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.
This resource contains information from the first PA Gathering including a recording of the presentations and discussions, copies of the presentations and additional resources to supplement the topic.
Recording of the discussion from April 1, 2021 covering the topics of Health, Wellness and Well-Being. The gathering was hosted by Thomas Hassell and Mike Bomberger, with presentations by Dr. Nathan Geyer and Dr. Nicholas DeMarco. Links to their presentations are included below.
Well-being can be described as judging life positively and feeling good.
Health is more than the absence of disease; it is a resource that allows people to realize their aspirations, satisfy their needs and to cope with the environment in order to live a long, productive, and fruitful life.
Health enables social, economic and personal development fundamental to well-being.
1.Low Participation in education beyond high school
2.High rates of unemployment or under-employment
3.High rate of living with family
4.Low rate of maintaining friendships
5.High rates of medical comorbidities
6.Low rates of obtaining a driver’s license
• Establish a daily or weekly schedule- Start small with changes
• Maintain a consistent sleep schedule
• Engage in exercise or some type of physical activity daily
• Keep consistent mealtimes
• Engage in self-care time
Checking Your Battery Life
Remain present or in the moment
Choose an activity to do mindfully throughout the day
Hi 5 Breathing
The Stop Sign
The following PDF contains information and data from studies and the Pennsylvania Autism Needs Assessment, specific to physical health and wellbeing for individuals with autism.
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.View Resource
This video is designed to support families and caregivers as they transition a loved one with autism back into the community.View Resource
This video provides information for individuals on how to advocate for themselves to get their healthcare needs met.View Resource
This presentation provides information about sleep hygiene, the importance of sleep, and tips for developing good nighttime sleep habits.View Resource
Watch this webinar to understand the benefits or quality sleep and for tips on getting proper sleep.View Resource
This resource, developed by ASERT, provides information and tips for dealing with stress.View Resource
This is a collection of resources from various sources on the topic of mental health for individuals with autism. Topics range from general mental health resources to anxiety, depression, behavioral concerns, services and assessment, psychopharmacology, and crisis intervention.View Resource
This collection of resources provides information for a wide range of individuals on different mental health conditions that individuals with autism may experience, as well as treatment options, and how to support individuals.View Resource
This video provides information about COVID-19 fatigue and how to maintain your mental health during the ongoing global pandemic.View Resource
In this video, tips and strategies are provided for families/caregivers on wellness and mindfulness techniques.View Resource
This video provides information on how to maintain your mental health and overall well being while socially distancing and being isolated from friends and family due to COVID-19.View Resource
This social story reviews ways to cope with isolation during the Covid-19 pandemic.View Resource
This resource, developed by ASERT, provides a checklist of activities that can be done to help maintain your mental health and well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic.View Resource
|Prospectives on Health and Well Being||Dr. Geyer's presentation||Download file: Prospectives on Health and Well Being|
|COVID 19 and Stress Reduction||Dr. DeMarco's presentation||Download file: COVID 19 and Stress Reduction|
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.