This is a letter many special needs parents might want to send due to the changes brought by COVID-19, but don’t have the time or energy to do so… It’s been a long nine months and I want to share some perspective.  During a typical school year, we special needs parents and families struggle. We

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in COVID-19 Coronavirus and Autism by Melanie Milicevic

Nobody expected to start a new year, much less a new decade, with a pandemic. But here we are, months later, still adjusting and reacting to a global health crisis no one could have ever anticipated or imagined. COVID-19. Social distancing. Wearing gloves and masks. Hand washing for 20 seconds. These are some of the

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I have faced this question many times in the past few weeks. Can we still do it? COVID-19 has compelled everyone to change their style of doing work worldwide tremendously. In the beginning, everyone thought it a temporary phase and that everything would be going back to normal very soon, but as time has gone

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in COVID-19 Coronavirus and Autism by Prerana Saini, MOth

COVID-19 continues to sweep not only the nation but the world, and the special needs population faces particular challenges. I admit I didn’t understand the magnitude of this pandemic until just recently. I am an athlete leader and global ambassador for the Special Olympics, and a few months ago, I received an email from the

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in COVID-19 Coronavirus and Autism by Amanda Harrinauth

When I played soccer, my coach would say, “Play to the whistle. It’s not over until you hear the whistle blow”. There is a special place in my heart which holds a group of students. These students come into my life when they are 14 years old and stay with me for the next seven

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Without question, the COVID-19 pandemic has presented everyone with unprecedented disruptions in what we used to take for granted as everyday life. And, all of us are trying to figure out how to make life work, now that it has been turned upside down. Some describe us as being in a war on the coronavirus

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in COVID-19 Coronavirus and Autism by Charles Houff, MS, LMHC

Exercise, both high energy and stress reducing physical activity, is one of the most underutilized and cost-effective interventions for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This is particularly important with children staying home during the COVID-19 shelter-in-place edicts by governors all across the U.S.  Interestingly, a recent survey through SPARK (Simons Foundation Powering Autism Research)

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All individuals with autism process visual information more effectively than verbal supports; however, some individuals rely heavily on visual supports to understand language and express themselves. These individuals often require visual supports that are individualized to them, making pre-made visual supports less helpful to their families and support staff. The following article will help families

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in COVID-19 Coronavirus and Autism by Connie Persike, MS, CCC-SLP

Children all over the world are currently involved in “lockdown” situations in their communities. How can you help your child with autism spectrum disorder and others deal with these situations more effectively? Electronic communication Not all students with autism have access to technology at home. As a parent, you should contact your child’s school principal

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in COVID-19 Coronavirus and Autism by Ron Malcolm, EdD

Even as households worldwide self-isolate to help curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, we’re the furthest thing from isolated when it comes to what we’re experiencing—starting from the shared stress and concern we’re feeling amid such significant upheaval and uncertainty. For families with a child on the autism spectrum, these times can be uniquely concerning. Disruption

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in COVID-19 Coronavirus and Autism by Colleen Kraft, MD, MBA, FAAP

Excellent advice from Temple Grandin, PhD and Debra Moore, PhD, on managing your family during quarantine and how to best prepare for childcare in the event a parent suddenly becomes ill. 1. Routines: maintain the old, create the new This is the time to maintain usual routines as much as possible, supplemented by new ones

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in COVID-19 Coronavirus and Autism by Temple Grandin

Many individuals with autism have sensory needs that require they receive additional supports throughout their day. While safer at home, parents may be looking for activities to do together without the typical support from their child’s therapists. This can be a challenge for many! Throughout this article, you will discover enjoyable ideas to help you

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in COVID-19 Coronavirus and Autism by Connie Persike, MS, CCC-SLP

Autism families have been significantly affected by the changes the COVID-19 quarantine has brought, so we reached out to Alison Singer, Co-Founder and President of the Autism Science Foundation, for expert guidance. Adapting to new routines while quarantined has been challenging for most families. From providing the support parents need to reduce anxieties to advice

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Some people are experiencing varied emotions to everything going on related to the coronavirus. Sometimes, these responses change throughout the day based on information, our surroundings, and news updates. Change has become the norm. There are many ways to manage change and the impact it has on us when things seem out of our control.

