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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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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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Phases of Reopening

This resource provides information on how restaurants and retail stores will be reopening during the COVID-19 pandemic. It also includes information on what stores and businesses may only open during the green phase.

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Physical Health Resource Collection

This is a bundle of resources from a variety of sources that provide information on general physical health information as well as specific conditions individuals with autism may have.

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Planning a Birthday Party for a Child with Autism

When planning a birthday party for a child with autism, there are different ways you can help to make your child’s special day a great experience. Here are a few suggestions to consider as you plan the celebration.

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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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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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