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April seemed to plug along just a bit faster than March and we are all desperately waiting to get back to some sense of normalcy in May and June. It has been a grueling six weeks for all of us, but especially for our families with autism and other disabilities. Routines are broken, schedules fly out the window and anxiety skyrockets with the everyday unknown.

While going over a Covid social story with my son (it was formative, but basic) I realized; “How can he be expected to understand what is going on in the world if we can barely understand it ourselves?” We have to try to give them as much information as we can, however, to help ease anxiety. This is all unprecedented and I hope we will work together quickly to gain greater knowledge and better treatment, I won’t even mention the vaccine.

Please, while thinking of your at risk neighbors and friends, also be sure to check on the family’s with autism you know. They may just need a “hi,” or a “do you need anything from the store,” or “just a short break.” Trust me, they are all struggling right now, days are long and pressure is great, so please do what you can. It will make a world of difference to them.

One friend of mine’s son contracted the virus right before his residential living space closed down. He was very sick, and he did not understand what was happening. His parents could not be with him. Both were terrified. My friend was beside herself; just wanting to be a face of love and recognition for her son so he didn’t have to go through it alone. He kept pleading for “sock,” “shoe,” “mom’s” car,” “Home.” Heartbreaking. Thankfully he is recovering well, but still may have to stay quarantined until the Governor lifts the shelter-in-place orders. Our hearts go out to her and I know she is not alone in this type of situation. Stay strong, Diane, until you can give him a great big bear hug and see his precious smile.

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Turning Pointe Autism Foundation creates opportunities and programs to educate individuals with autism through proven interventions to increase independence, encourage meaningful lifelong pursuits, and enrich the community at large.

Turning Pointe Autism Foundation
1500 West Ogden Avenue
Naperville, IL 60540

Turning Pointe Autism Foundation
1500 West Ogden Avenue
Naperville, IL 60540

Turning Pointe Autism Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

Turning Pointe Autism Foundation is an endorsed Center for Autism accredited by the IBCCES.

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