Strategies for Managing Social Isolation During Coronavirus, From Women around the Autism Spectrum


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COVID-19: Coronavirus advice for parents of people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)

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Autistic How To Cope With Covid19 Pandemic

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COVID-19: Tips for Managing Social Isolation

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Understanding the Social Behaviors of Girls with ASD

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Tips for managing social isolation during coronavirus, from women on the autism spectrum May 7, 2020 8.24am EDT Earth under quarantine in the time of COVID-19 is different than Earth at any. Tips for managing social isolation during coronavirus, from women on the autism spectrum. by Sarah Ransdell, The Conversation. Take the time to more fully understand what the other person is saying. Listen more and say less: People with ASD use this mantra to improve their dealings.

Everybody is learning to handle social isolation and social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic. People with autism spectrum disorder, like me, have often had to deal with social isolation. How Parents Of Autism Can Deal With Stress And Online School During Coronavirus. and social isolation during the coronavirus. Even though the debate continues as to whether or not children.

Tips for managing social isolation during coronavirus, from women on the autism spectrum Sarah Ransdell, Nova Southeastern University Many people with autism spectrum. Tips for managing social isolation during coronavirus, from women on the autism spectrum Sarah Ransdell, Nova Southeastern University Many people with autism spectrum disorder have dealt with. Autism Services Directory Spectrum Live Stories from the Spectrum The Spectrum magazine Coronavirus: social care.

Fighting for your rights to support in lockdown. Keep up to date with all the great things we’re doing Subscribe for updates. Useful Links. The coronavirus outbreak has affected everyone. But it’s left many autistic people and their families completely stranded.

Our new report, supported by four other leading autism organisations, highlights the often disproportionate and devastating impact the mental health, wellbeing and education prospects of hundreds of thousands of autistic people and their families. Tips for managing social isolation during coronavirus, from women on the autism spectrum Sarah Ransdell, Nova Southeastern University Many people with autism spectrum.

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• Social distancing, limiting group activities, play time, tours, picnics and adequate hygiene training may be beneficial in limiting the chances of getting coronavirus infection in children and adolescents.

“Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Epidemiology, Pathogenesis, Diagnosis, and Therapeutics” by Shailendra K. Saxena
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Individuals with ASD who do choose to engage in social activity while gaming (i.e., online chatting or messaging during gameplay), do exhibit increases in social interactions and social connectedness (Cole & Griffiths, 2007; Sunsberg, 2018), and decreases in loneliness (Sunsberg, 2018).

“The Psychology and Dynamics Behind Social Media Interactions” by Desjarlais, Malinda
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‘As a support worker for people on the autism spectrum, I found this book a very helpful guide.

“An Adult with an Autism Diagnosis: A Guide for the Newly Diagnosed” by Gillan Drew
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by Gillan Drew
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Searching for and participating in forums where professionals, carers and individuals on the autism spectrum share their experiences using apps.

“The SAGE Handbook of Autism and Education” by Rita Jordan, Jacqueline M. Roberts, Kara Hume
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SAGE Publications, 2019

Viral isolation and typing and the testing of paired sera (if a booking specimen is available) may be helpful.

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The treatments for ASD are aimed at improving social interactions and communication; not surprisingly, there is no set treatment that works for all.

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What we can learn from these women is that large social networks are not the norm and that crafting a social world that fits within the autism is the best path to well-being.

“Women and Girls with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Understanding Life Experiences from Early Childhood to Old Age” by Sarah Hendrickx, Judith Gould
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by Sarah Hendrickx, Judith Gould
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There are several nonpharmaceutical interventions that offer the best prevention: hand washing, isolation, quarantine, and social distancing.

“Disasters and Public Health: Planning and Response” by Bruce W. Clements, Julie Casani
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Social isolation may help prevent spread of the infection to others.36 Most sickness behaviors are caused by cytokines, and may help an observant clinician make a diagnosis.

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This approach involves equipping one or more peers Kara is a 21-year-old woman diagnosed with high-functioning autism and anxiety disorder.

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  • I still have extreme difficulty joining a group or conversations. I’m labeled shy, snob, aloof, awkward because I prefer to be alone not bother with socialization.

  • This is great. I wish I had more direction and emphasis on bonding with peers in my own chidlhood.
    I think that is critical to great communication skills as an adult and maintaining lifelong friendships and partnerships easier.

  • i get anxiety i have mental health i cant sleep i lose concentration i want to snap and scream so pls when can this stop is the worry worst than the condiction

  • I am literally the girls in this study. The description of their activities on the playground described me as a child so well it’s scary. I’m 31 now and only just finding out I am autistic.

