This tip sheet is designed to provide support and guidance for caregivers when talking about COVID-19 with their children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
THE BENEFITS OF TALKING TO YOUR CHILD ABOUT COVID-19
It’s likely that your child has noticed changes in their routines caused by the spread of COVID-19. They will also hear things, in conversations or media coverage, about the pandemic. It is important to talk to your children about these issues.
Caregivers can play an important role in helping children make sense of what they hear. People fear what they don’t understand and explaining things in an honest but calm manner can go a long way to help your child regulate their own reactions. Helping them understand the changes, and process their related feelings, can make this process easier for everyone.
Individuals with autism may need additional support to process the news and adapt to the many changes they are facing. Understanding the consequences of infection can make them more able, or willing, to engage in isolation activities and hygiene practices that can slow the spread of infection.