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How to Explain and Help Your Child Manage the COVID-19 Crisis

June 16, 2020

Some children with autism spectrum disorder and sensory processing difficulties experience such strong anxiety that they struggle to participate in certain outings or activities. Social narratives provide a blueprint to explain new experiences and decrease the anxiety around unfamiliar or potentially overwhelming events. The story uses images to explain what your child may encounter, so your child knows what to expect and can feel prepared for difficult moments.

During the COVID-19 crisis, children with autism, children with special needs and even children with typical needs are facing many new experiences that could be upsetting. This narrative explains what is going on, why these changes are occurring and how your child can help everyone stay safe. You can print a copy of this narrative to share with your child, or you can read it together on a computer.