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Journal of Global Awareness

Journal of Global Awareness

Abstract

The restrictions and lockdown measures implemented in response to the Covid-19 pandemic have posed a pronounced risk to the mental health of people with autism and their families. We discuss specific difficulties affecting children and adolescents with autism and their families during the pandemic, drawing on a broad range of recently published research in many countries and regions. A global perspective is adopted to provide an overview of the state of affairs and identify good practices. We consider challenges in four areas: research and practice related to autism, challenges facing children and adolescents with autism, specific difficulties in their education and care, and challenges facing their parents and families. Based on the reviewed work and our experience in group support sessions with parents of children with autism, we conclude that supporting families affected by autism should emphasize promoting the parents' well-being and coping potential to improve their resilience.

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