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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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Individuals with Autism

Among ASERT’s thousands of resources are those specifically designed for individuals with autism. Here you will find a virtual network of support to make navigating life on the spectrum as seamless as possible.

We’ve highlighted some of our top resources below, or feel free to browse through all of the resources for individuals with autism!

Medicaid Waivers for Individuals with Autism

This page is about Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waivers in Pennsylvania. HCBS Waivers are a type of Medicaid program that provides long-term services and supports to groups of people who need support to live in their communities.

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Social Story Resource Collection

Social stories can be a helpful tool for individuals to prepare for and understand different situations, such as going to the library, following the rules of the justice system, or determining when to call 911. This bundle is a collection of social stories developed by ASERT and other professionals.

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Employment Resource Collection

This is a collection of resources focused on employment, aimed at helping individuals with autism find, and keep jobs.

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Be Well, Think Well: An Overview of Anxiety

This resource, part of the Be Well, Think Well resource collection, provides information explaining anxiety, signs and symptoms of anxiety, differences between Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Autism, as well as information about what panic attacks could look and feel like for individuals.

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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: Calling Crisis Intervention Social Story

This social story provides a simple visual explanation of when you may need to call crisis intervention, and what to expect if you do.

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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: General Medication Management

This collection of resources provides information for self-advocates about using medication as part of treatment for mental health diagnoses. Information includes preparing for a medication check, and information about taking medications.

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Be Well, Think Well: General Treatment for Mental Health Conditions

This resource, part of the Be Well, Think Well resource collection, provides information about the use of medication and other treatments for people with autism who experience mental health conditions, what to prepare for medication appointments, behavioral health managed care organizations, and other types of intensive psychological treatments.

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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: Recognizing and Managing Anxiety Social Stories

These social stories provide a simple visual explanation of what anxiety is, and ways to help manage anxiety.

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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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