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.
The stay-at-home order may have significantly impacted daily routines for your loved one. They may have had staff changes and daily activities (work, volunteering, day program, etc.) may have stopped altogether. It will take time for programs to resume as they used to. Your family maybe may be wanting to chat with their support staff and friends and have to attend appointments via telehealth. How you can help your loved one engage some of their activities, even though they are staying at home while doing them? The following guide shares some tips to engaging with the community from home.
Telehealth, or using phone and video calls to receive medical and other services, is helping to provide supports to individuals and families at home. It may be challenging to meet a new support provider over video conference, but there are a couple things you can do to make the first meeting go as smoothly as possible:
Stay in contact with support staff, support coordinators, and others through the phone or video calls (FaceTime, Zoom, Google Hangout, Skype, etc.)
Many workplaces, organizations, and day programs may stay closed for a while and reopen in phases.