Support for people with autism

Some people with autism will be finding the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak stressful and may be worried about getting the virus or changes that might happen because of it, including staying at home more. There are ways you can take care of yourself and prevent spreading the virus.
Understand what is happening
Keep up to date with information about COVID-19 from sources you can trust, such as the NHS website.
Plan to keep mentally well
Think about how you can adjust your routines to staying at home and keep doing the things you would usually do to keep well. That might include eating food you enjoy, finding ways to keep doing your hobbies and interests online and getting exercise, once a day in your home or outside if you can. You know what strategies have helped you in difficult situations in the past, so use them again now.

If you have support from others, plan with them how you can remain well and relaxed. There are also other things you can do to help to manage your emotions if you feel you are losing control, such as:

• keeping a diary
• learning relaxation techniques
• creating a plan with your carer for when you feeling anxious

Get help if you are struggling
Hearing about COVID-19, and the changes it causes in your daily life, might make you feel like you don’t have control, or make you worried or scared about your health. These feelings are common. Try to speak to someone you trust such as a friend, family member or supporter.

If you do become unwell and need medical treatment, share your hospital passport or autism diagnosis so staff know the best way to support you. You may find it helpful to create an autism passport. It can be filled in easily and presented in any situation, to social, health or employment professionals.

If you are still feeling worried and want more help, the National Autistic Society website provides advice, guidance and support as well as information about local and national services here>

In addition to the advice above, if you are supporting a person with autism, bear in mind they may struggle to identify physical symptoms of COVID-19, as well as having difficulty talking about the emotions it creates. Try to be aware of changes in behaviour that may help you to identify their emotional state, as well as physical symptoms.

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