UPDATED! "We are all in this together"
Center Director Geraldine Dawson, PhD., provides an update on how the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development continues advocating, researching, connecting, and serving families during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to listen to her message.
Is your child diagnosed with ADHD, ASD, or both?
Provide your child with information: Help your child understand what has changed and explain it in a way that works for them.
- Wake County Public School System - Social stories for Special Education Students focus on wearing a face covering, social distancing and hand washing.
- Autism & Covid-19: Teaching the rules in this new norm - Autism Society of NC webinars
- Coronavirus Social Story (via Easter Seals)
- Good Steps to Washing Your Hands- visual support (CDC)
- Learn about the Corona Virus - Coloring Book (St. Jude Children's Research Hospital)
- Don't Share Your Germs: Social Story About Staying Healthy (ASNC)
- Everyone Gets Sick Sometimes: Flu Teaching Story (Autism Speaks)
- Dealing with COVID-19 Resources with Visual Supports for Special Educators, Therapists, and Families of Individuals with Developmental Disabilities
Provide your child with structure: Try to make a plan for each day.
- What to do when your routine is disrupted (includes self-care tips for parents)
- Tips for working from home with kids during COVID-19
- Working and learning from home during the COVID-19 outbreak
Simple Activities for Children and Adolescents
Provide your child with what is important to them: What does your child really like and what is important to them?
- Six steps to follow the child’s lead
- A parent’s guide to surviving COVID-19: 8 strategies to keep children happy and healthy
FOR PARENTS & CAREGIVERS:
- Online ESDM parent-coaching program for parents of young children with ASD
- Talking to children about Coronavirus (CDC)
- Helping Children cope with the Chaos and Uncertainty of Coronavirus (via The Washington Post)
- How to talk to your child with ASD about frightening situations (Autism Speaks)
- Zero to Three: Tips for Families: Coronavirus
- Give an Hour: Talking with your Kids Fact Sheet
- Maintaining your emotional well being
- Seven crucial research findings that can help people deal with COVID-19
- Taking Care of Yourself
- For those seeking mental and behavioral health supports in NC, the NCDHHS released its COVID-19 Community Readiness toolkit that includes resources for a variety of mental health needs, including for parents engaging in online-school, family-based needs, and resources for those within the I/DD community.
- ASA Mental Health Resources with tips related to isolation and anxiety
- ASA National Hotline
- Autism Society of NC COVID-19 Resources
- Mental Health America Self-Help Tools
- SAMHSA: Coping with Stress during Infectious Disease Outbreaks
- Mental Health and Coping during COVID-19
- Supporting Adults with Autism Through Uncertain Times: Companion Guide (via AFIRM)
- In a "One Question, One Minute" mini video, Duke Global Health Institute's Lauren Franz says people with autism have lost resources during the pandemic, especially in low-income communities
- Coronavirus Information Series: “ASD Diagnosis during COVID-19 & Telehealth” with Geri Dawson
- National Council on Severe Autism Resources for Families
- Autism Society of America COVID-19 resources and webinars
- What Should the Autism Community Know about COVID-19 (via Autism Speaks)
- North Carolina Medicaid Division of Health Benefits: Special Bulletin on Temporary Policy Modifications due to COVID-19
- AFIRM COVID-19 Toolkit: Supporting Individuals with Autism through Uncertain Times (available in different languages)