The COVID-19 situation is causing frequent and significant changes in our daily lives. The uncertainty is unsettling for us all. On a positive note, there are many services who are creating and sharing very useful resources to help. We have compiled a list of them here.
To stay up to date with the most recent advice, we recommend that you visit the following websites:
Looking after your own wellbeing
The Australian Psychological Society has developed some information sheets that provide strategies which can help both adults and children cope with the stress or anxiety experienced as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. They can be accessed here
For parents supporting children on the spectrum
Andrew Whitehouse and the CliniKids team at Telethon Kids Institute have developed some short videos with tips to assist parents who are supporting children on the spectrum during this challenging time. Watch the developing series here
Carol Gray is writing a series of social stories specifically about the pandemic. Read her stories here
The Raising Children Network has straightforward information about COVID-19 (coronavirus) and practical advice for families. Follow this link
The Australian Coalition for Inclusive Education (ACIE) have developed a Learning at Home During a Time of Crisis resource which can be accessed here.
Amanda Webster, a senior lecturer of autism and inclusive education, University of Wollongong has published an article via SBS Insight on 5 tips to help parents navigate the unique needs of children with autism learning from home. The page can be accessed here.
Richard Delorme, head of the Center of Excellence for Autism Spectrum Disorders and Neurodevelopmental Disorders at Robert Debré Hospital in Paris and Benjamin Landman, chief resident at the center have created more than 30 instructional modules designed to provide resources, counsel, information, lessons, schedules and overall aid to families confined to their homes. The modules were published via the website www.spectrumnews.org – “Coronavirus tool kit may aid families with autistic children during lockdown” which is available here.
Health and hygiene
These 30 minute eLearning modules about Infection Control may be useful for support workers or carers who may need to have close physical contact with other people:
- The Australian Government Department of Health has partnered with Aspen Medical who has developed this COVID-19 Infection Control training. This is for care workers in all settings. It covers the fundamentals of infection prevention and control for COVID-19
- Disability Services Consulting have developed an online course called “Supporting People to Stay Infection Free“. This 30 minute module is an early release from their upcoming support worker training suite and goes through some theory and lots of practical strategies for preventing and controlling infections.
Recommendations for managing masks and COVID-19 tests
This article from the Harvard Medical School discusses the challenges people on the autism spectrum may experience with wearing masks and having COVID-19 tests and offers practical solutions. For the full article follow this link