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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health and Safety Guide

ASERT has put together some resources for those with autism and those who care for people with autism relating to the current Coronavirus outbreak.

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Category: Daily Living Skills

Accompanying an Individual to the Doctor

This resource was created with the goal of providing tips and information that may be useful when accompanying an individual to the doctor.

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Adjusting to New Situations

This social story, developed by ASERT, talks about ways to stay calm when plans change.

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Adjusting to New Situations

Change is part of everyday life. The ability to change is central to our growth as individuals. For people with autism, who often rely on predictability and routine to feel calm and safe, change can affect them differently. Adjusting to new situations may be met with anxiety, fear, or resistance. Fortunately, there are strategies you can use to ease adjustment to new situations.

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Am I Ready to Learn How to Drive?

Learning to drive a car can be both exciting and scary. This #ASDNext guide helps you know if you have the necessary skills required to be a good driver. Ask yourself the questions in each section of this resource to see if you may be ready to start learning how to drive.

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Are You Ready?

This resource includes a webinar on strategies in preparing individuals who have a variety of needs for disasters and emergencies, including individuals who use assistive technology (AT). The resource also includes a brochure on "Emergency Preparedness for People Who Use Assistive Technology."

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Attending a Birthday Party

This resource, developed by ASERT, provides helpful tips and suggestions for helping individuals with autism have an enjoyable time at birthday parties.

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Autism and Wandering

This specific resource is a brochure with suggestions for keeping someone with autism who wanders safe. Topics include definitions, how to secure your home, suggestions to prevent wandering, and how to alert people who can help.

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Autism Relationships

This section of the Autism Connection of Pennsylvania website is a series of videos designed to help individuals with autism learn how to develop lasting relationships.

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Autism Speaks: Managing a Crisis Situation

This resource from Autism Speaks provides tips and suggestions for how to support someone who is engaging in challenging or dangerous behavior. It also includes information on what to expect if the individual goes to the emergency room as well as the legal rights of parents and the individual.

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Be Safe: Home Safety Social Story

This resource, part of the Be Safe resource collection, is a social story explaining ways to stay safe when at home.

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