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All children and young adults require support from caregivers during times of stress and uncertainty, such as those we are facing now with the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Coping with the unknown and navigating school closures, abrupt changes in routines, loss of connections with teachers and friends, and fear around contracting the virus- are burdens for all, and caregivers play an important role in helping children and young adults understand the changes and process their related feelings. Individuals with autism may need additional support to process the news and adapt to the many changes. The included 7 support strategies are designed to meet the unique needs of individuals with autism during this period of uncertainty. 

Family Interview Activity

Families are going to be spending a lot of time together as students are kept home from school. With emotions running high, it can be helpful for both adults and children to truly and deeply connect instead of simply moving through the motions each day. 

We all have emotions. Whether we’re sad or scared, frustrated or anxious, it is important that we learn healthy ways to identify and express our feelings. Managing our emotions is essential to our personal health and our relationships with those around us. Discussion our emotions with others can help us identify ways to support the people close to us when they’re navigating through difficult emotions. It also helps us learn new strategies for dealing with our emotions. 

In this resource, you’ll find interview questions that students can use to interview the adults at home about their feelings. This not only helps students understand how to navigate emotions but also allows students to practice using their emotional vocabulary at home.