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This unprecedented period of change and disruption is very difficult for many autistic people and families. We have created some tips that we hope will help you. Remember it’s not forever and there are lots of things you can do that may make things easier.

We have created some handy tips to help you during this time of uncertainty.

Top tips for autistic adults

Step 1: Give yourself time to absorb and process each piece of news; try only check the news at a few set points a day to stop yourself becoming overwhelmed

Step 2: Create a new schedule for yourself – include time for eating, resting and fun 

Step 3: Let people know how you would like to stay in contact during the lock down and your preferred method of communication

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Top tips for families

Step 1: Support your autistic family member to understand the changes

Step 2: Put in structure, support and new routines to manage anxiety

Step 3: Focus on activities and learning to keep things positive

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Top tips for wearing a face covering

Tip 1: Adjust to wearing a mask by starting off with fun things – science experiments, cooking or just as a game.  Look at some fictional or computer game characters who wear masks.

Tip 2: Try wearing a few different types of masks or face coverings before you have to wear one for real, and practise wearing one and "building up" your tolerance. There are different shapes and types of material and you might find some more comfortable than others.  Cloth masks may be better than paper ones and have "edging" that is softer and may be more tolerable.

Tip 3: Put your mask in your pocket/bag/purse at the start of the day, or place it somewhere obvious so you don't forget to take it with you.  Make it a familiar and comfortable item rather than something awkward and different.