early to reduce stress in the fall!