Unfortunately, the issues connected with those experiencing symptoms of Autism this period of a pandemic may be extra-challenging. In this last weekend of Autism Awareness Month, I had some suggestions for families in terms of managing this stressful time with your special needs child or even an adult. Information about Support for Individuals with ASD: Coping with Family and Virtual Interactions During COVID-19 may be helpful to peruse: https://www.autism.org/covid-19-resources/https://www.autism.org/covid-19-resources/
The symptoms of COVID 19 may be different in children in that they might be milder. That said it’s a good idea to be familiar with them. In children with COVID‐19 J Med Virol. 2020 Mar 31. doi: 10.1002/jmv.25807. [Epub ahead of print] She J1, Liu L2,3, Liu W1,2,3 the following symptoms were reported in children
fever and cough are the most common clinical manifestations, with some accompanied by fatigue, body aches,
For those of you reading this who may benefit from visuals about this topic, the following video link regarding the symptoms of the virus in kids is available at HEALTH.COM
With challenges in the economy, face masks are easy to make on your own with materials for which you don’t have to get outside.
My wishes and hope for safety as we work through this period…..
How do you explain COVID19 to your kids? I’ve been trying to find a resource to share. It’s not so much an issue of explaining the basics of why they are home from school and unable to see their friends; but an issue of perhaps …empowering them with knowledge about how to practice self-care. The visuals and sign language used in this also lend themselves to those with hearing deficits or special needs for use of very simplified language.
If you as a parent of a special needs or non-special needs child/children need help here is a meaningful resources about services available in the community as you deal with that person in need of basic guidance in self care. FJYPB-Covid-19-Resource-27.03.2020 (1)
The speech-language pathologist in me would be remiss if I did not note our new language of COVID 19 (literally) which was shared by a friend of mine for those fluent in musical notation. For older children who may be musically inclined and not attending classes, can they figure out the rhythm to these words? Can they explain their meaning?
Aside from the concrete information noted above – it’s so obvious that our world has changed. I heard yesterday that birds actually sing more loudly when it is quieter outside. The air in the urban setting is cleaner without the sounds of the city htps://www.soundsnap.com/tags/street_fair/youtu.be/0Rey6Vr_vAc or one that I remember even from childhood that remains as the driver of the truck goes by or sits outside of the park. https://youtu.be/zzodaDCD798 Perhaps hearing this sound will bring a smile to your face.
In an age with so much sickness and heightened stress, don’t forget to stay healthy. Forgetting about maintaining health in the area of nutrition should not be forgotten. The adage of “you are what you eat” can not be understated.
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