The uncertainty due to the current coronavirus pandemic can be very overwhelming and confusing, especially for children with Autism and other developmental disabilities. Parents may be wondering how to talk to their child about COVID-19 and the changes it has caused in their daily routines, such as:
Why do I have to wear a mask? Why are you wearing a mask?
Why do I need to wash my hands more frequently?
Why can’t I play with my friends?
Why am I home from school?
Why are you working at home? Why are you unable to work at all?
Social Stories are a great way to communicate this information with your child in a safe and comforting way. They can help manage emotions and challenges due to these changes, and encourage appropriate behavior and responses.
The following social stories have been compiled to help support you and your child due to this challenging and unknown time.