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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health and Safety Guide

ASERT has compiled resources for those with autism and those who care for people with autism relating to the current COVID-19 outbreak.

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Preparing for a Hospital Visit

A hospital can be an intimidating place for anyone, but the unfamiliar sights, smells, and sounds can be especially difficult to cope with for children with autism. In addition to the environment, a medical procedure or examination often involves poking and prodding by medical professionals or specialized equipment. Planning in advance can help hospital visits go more smoothly. The list below includes ideas for planning with your child.

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Preparing Your Child for a Visit to the Doctor

Visiting the doctor may be overwhelming for many children. It is helpful to plan ahead and prepare your child as much as possible. This resource outlines some tips and tools that might be helpful for families and caregivers in preparing to see a doctor.

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Public Comment Period

This short video provides an explanation of what public comment periods are, and how to get involved.

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Recognizing and Managing ADHD in Children and Teens

This resource provides tips for parents to help manage ADHD in their Children and Teens.

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Relationships, Puberty and Sexual Health (2013)

Puberty, relationships, and sexual health are confusing topics to navigate. This resource offers approaches to these topics for youth on the spectrum.

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Resources for a Newly Diagnosed Individual

This collection of resources is designed to help families who have a family member who was recently diagnosed with autism.

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Responding To Suicidal Statements

This information sheet was developed by the Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training Collaborative and provides warning signs and tips to help individuals respond to suicidal statements.

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Responses to Grief

This resource provides information for parents/caregivers on how to support individuals with autism and/or intellectual disabilities who may be experiencing grief.

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Safe Practices for Gathering Over the Holidays

This resource provides tips and suggestions for how to stay healthy and safe while celebrating holidays with friends and family during COVID-19.

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Safeguard Against Disability Discrimination

This resource provides information for individuals with disabilities to ensure equal care and services during COVID-19.

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