Disruptions to our personal and professional lives, schedule changes, and school closings present unique challenges individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. In these challenging times, we are sensitive to the needs of these individuals and their families. To help, we have compiled these resources aimed at reducing anxiety and restoring a sense of routine during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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COVID-19 Webinars You Can Watch Now
Talking to kids about changing schedules, altered plans, and disruption during COVID-19
Amanda Tami, LPC, BCBA, holds a master’s degree in counseling psychology and has completed a recertification program in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). In addition to being a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Amanda is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She has experience working with both children and adults, including those who have autism spectrum and other pervasive developmental disorders, ADD/ADHD, anxiety issues, and trauma, both as a BCBA and as a counselor. On April 30th, she will join us to discuss ideas for providing compassionate support to individuals on the autism spectrum who are experiencing disruptions and anxiety related to the virus and its impact.
Support for Individuals with ASD: Coping with Family and Virtual Interactions During COVID-19
Emotional Support for Families during COVID-19
Anxiety, Autism: Five Prime Suspects – with tips for coping at home during COVID-19
Christopher Lynch, Ph.D., is a child psychologist who specializes in stress and anxiety management for children and teens who are on the Autism Spectrum. He is currently the Director of the Pediatric Behavioral Medicine Department at Goryeb Children’s Hospital, where he developed the Aspirations life management program. In this webinar, Dr. Lynch explains the major underlying causes of anxiety, as seen in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and gives suggestions on how to tackle them. He also talks about how some of these evidence-based strategies can ease anxiety throughout COVID-19 disruptions.
Home All Day – Basic supports and strategies to get us through COVID-19
Angela Mouzakitis, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA teaches at St. John’s University as an Assistant Professor in the Psychology department. Her research includes working with behavior support plans for children with autism spectrum disorder. In this presentation, she discusses some of the significant causes and effects of emotional distress during schedule disruptions and how to tackle them with concrete, evidence-based coping mechanisms.
Free, Live COVID-19 Webinars – Register Now
Home All Day – Exercising at Home During COVID-19
1 pm Eastern Time (U.S.) on 5/20/20
School closures, suspended recreational activities, and limited therapies due to the COVID-19 pandemic have left many families with few choices for physical activities. Tune in to learn how the need for movement and sensory integration doesn’t stop, and tips for exercises that may help fill the gap.
Prenatal Nutrition During COVID-19
1 pm Eastern Time (U.S.) on 5/27/20
Are you or somebody you know thinking of having a child – or maybe a baby is already on the way? Do you have questions about precautions to consider from a nutritional perspective during the COVID-19 pandemic? Learn steps for optimizing preconception and prenatal health through good nutrition.
Preparing for Back to School During COVID-19
1 pm Eastern Time (U.S.) on 7/22/20
As students prepare to return to school during the COVID-19 pandemic, you may have questions about how to help your loved ones on the spectrum cope with social distancing, distance learning, and ongoing change. Tune in to ask your questions in real time.
Feeling Sick: Coronavirus Symptoms Social Story
This downloadable print covers the most common symptoms associated with Coronavirus.
Symbol boards created to help patients communicate in hospitals and critical care
Easing Medical Anxiety Through Play and Priming*
This video gives tips on how to prepare your loved one for a doctor’s visit though priming and medical play.
Easing Anxiety During Medical Procedures: Positioning for Comfort*
This video shows parents and guardians how to position your loved one for comfort during unpleasant medical procedures.
Blood Draw – What to Expect*
This priming video offers individuals the opportunity to preview the process of receiving a blood draw.
*Special thanks to our friends at the Johnson Center for Child Health and Development for their help in creating this content.
Upcoming Webinar: 10/21/2020, 1 PM Eastern Time (U.S.) Learn about the autonomic nervous system's role in anxiety and autism. About the speakers: Dr. Manuel Casanova, made his
Ongoing schedule changes and uncertainty due to the spread of the Coronavirus can present special challenges. Learn ideas for providing compassionate support to individuals on the autism spectrum
Learn skills to manage day-to-day, resources for virtual social interactions, and general guidelines about coping with the lockdown for individuals with ASD and their families. Handouts are online