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Autism – Supporting Individuals with Autism Through Uncertain Times

The past few weeks have been stressful and full of changes— from loss of social connections, interrupted routines, to fears and rumors spreading faster than COVID-19 itself. People with autism may need more support to understand news, process their feelings, and adapt to changes.

Some autistic individuals face challenges with comprehension, communication and understanding abstract language, an insistence on sameness, and a greater likelihood of depression and anxiety. These stressful times can increase the likelihood of these challenges.

People with autism have unique strengths and differing abilities. It is best to use each person’s strengths and abilities to help them cope with these changes. When possible, the person with autism should have a say in which strategies to use and what would be most helpful.

For more information, and specific examples and ready-to-use materials, please visit Autism Focused Intervention Resources & Modules (AFIRM).