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.
COVID-19 has changed many aspects of everyday life. Given the rapid nature of the virus’ spread, it’s a good idea to plan ahead. This resource will offer some tips to help individuals and families prepare.
Before you get sick you’ll want to create a plan. This plan should include all of your available supports and resources including who will care for your children (or pets), what you will do to care for yourself, and emergency contact information for first responders. Individuals with autism often struggle with unexpected changes in routine so your care plan should take that into consideration. Identify people who can come to your home rather than moving the child to help reduce the amount of changes in their routine.
Some individuals with autism may not understand the precautions and guidelines that have been put in place. Keeping areas of your home that are touched frequently clean and sanitized can help reduce your family’s risk of infection. It is also important to monitor individuals for unsanitary behaviors (touching face, not frequently cleaning their hands). Try making hand washing and sanitizing a part of the routine to provide them some type of structure by creating a consistent schedule for hand washing and sanitizing.
Social distancing has been recommended to help stop the spread of COVID-19. While this can be very hard to do, here are some tips to help you get
We can still keep in contact with friends and family while we have to practice social distancing. Video chat, text, and call the people closest to you. Having regular contact with people can help you feel less alone.
It can be challenging to have a lot of free time. Try to create a schedule for yourself and stick to it. Having a routine in place can help you make use of your time that is meaningful to you. A schedule can also help decrease anxiety.
Things like eating healthy, taking your medication, and keeping up on cleaning are all important things to continue to do. Try to do some exercise, like stretching at home or going for a walk in your neighborhood. A few minutes of exercise can improve your mood and keep your body healthy.
Make a list of things that you do that help calm you down. Some examples might be re-watching your favorite shows, reading your favorite books, or doing yoga. Your daily routine should include activities that help you feel relaxed.
It is good to keep up on current events and to know the facts about COVID-19. There is a lot of untrue news, especially on social media. Check to make sure that what you are reading is from a trusted news source. Limiting how often you check the news to just once or twice a day can also help reduce anxiety.
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