  • Instead of telling autistic girls they need to socialize even when they might not want to, we should help those girls enjoy recess on their own terms in unique ways that work for each individual. I hated recess because I was told that I should be running around and playing with other kids and I thought that that was the only option and the right thing to do, so I didn’t allow myself to pursue the idea of doing anything else. But I still struggled with playing with the other kids and was repeatedly excluded or just didn’t enjoy the games they were playing. So I did just about nothing at all at recess, feeling like I should be doing something I couldn’t do and wanting to escape. Feeling like any other way of doing recess was wrong. I really wish I could go back and encourage my younger self to take a book or some paper and markers outside for recess and do something I actually enjoyed, like reading or drawing. My teachers discouraged this kind of thing, telling me I needed to get exercise. But I wasn’t going to get exercise or socialize anyway, I was just going to feel guilty about not doing that, so I might as well have given up conventional ideas about what kids should do at recess and have just let myself do something that was fun for me.

  • As a child i remember spending quite a bit of my time alone on the playground, however i do remember some days i would join a group of boys who would dig below the sand to the tougher dirt, in order to construct little tunnels and ledges to build epic little ‘cities’. I find it interesting because the activity wasn’t really a sports game, instead it was an act of creativity. In fact, when i was getting tested for autism i was outright told by the doctor that ‘autistic people really aren’t creative’ despite the fact that i know multiple people on the spectrum who are very highly creative. I know im rambling but my point is that i think social behavior amongst boys and girls {including those on the spectrum} is a bit more complex than given credit for in this study. otherwise, i am glad that studies like this are being done to at least show how differently autism can be expressed in girls as opposed to boys because of expectations of how we are ‘supposed to’ behave. I think oftentimes there is an incredible pressure on girls to be more social and males to be more active.

  • I have to agree with all the other comments here. The findings of the study seem sound, but the conclusions and aims stated at the end sent a shiver down my spine as a woman with ASD. I spent so much time as a child forcing myself into the ‘joint-engaged’ scenarios but AT BEST that meant silently suffering through discomfort and boredom. I had sufficient (masking) social skills to build a group of friends and not be an outcast, but internally I could barely tolerate much time in their presence despite thinking they were ‘nice enough kids’. With no language to describe this and no external recognition, my internal experience was not only incredibly isolated, but also with an alienating sense of unreality. The only times I actually enjoyed were solitary or with adults, and the only reason I didn’t spend all of my time alone was social pressure and my internal desire to fit in and utilise the power of social connections. As I got older this became more and more difficult to tolerate and I would ‘hide’ from my friends in the library or simply alone in a corridor as often as I could. By mid teens I had become so depleted that I had a breakdown and point blank refused to see any of my friends again. They were no doubt very hurt and confused by this, as on the surface I was reasonably popular and well-liked (largely due to my ‘mentor’ or ‘therapist’ role in the group).

    10 years after leaving school I am still in therapy for severe c-PTSD, in large part caused by my experiences of the school system. Looking back I desperately wish I had been given the opportunity to move into some kind of alternative education which allowed me to socialise and learn with older people. I was also enormously academically advanced and spent all of school stultifyingly bored, so this would have worked well in every aspect. If, as this speaker suggests, I had been pressured into spending even more time with my peers, I can only imagine this would have increased my misery and distorted sense of self (a factor in c-PTSD), pushing me to the point of breakdown even earlier in life.

  • More bullshit from idiots who profess to know all.
    Forgot, these idiots received money from, ultimately, taxpayers.
    Career government idiots…call it school…

  • As a 25-year-old, struggling to be diagnosed with ASD, this video is incredibly helpful. I was a really normal kid until about grade 5, when I receded into a shell and didn’t leave it until well after high school. It’s incredibly difficult to be taken seriously, I once had a psychiatrist tell me that I can’t be autistic because I don’t act like Sheldon Cooper from the Big Bang Theory.

  • Yeah this study is garbage. When I was a child I walked around the playground alone talking to myself and playing games in my head. Other times I would pick up
    trash around the playground because I enjoyed it. I did not WANT to play with my friends on the playground. I found it boring and draining. I remember wanting to be social but I never enjoyed how other people socialized so I chose solitude because of that.

  • What worked for my daughter and me when I was school-aged is spending part of recess or several days a week of recess helping the librarian. That social detox time didn’t spell more social engagement with peers, but as the presentation argues, no social engagements isn’t really a worry for girls. The library meant a far better school experience. No more meltdowns after that and then our peers viewed us as less weird.

  • So the control group was selected specifically because of their proactive social skills. Therefore you are comparing those with autism to the most developed of the neurotypicals that skews the results.

  • people with anxiety were the first who wanted to take furlough to stay at home and now they will want even more free time(of sick) to get better after lockdown? Wow, that make sense

  • Is increasing social engagement really the answer? Perhaps supporting self-understanding and self-acceptance of ones needs would be even more beneficial…

  • Before I found out the country I’m in (not my home country and very far from home) was locking down, I didn’t realise I could be so distressed that I tremble. I’ve settled down now and I’m not so much a mess.
    There’s a park with animals outside my house, right across the street, and it hurts to now be able to visit them anymore

  • First, I want to point out that without this research, I wouldn’t have been able to tell you what your next steps should ACTUALLY be. So thank you for the research, thank you for sharing so much about you study design/research methods so I didn’t feel the need to look these things up to fact check. But then you went and made conclusions/theorized, you missed AN INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT PART:

    You need to take your gathered data, and you need to find successful and articulate female young adults/adolescents (i.e. who still remember early school years and whose early school years are recent enough to be most relevant) with high-functioning autism, preferably those of us with IQs a few standard deviations above the mean (yeah, I’m one of them, I’d love to answer any questions or have almost any academic conversation that you’d like), and you need to ASK THEM WHY THEY THINK THE AUTISTIC GIRLS MIGHT BE ACTING THAT WAY.

