World Autism Awareness Day: Dealing with the transition to social isolation
It’s ‘World Autism Awareness Day’ today! To celebrate, we will be sharing several posts today relating to either this year’s theme of ‘The Transition to Adulthood’, sharing experiences from parents and also how to support children and young people with Autism during the current Coronavirus situation.
Many children with autism struggle to cope with changes in routine and can become very anxious when they don’t understand or know what is going to happen next. This is especially the case during this unpredictable time when everyone is trying to adapt to new routines. If you are a parent finding this difficult to navigate, then you’re not alone.
Don’t worry though – there are lots of things that can help with the transition as highlighted by Christine McGuinness (who has 3 children that have autism) in her recent interview on This Morning on ITV.
We’ve been working closely with our families and schools to help them to support children who struggle with change in lots of different ways. From maintaining regular contact with the children through using teletherapy (SLT therapy via a web video call) to providing resource packs with lots of activities to do at home and providing Visual Schedules, Visual Calendars and Social Stories. We have been delighted with the feedback from our schools and families about how these have helped.
If you support a child that needs help to understand this period of change, please don’t hesitate to let us know. We can work with you to provide teletherapy, useful information and personalised resources – including Visual Schedules, Visual Calendars and Social Stories.
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If your child needs help with their speech, language or communication or you’re a school that would like to discuss how we could help by providing an SLT service – we’d love to here from you!
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