Learning disabilities and / or Autism


If you have a learning disability, 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.


Ways you can take care of yourself

  • Keep in touch with people you trust (like friends, family and employer) over the phone or internet.
  • Contact a self-advocacy group in your area. They may be able to offer support online or by phone. Ask your families or carers for help to search for these groups.
  • Make sure you take any medication you have been prescribed.
  • Go to any hospital appointments you have (unless you have been told otherwise by the hospital) and tell people if you are unable to attend appointments.

Some people with autism will be finding the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak stressful and may be worried about getting the virus or changes that might happen because of it, including staying at home more.

There are ways you can take care of yourself:

Think about how you can adjust your routines to staying at home and keep doing the things you would usually do to keep well. That might include eating food you enjoy, finding ways to keep doing your hobbies and interests online and getting exercise, once a day in your home or outside if you can. You know what strategies have helped you in difficult situations in the past, so use them again now.

If you have support from others, plan with them how you can remain well and relaxed.

Page updated: 18/09/2020 Page updated by: Gloucestershire County Council

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