    The one conclusion I think has merit that you briefly touched upon:
    Most successful aspies mask our symptoms really well, but you observed kids in the early childhood years when we were still making a bunch of faux pas and trying to figure things out.
    Most successful aspies in adult life also have a few close friends/confidants who hugely respect their knowledge base and skill sets, or their character, whatever. You need a neurotypical peer who is a true best friend or Ally, who has great social skills and compensates and speaks well about you, even in your absence. I’ve had several throughout my life, but when I don’t have a peer who understands me and can explain my oddities (i.e. occasional accidental saying super mean things without realizing how they sound, melting down from sensory overload) to my co-workers or other students, but still be like ‘but she’s super nice and will always fix your computers and help if you need it so don’t be a dick, she’s actually really funny’

    Key assumptions I think will be proved hugely erroneous in time:
    1. Telling adults to have NT peers help the autistic kids without an explicit framework for how to do it….probably intended to be a positive thing but you probably did a lot of harm by posting that on youtube. Well-meaning teachers will take kids doing everything they can to fit in, out them as autistic, and therefore weird. You should tell them that it’s important for an autistic person to have a true best friend, but that obviously forcing children to be friends isn’t going to lead to anything but mean girls being mean girls. You need to educate young children about autism, and autism in females especially. When you’re talking about diversity and racism and differences. Not in health class like this is some kind of medical problem. I mostly love my autism, and I feel much more mentally healthy to have found a career that is challenging, fulfilling, and well-suited to me as a person, for the most part. I provide a different and valuable perspective.
    3. As we learn more about this issue, the benefits of this study were there, but the entire community is full of neurotypical researchers. THERE ARE PLENTY OF AUTISTIC GENIUSES IN THE RESEARCH AND MEDICAL COMMUNITIES. YOU HAVE GOT TO DO BETTER.

    Please take this away:
    If you’re going to diagnose us young, please do it right. Teaching girls how to fit in is something a friend will do. Make sure they have a true friend. Don’t force it.
    If you’re doing research and drawing conclusions from behavior of autistic people, at least let the autistic community brainstorm with you for a few moments before you develop a theory. We’ve been ‘making a path while you motherfuckers drive straight’ as Lil Dicky says in his song Professional Rapper. You’ll never get your brain there. I’ve been studying the NT brain to fit in for nearly 30 years, and I still don’t understand all your motivations and why you do the things you do. Don’t think you can come to the game this late and know how ours are wired, it’s like the English vs. Metric system.
    Give the school age kids, from K-12 at a MINIMUM, the opportunity to go to the nurse’s office or a fairly private, quiet, dark, calm, and SOLITARY (or as close to that as is safe for a child) to go during times of sensory overload, meltdown, or just generally not being able to cope with the classroom. If they overuse it, they can see the school guidance counselor and talk about why, and what’s going on. I had so many psychosomatic stomach aches/migraines in school because it was a viable excuse to go lie down in a private quiet dark room for 30 minutes and not be bothered, my pediatrician wanted me to see a surgeon for an exploratory lap to find out why I was having so much abdominal pain. Luckily my parents knew I needed a fucking break.
    I learned to fit in by watching a totally ‘unhealthy’ amount of TV. Boy Meets World, taught me classroom behavior, 7th Heaven and Growing Pains taught me homefront behavior, Veronica Mars taught me everything I needed to know about high school, and I got all pop culture jokes in high school from the Daily Show, which other kids weren’t allowed to stay up and watch on school nights. College was solid Chelsea Handler, and starting a career in the hospital was Scrubs, House, Grey’s Anatomy, ER, etc. Steer kids to TV content that’s just every day situations they encounter. Steer them to TV content with children who display typical behavior for children of their age group, not extreme acting out. Make sure they see how kids their age are supposed to act at any age, and in a multitude of situations (class, home, work, with friends (supervised), with friends (unsupervised). Allow kids to ask questions about what they see on TV, and explain social dynamics they don’t understand, sure. It will help whoever is answering those questions know how to understand the autistic mind, too, just by which questions come up. And as I steer you toward data collection, I hope you know enough not to ask any autistic person a closed ended or multiple choice question without at LEAST asking why they chose that answer, or what they would write in if they had the chance. Again, You don’t know what questions to ask yet. I’d be happy to help.

