Originally published April 4, 2020, on Jepsonfiles.com
Hi again, everybody.
April is Autism Awareness Month.
It is such an unusual and challenging time for everybody during the Coronavirus pandemic.
But for people with autism, there are some unique difficulties.
Here is my top ten things to do to help.
- Talk to us about what is happening.
We can hear the news and your conversations, so don’t be afraid to tell us the truth.
- Give us a chance to communicate our words or feelings in whatever way we can.
That might be speaking, writing, or through music or art.
We need to talk about it too.
- Keep us informed about schools or day programs as soon as you learn about changes to the schedule.
I can deal with schedule changes way better in advance than last-minute.
- Try creating a schedule at home each day.
That helps lessen anxiety.
- Do fun things together.
We need to see you laugh, even if it’s harder for us to do so.
- Be kind and generous to those who are struggling and lonely.
We know how they feel.
- Express love to your family.
Because they deserve it and you never know how many chances you’ll have.
- Stay connected to teachers and caregivers who aren’t working right now.
They are important pieces in our lives and we miss them.
- Help us go outside and stay active.
Sunlight is important to brighten our day both physically and emotionally.
- Most importantly, stay safe.
We need you and we love you.
We can’t survive without you, our families and caregivers.
God bless you all for everything that you do every day.