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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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Family Members

Whether it’s a sibling, grandparent, cousin, aunt, uncle or parent, it can be difficult to know how to properly support your family member on the spectrum. ASERT’s broad database of autism resources includes a variety of information helpful for family members.

Check out some of our top resources highlighted below, or search through the hundreds of resources available for family members!

The Spectrum of Communication

Communication permits us to advocate for our needs, develop relationships, and participate in our community. When supporting someone with Autism, the most important thing to keep in mind at all times is that speech does not equal communication.

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PA Family Network

The PA Family Network was created to support families and the major elements of the Community of Practice goals.

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Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance (PFSA)

Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance provides education, support, and training programs to make Pennsylvania safe for children.

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Be Well, Think Well: An Overview of Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder includes long periods of depression followed by brief periods of mania. There are two types of bipolar disorder called Bipolar I and Bipolar II. This resource provides basic information about the disorder.

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Be Well, Think Well: Depression Social Stories

These social stories provide a visual explanation of depression, including what it is, how to manage, and how to support a loved one who may be experiencing depression.

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Be Well, Think Well: Overview of Depression

This resource, part of the Be Well, Think Well resource collection, provides information about recognizing depression, signs and symptoms of depression in individuals with autism, diagnosing anxiety and depression in individuals with autism, and behaviors to look for to identify whether what you’re seeing is a symptom of autism or something else.

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Be Well, Think Well: Overview of Psychotic Disorders

These resources developed by ASERT provide a general overview of psychotic disorders, including how to diagnose and recognize.

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Be Well, Think Well: Services and Treatment for Anxiety

This resource, part of the Be Well, Think Well resource collection, provides information about managing anxiety, tips on how to face your fears, various types of therapies for anxiety, different relaxation techniques, medication for treating anxiety and depression, and way to find a therapist for an individual with autism.

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Be Well, Think Well: Services and Treatment for Depression

This resource, part of the Be Well, Think Well resource collection, provides information about managing depression, strategies for working with individuals who have autism and depression, common types of therapy for depression, medications for depression and anxiety, and how to find a therapist for an individual with autism.

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Be Well, Think Well: Services and Treatments for Bipolar Disorders

This resource will provide information about the treatments for bipolar disorder.

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Be Well, Think Well: Supporting Individuals with Anxiety and Autism

This resource, part of the Be Well, Think Well resource collection, provides information about supporting individuals with anxiety and autism through panic attacks and various relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, imagery, progressive muscle relaxation, and grounding techniques.

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Be Well, Think Well: Supporting Individuals with Bipolar and Autism

Use this resource to get suggestions on how to support someone with bipolar disorder.

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Be Well, Think Well: Supporting Individuals with Depression and Autism

This resource provides information on how to support individuals with autism who also have a diagnosis of depression.

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