How are children with autism and special needs coping during the COVID-19 pandemic?

      • Sector News
    • 18.10.20

    National charity, Autism Spectrum, has published an insightful article that highlights the main coping strategies used by children with autism and special needs during COVID-19.

    The pandemic has thrown up new challenges for families, including changes in routine, loss of support, reduction in social interaction and COVID-19 itself. Coping strategies include establishing a daily routine, spending time alone and engaging in distracting activities. 

    Coping strategies used by children  
    Most effective Least effective 

    42% established a daily routine 
    37% spent time alone
    34% engaged in distracting activities 

    66% used aggression
    66% tried to change the way a child thinks about the situation
    65% suppressed negative emotions 

     

    Autism spectrum: Top concerns and coping strategies during COVID-19

    Maybo perspective

    • This has been an incredibly challenging and anxious time, with adults and children across the world having to react to the confusing, stressful and sometimes frightening coronavirus.
    • Levels of worry, bewilderment and sadness are to be expected and early recognition and support of these emotions can help to prevent stress and trauma manifesting.
    • Maybo delivers training online via eLearning and interactive virtual classrooms, which can be beneficial for people who are unable to access training and support during the pandemic.
    • Our courses help parents, carers and staff provide positive approaches to behaviour management and support. Our eLearning courses include:
    • Positive approaches to behaviour and de-escalation: click here
    • Positive behaviour support: click here
    • Trauma-informed approaches: click here

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