The COVID-19 pandemic has changed life for nearly every person around the globe – our daily routines have transitioned dramatically and many of us are having to adjust our typical methods of working, going to school, and even shopping for groceries.
One thing we should be mindful of, however, is how this crisis might be affecting children, particularly those on the autism spectrum.
Autism Spectrum Disorder is a developmental disorder that manifests in different ways, but most commonly by impaired social interaction, limited communication, behavioral challenges, and a limited range of hobbies and interests.
“The biggest thing parents are having to deal with right now is just an overall disruption,” says Marty Price, Behavioral Analytic Manager for Centerstone’s Autism Services: Think! Learn! Explore! (CASTLE). “Every child is unique, but children with autism tend to love structure and they generally thrive when their days stay close to the same as the day before, so a lot of kids are going to be thrown for a loop during this time.”
Some things you can do to help children with autism during this time include:
If you are in crisis, please call our crisis line, call 911 or visit the nearest emergency room.
If you're still having trouble and would like to reach out to someone about counseling or other Centerstone services, contact us.
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