The spread of COVID-19 has introduced new challenges to families around the world. In these times of stress, anxiety and abrupt change, children and young adults need more support than ever before. For individuals with autism, extra support is needed to process and adapt to these unusual circumstances.
This population may face unique needs related to:
- Difficulty understanding abstract language
- Disruption to routine/sameness
- An increased likelihood of depression and anxiety
Resource We Recommend
Autism Focused Intervention Resources & Modules (AFIRM) has put together some excellent resources to support individuals with autism through COVID-19.
Click the link and scroll to the bottom of the page to download AFIRM’s packet “Supporting Individuals with Autism Through Uncertain Times.” The packet includes examples and ready-made visual supports, social narratives, helpful apps and activities, and more. These resources are valuable for a range of ages and skills.
In addition, Conscious Discipline offers a wealth of social-emotional information online to help you during this challenging time. Some of the items are purchasable, but in keeping with our belief that we’re all in this together, many of our webinars, podcasts, videos, printables, articles and other items are absolutely free for you to use.
We hope these resources are helpful. We are holding you in our hearts and wishing you well during this challenging time.