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Implementing Research Insights to Support Autistic Students During COVID-19

Implementing Research Insights to Support Autistic Students During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly affected the lives of children and adolescents with autism and their families. As a Special Education Director, it is crucial to understand these impacts and implement strategies to mitigate them. This blog post delves into the findings from the research article titled "Psychosocial and Behavioral Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Children and Adolescents with Autism and Their Families: Overview of the Literature and Initial Data from a Multinational Online Survey," and provides actionable insights for practitioners.

Understanding the Research Findings

The study reviewed a wide range of literature and conducted a multinational online survey to assess the effects of the pandemic on autistic children and their families. Key findings include:

Practical Implications for Practitioners

Based on these findings, here are some strategies that practitioners can implement to support autistic students:

1. Enhance Emotional and Social Support

Given the lower emotional and social functioning in autistic children, it is essential to provide targeted emotional and social support. This can include:

2. Maintain Consistent Routines

Consistency is crucial for autistic children, who often struggle with adaptability. Practitioners should work with families to establish and maintain consistent daily routines, even in a virtual learning environment. This can involve:

3. Utilize Telehealth Effectively

The shift to telehealth has been significant during the pandemic. While it presents challenges, it also offers unique opportunities. Practitioners should:

4. Foster Family Involvement

Families play a crucial role in supporting autistic children. Practitioners should encourage family involvement by:

Encouraging Further Research

While the study provides valuable insights, there are still gaps in understanding the long-term effects of the pandemic on autistic children. Practitioners are encouraged to contribute to ongoing research by:

To read the original research paper, please follow this link: Psychosocial and Behavioral Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Children and Adolescents with Autism and Their Families: Overview of the Literature and Initial Data from a Multinational Online Survey.


Citation: Kreysa, H., Schneider, D., Kowallik, A. E., Dastgheib, S. S., Doğdu, C., Kühn, G., Ruttloff, J. M., & Schweinberger, S. R. (2022). Psychosocial and Behavioral Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Children and Adolescents with Autism and Their Families: Overview of the Literature and Initial Data from a Multinational Online Survey. Healthcare, 10(4), 714. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare10040714

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