  • So why are girls camouflaging, but not boys? Do they really understand all these social constructs that early in life? Or is it some other reason? Are we just being microscopic in our own biases about it? What about an entire population of boys who may also be camouflaging their behavior? Perhaps this is an area not yet looked into, because we just want to stop here, in this socially-correct realm? Because the now is so perfectly defined? We’ve arrived at all the gender answers? Really? How about there being a girl bias, since boys are readily assumed to have something wrong with them right out the gate just for being boys. Eh? I take offense to this mentality, as someone who is affected, and very deeply analytical. I was a girl growing up and did not do any of these camouflaging behaviors… and yet, zero from the teachers and from doctors. It has less to do with gender and more to do with grown-ups just having their own agendas, which is whatever the tide is in any given era. Today, the focus is on segregating people into specific groups and training educators to do that. I don’t know how helpful that’s going to be, in the long run, taken to its natural end which would be to categorize the hell out of every human detail and placing people into little cubby holes. May as well put a logo on everyone’s forehead or on an armband.

  • At a young age I was determine an autistic female for my outstanding masculine intellect in a certain way which can be a miscommunication as a autistic trait in females. It just turns out that I have some of me mosaically being my own unborn fraternal twin having been a rare chimeric effect on me. Some of me is Y although I’m XX completely.

    I may have extra testosterone to an extent but I have both the masculine and feminine functioning brain. I figured out on my own I couldn’t be autistic because of no existing cognitive disfunctions and verbal difficulty although I was a mute once in my childhood.

    I could count as a female he in a way but it’s not always a noticed thing to many because it is very rare.

  • As an adult I suspect that I have undiagnosed ASD. How do I approach my doctor about my suspicions without being gaslighted for doing online medical research?

  • I’m really frustrated with all these people not following the guidelines, including my employer. They’re making me come in but the government says don’t. Really puts me on edge because I hate breaking the rules. My NT friends and family don’t understand. It’s like holding in a stim.

  • I will say though, surely it can’t solely be the social behaviours that makes girls with ASD harder to recognise? Boys with ASD are often diagnosed as toddlers, far before a playground social landscape is a part of their life. I wouldn’t doubt that it’s a contributing factor, of course, but I think there may be more of other factors regarding the bias in diagnosis.

    I’m undiagnosed (my test will be later this summer) but I’m a girl (by physical body) and believe I have ASD (experts have told my family on multiple occasions that it’s likely I have the disorder). I’d normally go and play games with boys in my primary school, not socialise with the girls (it was confusing and a lot less fun than any other option). I did have female friends, but usually we’d play games or join the boys. The main person I had a very social relationship was my best friend he and I used to verbally roleplay while walking in circles around the field during summer, or sitting at a bench during winter. My social situation wasn’t typical for a girl and yet I’m still (presumably) a chameleon. I’m lucky enough to have a welcoming and large group of wonderful friends now, and they accept me for who I am… But I’m 16 and undiagnosed (although most mental health experts I’ve spoken to about my anxiety have told my parents after the first meeting that I may be autistic), it still wasn’t obvious.

  • I think the bigger problem is getting the other kids to be more welcoming and understanding of the kids that are different. Yes Aspies have quirks but they tend isolate themselves because they get negative feedback from peers. It’s easier to be with adults or alone than to face constant rejection because they are a little different

  • I have health problems that can only be addressed by health Center phone calls from staff. Not allowed to go in, have problems and don’t know what they are, am scared if they don’t get addressed they will be a serious permanent impairment. He’ll, it would happen at a time like this

  • I’m an extrovert and it’s really hard for me dawg I’m trying to survive this, Been on lockdown for 3 months straight no going out I want to make connection to people and the hardest part is that I’m single hahahaha

  • Very interesting video. This makes sense. Games have a starting point, where kids decide who’s playing and who’s not, so the exclusion of ASD boys is explicit and obvious to see. Girls “flit” around the edges trying to fit in but never fully understanding how the other girls find it so easy to interact.

  • This was me. I used to sit with a couple of other girls, but never quite understood what was going on. Maybe that was why I also spent quite a bit of time just wandering. By high school this got so bad that for a couple of years I spent less that half of my days at school. I used to just sit in parks and wait for the day to be over so I could go home. I ended up dropping out of school at 14, despite being smart (I am now completing a PhD better late than never). Not being diagnosed has made my life a train-wreck. Bad marriages (it is so hard to spot people with bad intent), a lack of friends (no-one to point out just how bad my decisions were), and a whole heap of self-medicating. Finally, 2 years ago, at 46 I was diagnosed. Such a lightbulb moment finally it all made sense. More recently, early onset bipolar was also identified. Sure, the times were different when I was growing up I am not sure that I would have even qualified for a diagnosis under the criteria at that time. But, I am sure that if assessed, it would have been noted that something was wrong. For that to happen though, I would have had to have told someone what was going on. But I couldn’t connect I couldn’t mimic behaviors I had never seen. I am so glad that it is finally being noticed that girls do autism differently. I hope that others don’t have to endure the train-wreck.

