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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We have all been preoccupied with the coronavirus pandemic, but how can we not be. It still is a month during which we acknowledge and bring awareness to the nature of Autism. For those with families where you have a child with this diagnosis, there are indeed ways in which we can more effectively cope in day-to-day life. So many have told me that it is just too hard to schedule appointments, or that they are overwhelmed and having trouble working. Temple Grandin https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temple_Grandin has some thoughts that I felt might help others. I hope that it does and welcome your comments about what enables you to get through this challenging time. Please share…
Some have voiced online concern about what will happen to their child when school is closed. So that you can plan, an option may be teletherapy.
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If you are a New York State resident receiving speech-language pathology or audiology services in New York State, your Speech-Language Pathologist or Audiologist must be licensed in New York State.speech- pathology or audiology services in this State, as long as such services are performed for no more than thirty (30) days in any calendar year and provided that such services are performed in conjunction with and/or under the supervision of Speech-Language Pathologist or Audiologist licensed under Article 159 of the New York State Education Law.
(a) An insurer shall not exclude from coverage a service that is otherwise covered under a policy that provides comprehensive coverage for hospital, medical or surgical care because the service is delivered via telehealth, as that term is defined in subsection (b) of this section; provided, however, that an insurer may exclude from coverage a service by a health care provider where the provider is not otherwise covered under the policy. An insurer may subject the coverage of a service delivered via telehealth to co-payments, coinsurance or deductibles provided that they are at least as favorable to the insured as those established for the same service when not delivered via telehealth. An insurer may subject the coverage of a service delivered via telehealth to reasonable utilization management and quality assurance requirements that are consistent with those established for the same service when not delivered via telehealth.(b) For purposes of this section, “telehealth” means the use of electronic information and communication technologies by a health care provider to deliver health care services to an insured individual while such individual is located at a site that is different from the site where the health care provider is located.
Sometimes same events re-occur. Years ago, families had rules about the use of television with children and now things have gotten more complex with the emergence of social media, smartphones, and computers for example.
The Family Media Plan-published by the American Academy of Pediatrics talks about the fact that at the age of fifteen months, the use of media is okay so long as a parent watches with the toddler. The controversy around this area is a fascinating one that should be considered by parents and caregivers. In visiting homes it becomes apparent that there are varying opinions and reasons for or against its use being voiced. Research about the use of technology is telling us more and more. The fact that it is showing that there is an influence on brain development is not surprising. How does this affect your children and parenting style around this issue?
Screen Use Tied to Children’s Brain Development
In a study, preschoolers who used screens less had better language skills.
So frustrating… your child enters the world and you are not aware of the hand that you will be dealt with. You have a child – a wonderful child whom you love so much – but they have a different style of functioning. They may respond to the world differently. They may need accommodations in school so that they have an untimed exam. They may need related services such as Speech Therapy and/or a paraprofessional to provide support in the “least restrictive environment least restrictive environment
Your child is evaluated to determine what needs they may or may not have. You go to your local school district office to discuss the plan based on these reports and an Individual Education Plan is developed. The law states that you have rights as a parent to both participate and agree or disagree to an outlined plan for your child. I am not a special education advocate, but I work with children of different ages. Part of my work involves assisting parents with written reports to present at IEP meetings/CPSE meetings and speaking with professionals in terms of suggesting supports from which those whose skills I have evaluated may benefit.