Coronavirus Social Story

I wanted to share a coronavirus social story, that was kindly sent to me by someone on twitter. Obviously it is a very worrying time for everybody at the moment. These are unprecedented times in all our lives, and after the announcement from Boris Johnson last night. That we are basically in lockdown, it is getting more and more “real”.

The challenging behaviour from Jack over the weekend rose dramatically, from where it has been recently. It wasn’t a surprise, and I knew it was down to what is happening. Lily is also showing signs that she is struggling. First thing Monday morning she was sick in the bathroom, the first day of no school. This is an ongoing issue with vomiting, that we are not sure if it’s anxiety or allergy related, which I’ve talked about before.

Something amazing

Jack did something amazing yesterday, after sitting down and talking to him. He told us he was scared and confused by the coronavirus. This is such a massive thing. A lot of the problems Jack has, come from not being able to communicate effectively, or express his emotions. So for him to do that was incredible. 18 months ago I would have thought it was impossible. It’s yet more evidence of how far he has come.

He also asked for a Coronavirus social story, to help him understand what is going on. We told him we would get one for him. Last night a very kind person emailed me one. It is very good and Jack is very happy witH it. It’s so important to find a way to explain what’s happening.

Jack had already calmed down and appears less anxious. Of course it will take continuous reassurance, and revisiting this social story. But we will do whatever it takes to make Jack and Lily feel safe.

I thought it only right to share the coronavirus social story in the blog, for as many people to see as possible.

There it is, I hope people find it useful. The autism and SEN community on twitter can be a wonderful and helpful place, as was proved again here. If you want to make your own social story for this or any other subject, I highly recommend Twinkl as a great resource. I hope everyone is coping well in these difficult time, stay strong everyone. Please feel free to share any resources or ideas to help people get through this difficult time. Thank you.

My name is Adam. I live with my partner Natalie, and our 2 children Jack and Lily. Both children are autistic, it is now my mission to show what life around autism is like. Spread the awareness and gain the acceptance that autistic people deserve.

19 thoughts on “Coronavirus Social Story

  • March 24, 2020 at 1:20 pm
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    Thank you for sharing this story! I have toddlers who are struggling with the idea of coronavirus because they are just so young, but I still think it’s important for them to understand why they need to wash their hands and why they aren’t going to school or the park.

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    • March 24, 2020 at 1:25 pm
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      Absolutely, whoever it can help, then that’s great ☺️

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  • March 24, 2020 at 1:30 pm
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    I love this! Yay for Jack expressing his feelings. I also love the social story. I am a teacher, and I know this would help a lot of my students.

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    • March 24, 2020 at 1:42 pm
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      Thank you 😊 The more people it can help, the better!

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    • March 24, 2020 at 2:07 pm
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      Thank you 😊

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  • March 24, 2020 at 2:09 pm
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    That’s a great idea, could be useful for so many people.

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    • March 24, 2020 at 2:27 pm
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      Thanks 😊

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  • March 24, 2020 at 2:10 pm
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    Great that it’s helping Jack, I’m sure it can help so many other too.

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    • March 24, 2020 at 2:27 pm
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      Thank you, hopefully 😊

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  • March 24, 2020 at 9:30 pm
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    This is such a great way to discuss what is happening right now with your kids! I don’t have any children, but I am sure this topic is very hard to discuss, but you did an amazing job!

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    • March 25, 2020 at 8:06 am
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      Thank you 😊

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  • March 25, 2020 at 11:00 am
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    Thanks for this, my kids aren’t autistic, but they are young and aren’t grasping what’s going on. I will try this with them, see if it helps them.

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    • March 25, 2020 at 12:46 pm
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      I hope it helps!

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      • March 25, 2020 at 6:46 pm
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        It seems to have helped them, especially my oldest, thanks.

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        • March 25, 2020 at 6:47 pm
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          That’s great 😊

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  • March 25, 2020 at 2:48 pm
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    Thanks for sharing! This will be so useful for so many people – great post!

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    • March 25, 2020 at 6:47 pm
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      Thank you, I really hope it is 😊

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  • March 25, 2020 at 8:02 pm
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    I love how you have reinforced this simple story with visual icons! Stories and toddlers mix well together, and pictures make for even better understanding. 🙂

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