Supporting the Mental Health of Autistic Individuals during COVID-19 Times Part 4
By: Dr. Jonathan Weiss & Paula Tablon Modica
Beyond reducing stressors and increasing capabilities that we discussed in the past few blog posts, it’s important that we consider how we explain what is going on, to ourselves and to others. The recommendations in the table below include principles about the different ways to share knowledge with others, acknowledge our situations and see the bigger picture.
This pandemic has been disruptive and has forced many to adapt to changes, and some people will face profound loss. Understanding and adding perspective to our experiences in these situations can make coping during uncertain times more manageable and improve well-being. This period of time has also been an invitation to slow down and reflect on our values, purpose and how we can make our world better.
|Changing the meaning|
|Share knowledge||Think about how to discuss COVID-19 in a safe, understandable and simple way. There are many different types communication and ways of communicating:
|Acknowledge our situations||
|Bigger picture meaning||
|1 About Kids Health (SickKids) – Supporting your child with a neurodevelopmental disorder through the COVID-19 crisis
2 Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism – TPGA’s Resources for COVID-19 Times
3 Gigi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Centers – What you need to know about the Coronavirus
4 Autism Ontario – List of Resources to Help Us Through COVID-19 (Caregiver Tips: on How to talk about COVID-19)
5 Hume, K. & University of North Carolina Drank Porter Graham Child Developmental Institute Autism Team, AFIRM – Supporting Individuals with Autism through Uncertain Times
6 Books Beyond Words – Good Days and Bad Days During Lockdown
7 Autistics For Autistics (A4A) Ontario – COVID-19 Resources for Autistic People
8 Fulmer, R., Northwestern Family institute – Strategies for Coping with Isolation and Loneliness During the Coronavirus Pandemic
9 Brown & Kessler, Unlocking Us Podcast – David Kessler and Brené on Grief and Finding Meaning
10 Autistica – Coping with the uncertainty of the Coronavirus
11 Flett, York University Research & Innovation – Mattering is a vital support for people during COVID-19 pandemic
12 Council for Intellectual Disability – Look after your mental health during Coronavirus
In reviewing the ways recommendations have centred on changing our meaning of our current situation, what are 3 ways that you could adjust how you see your situation?
If you missed the other parts of our COVID-19 series, check them out here:
Part 1: Supporting the Mental Health of Autistic Individuals during COVID-19 Times
Part 2: How to Reduce Demands during COVID-19
Part 3: How to Increase Capabilities during COVID-19
Want to read more on COVID-19 strategies? Check out these compilations of recommendations (many of which have been linked throughout our COVID-19 series):
If we are missing other resource compilations related to autism, please email Paula at email@example.com.