Children with Autism are known to struggle with change and have difficulty interacting with others. In addition, 20% of people with autism spectrum disorders are also found to have anxiety and 11% suffer from depressive disorders.
Recent studies have proven that the additional stress cause by the COVID Pandemic have worsened their core symptoms of autism. In fact, preexisting behavioral problems were at a higher risk of being more intense and frequent during the pandemic.
Children with Autism struggled to adapt to the increased hygiene and sanitation routines. Their daily routines were completely interrupted. Exercise was stifled and human interaction came to a near complete halt.
The mental health of the parents/caregivers of children with Autism are not to be forgotten. There was little support or respite from delivering care during the lockdown, increasing self reported anxiety and depression.
Although ABA Therapy is deemed an essential service, many providers were unable to find enough staff, sanitation supplies, and personal protection equipment to remain open. Many children experience regression after the interruption of ABA therapy.
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