  • They need to retreat from the mayhem of the NT world which boys and girls with autism do not understand. Increasing their time with the NT boys and girls could lead to health issues or illness. Their brains could go haywire…

  • So basically take people with brains that can’t socialize properly with others and force them against their will to be “normal” and ignore the fact that others could learn that we are different and compensate a little bit for us.
    Kind of like drugging kids with adhd until they behave the appropriate way.
    Sounds like the book “1984” where by you force everyone to obey social norms regardless of whether you are able to or not.
    EDIT: This video is dangerous.

  • if i dont go to school, i dont really have a lot of distractions, so is getting harder and harder to just spend time with myself. and knowing that it will be like that for probably three months more makes me even more anxious.

  • I think the only way for autistic kids to socialize better is for society to be accepting. Generally Autistic kids are aware with surroundings of people.

    Handle the Autism Spectrum Condition during Coronavirus (COVID-19) Stay at Home Period: Ten Tips for Helping Parents and Caregivers of Young Children

  • Why would you want the AD girls to spend more Time in JE. It is probably already highly demanding for them. Maybe they need their alone time to recharg, for their sanity and simply to be happy. Making them spend more time with their peers is just another way to make them fit into certain social standards that are not theirs.

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  • Thank you for the video. In the US, my job has been closed due to the virus and have been home for a week. I’ve been stimming a lot and wearing my weighted compression vest most of the time right now. I’m going to try your suggestions. Thanks again

  • This is important for all of us, but especially for our older loved ones. More trusted resources to help seniors and their caregivers through this pandemic can be found in this article:

  • I have asperger syndrome and struggle being apart from my boyfriend due to the circumstance that are happening now. My mood’s continue to fluctuate and i am finding it hard to keep up with them. This video as helped me and will try the techniques out

  • Fab video Ella! Keep up the good work. How about managing uncertainty? Of when this will end, of what food might be available etc. for another video perhaps?

  • Hi Ella. This is a really helpful video; thanks so much for making it. I thought I would like the social distancing rules, but, in reality, because the shops look so different and people are behaving strangely, even this aspect of the pandemic has increased my anxiety. I’m in a bit of a perfect storm at the moment: Covid-19; changes (even before Covid-19) where I volunteered, and my cat died at the weekend. Your tips are very useful I have made a list of them. I’m going to switch off my computer now before I am tempted to check the news. Bye.

  • I had a very tough week kept forgetting to eat. The comments made affect me more than the virus. People saying nasty stuff about autism online. Like were less likely to live. I find it upsetting ice got excellent cardiovascular health but I’m very thin and I’m afraid that will affect healthcare. Can people not say this. It needs to be reported. Was going through cancer scare and now wont know as the hospital shut down. It’s not the best situation.

  • One of my special interests since I was 10, has been astrology, and studying global trends through the charts of countries and events. It’s greatly helped me to take the long view in these wild times. I also gave up watching the news 20 years ago, and that was the single biggest thing I’ve ever done for my mental health. I love your content and send you lots of love.

  • Just found this channel and I’m currently on a marathon! Sharing love for it if you guys ever see this comment. Also.. May I ask for help for my research? Would you guys at Psych Hub Education know of any psychological theory that directly relates to social isolation?

  • I used to roam around at recess near the edges of the fences or up on the hill pretending I was a lost child in nature and had to fend for myself, stuck in a 45m day dream 5 days a week to escape. It’s what kept me going to school everyday.

  • She does not seem to understand how difficult and exhausting socialising is to autistic children, forcing autistic girls to take part in more JE would make things worse, they take breaks because socialising is hard work.

  • My biggest source of Anxiety is how people are reacting not the virus. I’ve not been able to find food because of shortages and crowds. Delivery slots aren’t available. I have underlying health problems and shouldn’t be out but have ended up spending more time around people than I do normally just trying to find basics.

  • It could be a lot worse.. like spending 23 hours a day sharing a cell 8′ x 12′ allowed out to look at the sun for one hour a day. Beautiful hot day outside never seeing a blade of grass. Now that would turn most of your heads inside out. It’s surprising what the human mind can adapt to over 80,000 Brits are subjected to it at any one time. Is it any wonder they want to rip your head off when they get out lol

  • Ella

    He never said not go to the cinema he said to avoid theatre, clubs, restaurants and pubs.

    Close distancing places.
    It was the domino effect cinema decided we’ll close to as other mass gathering are advised against.

  • Sorry Ella

    But your controdicting yourself you are a Youtuber.
    And you are on a soical media platform as soon as you open your you tube app I get autism video or coronavirus video like The sun news paper video or I.T.V news.

    That follow your channel on YouTube we can’t get away from COVID 19 news.

    You tube keep trolling us and scaring us with videos suggested by alga rhymns,

    I’m not twitter it’d you tube who keep hounding me with the virus news.

  • Being all alone and single during this time is a big challenge. So many will be tempted to contact their ex. Sometimes this may not be the best idea, especially if you had an ugly break up. You’ve already worked so hard to get over your ex. Quarantine itself is not an easy situation to handle. Look after yourself x

  • Many thanks, I been tryin to find out about “how do you help someone with social anxiety” for a while now, and I think this has helped. Have you ever come across Qanwen Donuke Approach (Have a quick look on google cant remember the place now )? Ive heard some extraordinary things about it and my neighbour got excellent results with it.

