Coping with Covid-19

Surviving the effects COVID-19 has on our children

The anxiety of not knowing how the rest of this year, or 2021 will play out, is prevalent in most of the population at the moment. Take a minute to think about what thoughts might be running through the mind of a person with ASC. The knowledge that people die from this virus is frightening enough to most, what thoughts might generate in someone with ASC?

Still struggling to understand, let the students tell you their worries?

“I am really worried about my Grandad and Grandma getting it and dying”
“I have a vulnerable Auntie and I worry about giving it to her”

Covid-19 is playing havoc with the feelings and anxieties of ASC students and we need to look at how we can help alleviate some of those fears.

Here are our top 5 tips for ‘surviving’ COVID-19

1. Stick to routine where possible, even if isolating still get up at the same time, eat at the same time etc.

2. Exercise, plan a walk or a bike ride, being outdoors is the safest place to be, make sure your child knows this and encourage daily exercise. If you can’t go outside due to self - isolating then take a look at these options to keep active. One of our favourites is Joe Wickes, he covers all abilities and ages. Maybe you could do one of his sessions as a family. Another good site to look at is Gym-free exercises - https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/gym-free-exercises/

3. Discuss COVID -19 with your child, be clear direct and honest with the facts. Newsround is a great way to let them see what is going on in the world. https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround

4. Eat healthy, we all know the benefits of healthy eating. It is way too easy to snack on sugary/high fat foods when at home all day. https://www.nhs.uk/change4life

5. Social stories, what is a social story?
‘Social Stories were devised as a tool to help individuals with ASD better understand the nuances of interpersonal communication so that they could "interact in an effective and appropriate manner". Wikipedia

Social stories use words and/or images to explain specific behaviours, social interactions, concepts, or skills. COVID-19 is a great example of a situation when a story could be used. If you need any help with these please drop us an email and we can support you with some stories.

COVID-19 may not be following a schedule but we can try our hardest to make sure the daily routine we follow or implement is understood and solid. If you have any concerns please do not hesitate to contact Mr Barry for 9BB & 8HB or Miss Copp for 4DA.