Apr 11, 2020

Supporting Students with Autism During Uncertain TimesMom and son completing homework at a table

The school closures resulting from COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) are unsettling for children and adults. Changes in daily routines and loss of connections with friends and teachers impact children.

Parents and caregivers play essential roles in helping children to navigate these feelings. Children with autism may need additional support to process and adapt to these changes.

Kelli Robertson, GWAEA autism consultant, shares this resource from the Autism Focused Intervention Resources & Modules (AFIRM). AFIRM developed seven support strategies designed to meet the unique needs of individuals with autism during these uncertain times. These strategies include:

    1.    Support understanding
    2.    Offer opportunities for expression
    3.    Prioritize coping and calming skills
    4.    Maintain routines
    5.    Build new routines
    6.    Foster connections (from a distance)
    7.    Be aware of changing behavior

AFIRM outlines these strategies in their article, "Supporting Individuals with Autism through Uncertain Times."

AFIRM is an extension of the National Professional Development Center (NPDC) on ASD, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center. Visit the NPDC website for information.

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