The coronavirus outbreak is having an impact on everybody’s life. Social distancing means that most events are cancelled, schools are closed, and people must work from home when they can.

This is hard for everyone, but we know that for some autistic people of all ages these things could trigger intense stress and lead to a meltdown or a shut down.

Therefore, we have collected a series of useful resources that autistic people and their families can use during this time of changes.

Resources for autistic people of all ages

Explain changes

Social stories - Carol Gray has created one about coronavirus.

We have also created one about keeping healthy.
More about social stories can be found here.

Guidance with visual supports

Social distancing

Guide to staying at home

Make a new daily schedule

We know it is important to many autistic people to have a daily routine and we have created a template you can use to schedule your daily activities here.

Keep children entertained

Sensory Stuck at Home is a Facebook page where parents of autistic children share ideas of activities to do in the house.

Manage anxiety

Visit the NHS page “Every Minds Matter” to find out how to take care of your mental health during the lockdown.

Mind has created some helpful information about well-being during this unprecedented time of change.

Watch some interactive mindfulness videos.

With the help of the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust the National Autistic Society have created a guidance about Managing anxiety in children and young people on the autism spectrum, you can download a copy here.

Activities to do at home with your family

Keep exercising

Onthis page you can find movement and mindfulness videos to keep you children active.

Visit this NHS page to pick from 24 instructor-led videos across aerobics exercise, strength and resistance, pilates and yoga categories.

Virtual tours

This website allows you to visit museums from the comfort of your home.

More Virtual activities.

Things to do indoors

Ideas for what to do with autistic children who are stuck at home 

Ideas to keep children busy 

Indoors activities from The Scouts

Swansea Branch's Pinterest Account - lots of great resources on topics ranging from gardening to science to Pokemon 

You can download this book free of cost and make staying indoors fun and use the time to help yourself and others. 

Resources about coranavirus and how to deal with it

Autistica - Coping with Uncertainty

Social story to help Autistic children/adults

Purple Ella video about how to deal with coronavirus

Children friendly coronavirus social animation

Coronavirus and anxiety advice

More coronavirus and anxiety advice

Mental health and coronavirus

Coronavirus tips

Advice for families re. how to support children who have learning disabilities and/or autism while isolating

Social story to help autistic children

Resources about the impact of coronavirus on schools and services

The National Autistic Society 

FAQs on the how the COVID-19 measures will affect children and young people with special educational needs

Emergency info for Carers

SEND School Closure Home Learning Resource Pack