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.
There is a common misconception that because a person with autism can speak, she doesn’t need support in communication. Some people with autism don’t speak to communicate, and therefore it’s easier ot assume that they require more support in communication. In fact, people on the spectrum communicate in many ways.
At times, it may be challenging for someone who speaks to verbalize in stressful situations. Using alternative forms of communication may be key to interacting successfully with the world whether a person is speaking or non-speaking. Some people with autism may use a variety of communication methods within the same conversation, for example speaking while also using a tablet or pictures. No matter the method, the goal is effective communication.
This information was developed by the Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training Collaborative (ASERT). For more information, please contact ASERT at 877-231-4244 or info@PAautism.org. ASERT is funded by the Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations, PA Department of Human Services.