How are children with autism and special needs coping during the COVID-19 pandemic?

      • Sector News
    • 18.10.20

    National charity, Autism Spectrum, has published an insightful article that highlights the main coping strategies used by children with autism and special needs during COVID-19.

    The pandemic has thrown up new challenges for families, including changes in routine, loss of support, reduction in social interaction and COVID-19 itself. Coping strategies include establishing a daily routine, spending time alone and engaging in distracting activities. 

    Coping strategies used by children  
    Most effective Least effective 

    42% established a daily routine 
    37% spent time alone
    34% engaged in distracting activities 

    66% used aggression
    66% tried to change the way a child thinks about the situation
    65% suppressed negative emotions 

     

    Autism spectrum: Top concerns and coping strategies during COVID-19

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