Autism and managing/coping with change during Covid 19
Change, especially unexpected change, can be challenging for us all - especially for children and young people with autism. Those of us who live with autistic individuals of any age are well aware of how disrupted routines and uncertainty can seriously increase their anxiety and stress levels.
It is always helpful to prepare our ASD children and young people for changes in advance, especially using clear visuals. But the speed at which changes are currently being announced around COVID make this almost impossible! The NAS has some really useful information online on preparing for change: www.autism.org.uk/dealing-with-change and managing anxiety: www.autism.org.uk/anxiety.
There are some additional thoughts and strategies on Autism and Managing/ Coping with Change during Covid 19 which should be helpful. Please contact the school if you need any further support or advice.