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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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

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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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

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 

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