How to Communicate to your Child about the Coronavirus and spread of COVID-19

The coronavirus and the spread of COVID-19 has had a significant impact on everyone in our community. People in the autism community have been particularly impacted with schools being closed, limited access to necessary therapies, being out of routine and a lot of uncertainty about the near and distant future. We have collected information regarding how to communicate to your child regarding the coronavirus as well as some other helpful information. Links are provided below. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list. If you have additional resources and information, please leave in the comment section below. Plain and direct language description of coronavirus with visuals: Green Mountain Advocates A Social Story written by Carol Gray about pandemics and the coronavirus: carolgraysocialstories.com How to explain a global health crisis to children with autism: Psychology Today How to help when your child’s routine is disrupted: themighty.com Tips to help kids cope with social distancing: casenews.fiu.edu An article published on the Children’s blog about helping kids and teens cope with anxiety about the coronavirus: https://pulse.seattlechildrens.org