Last reviewed on 17 December 2020
We are all having to change the way we do things because of coronavirus (COVID-19) and adjust to many stresses.
If you’re looking after a child or young person with an autistic spectrum condition and/or a learning disability, the changes in routine due to increased hand washing, social distancing and disruption to school life may create additional stress.
We hope you find the advice below useful for your family. You can find details of the current COVID-19 guidance on the UK Government website.
How to explain what is happening
There are lots of resources available to help you talk to your child about coronavirus. We’ve put together some general tips for parents and carers and you might also find the following links useful:
How to manage disruption to routine
Many children and young people are experiencing disruption to their school routine. Even if your child can still attend school, they might be taught at a different site or by unfamiliar teachers. Having a new school routine may be confusing and challenging for your child. To help with this:
How to cope with changes to your child’s food
Unfortunately, you might not be able to get hold of your child’s favourite food or preferred brand at the moment. Here are some tips to manage this:
How to support your child with social distancing and self-isolation
Some children will really miss their friends and other people they see regularly. Others, such as some children on the autistic spectrum, may find it a relief. You might find it useful to:
How to stay positive
Good things often come out of difficult situations so try to stay positive. For example, this could be a time to:
If you’re feeling anxious, stressed, sad or having trouble sleeping, find out how Good Thinking can support you by recommending NHS-approved apps. Listen to our podcasts with Michael Farquhar (sleep), Janet Wingrove (mindfulness), Annie Mullins OBE (online communities) and Paula Ludley (supporting the whole family).
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