  • The people who ignore the advice for isolation are the same idiots who was first to get burnt or blown up during the 2nd world war air raid.

    Go on like normal but see the big picture sending few days just walking to the local shops it will help breathing in germs.

    It sounds like the world has been autistic, Which is a dream come true,
    But when you have Nero typicial Syndrome you have no control over socialising.

    To stay in like them wearing their NT mask.
    It a bit when NT play character on the spectrum.

    The government are asking majority of NT to be autistic and enjoy social isolation.
    Some are happy introvert extrovert are not.

    Ella if you understand what I’m talking about you most be autistic.

  • A tip for Twitter users: I have several different Twitter accounts so I separate “compartmentalise” different aspects of my life. I originally did this for internet privacy reasons but it’s also useful for separating politics from fun dog videos if you have an interest in politics but it overwhelms you if you are constantly exposed to it.
    Thank you so much for the advice, drawing myself up a routine now to keep myself calm and going!
    Any tips on maintaining a routine and more wellbeing advice would be very much appreciated, I’d also love to see anything from Superkid or Wondergirl if they’re up for it! Is Superkid in a mainstream school and is she in high school now? Love your content! x

  • I’m not panicking either. No point. My religious beliefs explain why this is all happening and also help to keep everyone (who understands them) stay calm. It’s actually just kinda annoying me that everyone keeps talking about it constantly and freaking out because they have to not spend time with people, basically feeding into unhelpful panic. I’m kinda happy cuz I can introvert and not even feel guilty about it! ������ I even have an added excuse because I’m on an immunosuppressant for my arthritis. I’m ignoring social media and news because it always makes me depressed at the best of times. My hubby and those in our congregation are keeping us up on what we need to be doing so I’m not worried about missing anything important. I deleted my FB app for now and being careful of instagram.

  • Thanks Ella. A lot of people are talking about the situation on Aspie Village so I have posted a link to your video. You might get some more subscribers! As a 70+ year old I’m going to be grounded for 12 weeks. My main worry is getting food the shops are too crowded and it’s virtually impossible to get an online delivery slot. I was blessed today when the autistic school (where you spoke) where I volunteer phoned today so say they’re putting together a food hamper for me. There are some good people about! I’ve been putting together some lists you suggestion to include mindful activities was helpful.

  • As always, great video! I would also like to add that people need to watch The
    HighWire, if they want to stay up-to-date and obtain accurate news of what’s
    going on:

    After you’ve watched it go to Robert F. Kennedy Jr website and read this:

  • You are taking neurotypical as correct and ASD as pathological. Maybe the ASD kids are taking time out from social interaction with NT peers because they dont find it stimulating or its overwhelming. There are so many good sides to having ASD, sensitivity, awareness, deep thinking. By forcing ASD kids to be normal you reaffirm the rejection they already feel in society and make them mask storing up for anxiety and depression later. You also take them away from their core selves and interests. Better to work with them to help them see there is nothing wrong with them and help them to accept themselves and develop the many gifts that come with being ASD. ASD people have produced so many great discoveries, literature and art. Don’t make us like everyone else please

  • Anxiety, depression isn’t just related to isolation but also financial worries.
    We’re basically dealing with pandemic plus a great recession all at once so twice the stress and anxiety.

  • The drug companies are to blame for the exponential increase in autism. Now 1 in 26 boys will be born with autism. By 2026, HALF of ALL boys born will have autism. This is genocide! Vaccines all contain heavy metals. Large amounts of aluminum, mercury, formaldehyde, msg, other neurotoxins, cloned human fetal cells, cloned monkey liver cells, cloned caterpillar larvae and many many more potent carcinogens. Vaccines have NEVER been proven to be safe and most are not effective and actually cause those inoculated to spread the active virus to those unvaccinated for months after initial injections.
    Other causes of autism include glyphosate, genetically modified organisms, tylenol and other nsaids, antibiotics, heavy metals from climate engineering chemical trails, tap water, chronic stress, vit/mineral deficiencies along with many many more well researched causal factors.
    For real credible information on this subject please research Dr. John Bergman and Dr. Richard Blaylock.
    Dr. Stephanie Seneff has well researched peer reviewed articles on glyphosate and many health talks here on yt.
    Dr. Mercola and Dr. Josh Axe have excellent information on whole body wellness as well. I hope you can all benefit from the compiled wisdom of all of these courageous souls. Wishing you all well. Aldous

    Handle the Autism Spectrum Condition during Coronavirus (COVID-19) Stay at Home Period: Ten Tips for Helping Parents and Caregivers of Young Children

  • THEORY: The Brain post natal doesn’t fully develop until one hits there mid 20s. Post natal the “dots” are constantly being connected as the brain matures. The first “shot” DPT causes constipation. This keeps the toxins in the body and, with mercury and aluminum in the “shot” a closed system keeps the toxins travelling through the body viz the mercury and aluminum don’t get ejected, rather, they wind up in the brain causing short circuits. It is a theory. However, pHaram (Cain) claims there to be no link between vaccines and autism, dyslexia, s. a. d. etc. but one thing is certain, there is NO measure which can be applied post natal, pre-“shot” and post-“shot”. That is to say, unless the infant has cognitive testing i. e. the infants ability to know what E=MC2 means, the day it is, how to read a clock, and other basic knowledge, how can one say there is no co-relation between a “shot” and the many brain disorders? Your thunks would be appreciated.