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in COVID-19 Coronavirus and Autism by Sara Colorosa, PhD

Under the current COVID-19 situation, being “homebound” can offer many challenges. This is especially true if a family member has autism. The following ideas may help to relieve some of the stress when the usual resources are not available. Keep Calm and Carry On One of the key factors of autism is anxiety. Maintaining a

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in COVID-19 Coronavirus and Autism by Matthew Fisher

Supporting ourselves and one another during this global pandemic is unprecedented territory for most of us. But for autism families, the ability to adapt to the changes a quarantine brings can be extra challenging. Many individuals with autism already struggle to manage and regulate their emotions. How do we support them through this time? First

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in COVID-19 Coronavirus and Autism by Connie Persike, MS, CCC-SLP

COVID-19 is beyond anything we imagined or prepared for as a community. We’re all pretty much winging it, trying to follow the rules and making up how we manage. It can be helpful to have insight into how it affects our neurodiverse children. All of us are experiencing anxiety. For our children with autism, the

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in COVID-19 Coronavirus and Autism by Marcia Eckerd, PhD

As we all know, this period in time is unprecedented. We are facing the unknown, with our health, wealth, the planet, and actually our whole existence. As changes seem to be happening globally on a daily and moment to moment basis, we are being invited to work with our fear, our anxiety, and our hearts

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in COVID-19 Coronavirus and Autism by Jyoti Jo-Manuel

Our world has changed drastically over the past several weeks. No one could ever have imagined that our society would be closed down, and many of our neighbors befallen by a mysterious, invisible foe. Indeed, these are scary and unprecedented times for our world, and it means changing almost every aspect of our way of life. Perhaps

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in COVID-19 Coronavirus and Autism by Brett Novick, MS, LMFT, CSSW

Back on March 13, 2020, a realization started to settle over this country as to what the actual impact COVID-19 (coronavirus) was going to have on all our communities. Since that time, people have been practicing “social distancing.” Schools have shut down, the expectations of the family unit have changed (especially those with children in

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in COVID-19 Coronavirus and Autism by Chris Abildgaard, LPC, NCC, NCSP 

Children with autism like routine and predictability, and so do their parents. With the abrupt change of school closing, both parents and children are having to adjust to staying at home. This sudden change not only affects the children but parents as well. For parents, you have now had a week or two to adjust

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in COVID-19 Coronavirus and Autism by Annette Nuñez, PhD

COVID-19 has created unprecedented impacts on many of our daily functions from attending school, going to the supermarket, and almost any activity that requires gatherings of large groups of people. Perhaps, none of these changes is more impactful than the fears and anxieties that have arisen among us all as we are uncertain of what

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in COVID-19 Coronavirus and Autism by Brett Novick, MS, LMFT, CSSW

Whether we want to believe it or not, the coronavirus is here, and your child will be out of school and therapy for several weeks—possibly months. For our children with autism, this spontaneous and abrupt change is a difficult one. Trying to explain to your child why he/she can’t attend school when it’s not a

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in COVID-19 Coronavirus and Autism by Annette Nuñez, PhD

Recently, the majority of news reports and conversations seem to be centered on coronavirus as it spreads around the world. Here are ten simple tips to consider when explaining coronavirus with your child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) along with an excellent social story to foster understanding and help reduce anxiety. 1. Talk to Your

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in COVID-19 Coronavirus and Autism by Ron Malcolm, EdD

You can’t get away from news of the COVID-19 coronavirus. It’s everywhere, from television and radio to the schoolyard. Many parents are wondering how to talk to their kids about the virus in a way that will be reassuring and not make kids more worried than they already are. Here are some excellent tips for

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in COVID-19 Coronavirus and Autism by Ruthangela Bernadette