Learning Disabilities and Autism Support
If you have a learning disability and / or autism, you may be finding the COVID-19 outbreak stressful. You may be worried about changes that might happen because of it, including staying at home more. You may also be worried about your family or those close to you.
Below are some ways to look after your wellbeing. You can also visit the 5 ways to wellbeing page for further wellbeing tips.
How you can support someone with a learning disability or autism
The help they need will depend on the nature of their disability.
People with a mild or moderate learning disability may need additional accessible information and more time to understand what they might need to do to keep themselves safe and well at this time. This will be specific to each person.
It will also be important to keep a degree of normality where possible. Do things that are enjoyable and enable people to talk about how they are feeling.
For useful tips for talking about feelings, see Skills for Care advice.
Support for people with autism
If you are supporting a person with autism, bear in mind they may struggle to identify physical symptoms of Coronavirus. They may also have difficulty talking about the emotions it creates.
Try to be aware of changes in behaviour that may help you to identify their emotional state, as well as physical symptoms.