We’ve shared below links to existing resources and some helpful approaches for PDAers, plus a list of free resources that are available whilst we’re all at home social distancing or self-isolating.
We’ll keep updating this page with additional information, ideas and resources – and please do let us know if you have other tips or links to share …
Tips on talking with children about coronavirus
These ideas may need a little PDA adaptation (see below for further ideas on this) …
- Talking to kids about coronavirus – Child Mind Institute
- Covid-19 and Autism – how to help autistic young people manage anxiety – Dr Theresa Kidd
- Beacon School’s newsletter – how to talk to children about coronavirus
- Social Workers Toolbox – guide for parents/carers and cartoon book about coronavirus
- Autism and coronavirus: Advice for parents by blogger Rosie Weldon
- Free coronavirus social story by The Autism Educator and another one from Carol Gray
- Helping autistic students understand coronavirus using visual strategies – Linda Hodgdon
- Coronavirus story for children – Elsa Support
- Dave the Dog is worried about coronavirus by Nurse Dotty Books – a book for children about coronavirus that aims to give information without fear.
Links for autistic adults
Other useful links
- The science of soap – how it kills coronavirus – The Guardian
- How families can cope with self-isolating together – BBC News
- The National Autistic Society’s website information about Coronavirus.
- Beating the Virus by Beyond Words – a short wordless story to help people understand what to do if you have Coronavirus and how to keep yourself and those who you care about safe.
- Dimensions has shared easy read information and social stories about coronavirus.
Helpful approaches with PDA during the coronavirus outbreak
ARFID – Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder
If you or your child is only able to eat safe foods, ARFID Awareness UK has made letters available to help explain this and request exemption from restrictions on purchase quantities of these items.
Resources and other useful links
- List of free resources and other useful links that are available whilst we’re all at home social distancing or self-isolating.
- We’ve made our PDA Alert Cards and PDA Awareness Cards available to print at home whilst sales and postage of our merchandise and literature are temporarily suspended. Once printed, the cards can be cut out and folded in half.
Other thoughts …
- Maintaining contact with the outside world will be important for everyone during this period of social distancing and self-isolation – fortunately there are lots of ways to keep in touch and maintain a sense of community using modern technology.
- Likewise, there may be opportunities for home and online working which may suit some autistic people well.
- Do let us know if you have other tips or links to share with our PDA community!