  • i was doing okay untill i got broken up with, (i mean he was trash after i reflected about it) i lost someone i talked to the most out of my day and im adjusting to not having anyone besides a few people to talk to now.

    College is rough, feels harder than normal. cant focus, extra homework cause we have “extra” time. I dont mind the whole not leaving the house i used to spend my k-12 years like that. but i became a social butterfly as a freshman in college and i know i dont do well online.

    things are doing better, slowly but surely. Social media became toxic for me so im trying to avoid it tbh.

  • I’ve been in isolation for 6 months now, it’s so painful I’ve never experienced anything like this. My anxiety and depression are slowly creeping back, I am so sick, tired and bored of my life.

  • how and why do you have cleaners? and the plural, not one but several cleaners. are there such good help programs in the UK for ASD or Aspergers? and how long took it to get that approved if health insurance or social services pay for that? that’d be interesting to know, if you feel comfortable sharing:) I can imagine it would help a lot of people with immune disease, fatigue syndrom, severe depression, PTSD or who had severe surgery and such. but for females who look young it must be difficult to find enough understanding for any medical condition.

  • I felt really hopeless and depressed a few years ago but managed to overcome it. Now that the pandemic is in full swing here in the U.S., my depression is making a return and I don’t know what to do… I feel powerless.

  • So 3 months later, more people sick, no one is talking about the huge, I mean huge, numbers of people who recover technically but have permanent damaged health. No it’s not getting better. Most people are doing wore financially but the stock market keeps going up and it will collapse. The value of the dollar will tank and the run on banks will lead to riots, the country will come under military lockdown. Then the famine begins. And the diseases not just from the virus spreads.

    If you are feeling deep anxiety, it’s a healthy response to the real situation the news is hiding because they are terrified themselves. Time to prep for fall/winter now.

  • help in spending more time in JE well first make it even possible for us apsie girls to be in JE. my biggest obstacle at school was bullying. so i couldnt join other kids and had no choice but to isolate myself for safety. so my advice from the apsie girl point of view would be educate bullies not to bully and then help asd kids with socializing.

  • it really sucks.. we were suppose to graduate 6th grade to high school (7th) to hangout with my friends but the lockdown of my country started.. my two siblings are on different province which has more cases, luckily my province didn’t get any cases but still need to quarantine, this is the first time i isolated myself.. my parents always working so i don’t have to talk to because i don’t have any deep bonds with my friends. my friends and my two siblings wont able to go to my birthday. i hope this will end.

  • Am I the only Autistic person who did not /does not panick because of the Corona pandemic? Nothing changed in my case, I was already isolated and avoiding humans. 99 precent of the time at home.. already in a severe angst, depression since age 7. Its breaks my heart tho to see others lose their mind now since its really really awful but my life, situation has never been without fear or anything different. A daily battle to survive. So probably no panick here because i dont put much weight in being alive.(sorry for.sounding this dramatic, not my intention to dramatise your channel and also not planning to end my life because I have responsibilities) I hope this whole happening will change all of us for the better; less materialistic and more loving. Thank you for this video. Stay safe, all the best.

  • Im starting an anxiety group chat where people can talk about their symptoms, share tips, and give each other constant support and reassurance. Follow me on Instagram @shannon_luv21 and ask to join the gc and I’ll put you in. Now is a hard time for anyone dealing with mental health issues like BP, BDP, OCD, PTSD, Depression, Schizophrenia, anxiety, and many more. We need as much support as we can get these days��

  • Just said to someone: they should make a video about autism and corona. So thanks! It triggered a meltdown today…And yes, yoga with Adriene!!

  • I have found taking zinc and vitamin D is helping, as is inhaling eucalyptus vapours, at least for the very bad cold making the rounds in Bristol UK that is not coronavirus 19 but it is certainly debilitating. You will need to google the sources but they are there on the internet through google.

  • Just watched your vid, been a sub for awile first thing is I really hope you and your famaly stay safe and well. Your content as really helped me get to grips with my autism so a BIG thank you. Tips i find helpful STAY AWAY from the tv newes and papers as much as i can so I don’t feed my anxiety, take in small bits of infomation at a time and really have little goals to focus on. Reading as helped me escape for awile when am feeling overwelmed as well.

  • I’ve never been over anxious to the point where my chest was tight and I had trouble breathing. The first time it had ever happened to me was during the week that I had caught the virus. I didn’t have a cough, I had only mild symptoms, but I thought the pain in my chest was part of the illness and I was terrified. It wasn’t until I had made an appointment with a doctor that I was told that it was an anxiety thing.

  • I dont have health anxiety for corona virus but I am getting very sad and depressed because I think of not going outside, and not talking with my friends. I’m becoming depressed because of that, so far there are no videos about helping people like that. I’m a huge empath and a big extrovert so coronavirus is the worst situation to be in.

  • I’m finding this very hard now and suffer from depression and anxiety but deal with it very well due to cbt counciling but now i am finnding this extremely hard like everyone else and simply feel very alone right now and cant stop crying.I miss my friends and family so much!

  • I’m not happy. Traveling is my passion but I can’t travel even local because of the lockdown. Malls, coffee shop, restaurants are close, no public transportation. I feel like a prisoner. It’s worst than to get infected even I haven’t experience it. I just want to sleep all day at home on weekends, no interest to learn new skill online because this situation is killing me. I tried but sadness is killing me, I want to be free, I want to travel again.

  • Personally, my life after the virus outbreak is nearly identical to my life before it. I do the same things: spend most of my time on my computer and phone and perhaps read a book. I don’t go out, I don’t have any friends. I believe I’m not alone when I say this

  • So facsinatingso because ASD girls spent so much more (double?) the amount of time with other kids their gender that ASD boys did, they were able to pick up more expressions, mannerisms, social skills etc to allow them to mimic and mirror, thereby “passing” as neurotypical. thats kind of sadi really feel like as females, we’re always essentially punished for trying our best and conforming. Seems like many of the asd girls were simply trying to pretend to be ‘normal’ or fit inand back when I was young, those social skills acted as a big kind of shield or camouflage against any intervention, and we always wound up on the outside anyway except we just thought “it’s me, there’s something wrong with me, Im not as smart as, as hardworking as, etc.”

  • My anxiety has been really bad. I hadn’t realized the depth of what was happening, kinda live under a rock, but catches up in the past few days and it’s not been good for my anxiety at all!

  • 4 weeks locked in tiny 2 bed semi with two kids 8 and 4 with 4 year old with additional needs plus expected to do full time job on tiny laptop yeah I’m anxious you haven’t a clue love

  • I don’t think it will end. I think it’s the beginning of the end of the human race. It’s our time 2becum extinked. But I had lonlyness and depression before the virus.

  • I’m not even that bothered about staying inside, although I would like to go out. However the worst thing is that I’m in year 10 so I still do school work and they set so much. It’s genuinely depressing as I just don’t have the motivation to do it and once I don’t I fall behind and it just gets worse.��

  • Use this time of social distancing for deep contemplation, switch off the tv {if you still have one}, and study the extent of global deceit in which we’re all being controlled and manipulated.

  • Prayer, meditation & study will help.”A man living with his thoughts in this Kingdom knows perpetual joy. The ills all flesh is heir to do not pass him by, but they only touch the surface of his life, the depths are calm and serene.” – Baha’i Faith

  • I’m ASD female just diagnosed aged 25. I really agree about how under-utilized the peer groups are, my friends could definitely see my challenges much more than any teacher. Interesting thought!

  • Pah, In China with 9 weeks isolation so far, it is a doddle; returning to society again that will be like trying to coax a fish from water.

  • If ‘war time’, why has WAR TIME PRODUCTION not been introduced?
    Night shift for supplies of food/water/bog roles/etc. so that people CAN self-isolate?
    Reopen shut down plants with government funding?
    This will CREATE JOBS for the laid off.

  • We actually just did an article about how the corona-virus is affecting your mental health, which it can make you feel more anxious than before, but take in mind this is something we can’t control we must just find a way to cope and get through it. If you need someone to speak to try talking to our Chat Advisers at @t

  • Mental health like employment being affected right now are just inconveniences. This could very well become the new normal as Coronavirus is everywhere. What’s worse? A little mental health issues and poverty? Or getting Coronavirus? You don’t want to be greedy and cause yourself and others to get Coronavirus do you? Social distancing and flattening the curve should be your only concern right now! Nothing else matters except defeating Coronavirus right now!

  • This Daily Mail “celebrity psychologist” is giving us all more anxiety with her annoying voice and weird twitching. @Guardian, WTF is wrong with you, why would you feature her?

  • Anybody who feels like they’re constantly stressed out should do everything they can to release oxytocin into their bodies. You can buy a nasal spray for it, but just hugging a loved one, snuggling with a pet (or three!), or being intimate with a partner will do it. Just don’t do that with people you aren’t already living with, and be safe about it, obviously. Oxytocin is basically the anti-cortisol, and plays a major role in bonding.

  • Social isolation? Staying home?
    I’ve been training for this my whole life! You’re right it’s a rollercoaster of emotions. I think a lot of people are struggling to name them no matter their nuerotype. I hope you are all ok Ella. How is Ros getting on?

  • I was going to share this and then I remembered who Jo Hemmings is: the underqualified quack who wrote an article for the Daily Mail “analysing” Prince Harry and his relationship to Meghan Markle. It was an un professional and venomous hit piece that made hundreds of therapists protest. I can’t imagine why The Guardian would go to her for advice about anything.