Aims of Our Research

Our research has two aims :

  • To provide children and young people with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, and their parents and caregivers, with a resource to support them through the current and future Covid-19 restrictions.

  • To assess the stress levels of parents and caregivers as a result of the restrictions, and to assess the stress, behavioural changes, and anxiety levels of children and young people with ASD as a result.
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Back to School

Going back to school means leaving mum or dad. Here’s a story to help prepare for the change. (Resource Source: Middletown Centre for Autism)

Returning to school will look different this year for students. Here is a short social story created by the T-Res team covering the initial return to school. (Resource author: T-Res team)

For children using the school bus, this may look different due to COVID-19. Here is a short social story created by the T-Res team, outlining some of the possible changes children can prepare for in advance of taking the school bus. (Resource author: T-Res team)

The school classroom will look different this year, accompanied by some new rules. Here is a template for teachers to adapt and use in the classroom, to explain their new classroom rules. Here is an example of the teacher template completed. (Resource author: T-Res team)

With so many changes in returning to school this year; we’ve compiled a list of our top tips for parents to ease the transition.(Resource author: T-Res team)

We created this template for you to download in order to communicate what to do and what not to do for your students/children this year. Here’s an example of a completed Do’s & Don’ts list.(Resource author: T-Res team)

With so many aspects of our lives going online at the moment it can be easy to lose track of our screentime. Here are some resources to manage how long we spend in front of screens and a grid to time it. If you find that your time online is high or going up. Take a look again at our 5 tips to see how you can better manage your time. (Author: T-Res)

COVID19 symptoms are very similar to other illnesses we may contract in the coming months. To keep everyone safe we should continue to follow health guidelines. Here is a short outline of these steps for secondary school children. (Author: T-Res)

Here is a short social story on what to do if you’re feeling sick & staying off school. The story can be printed off, with colouring pictures included, to keep busy while isolating at home! (Author: T-Res)

Hand Washing

We all have to wash our hands more often. Some important instructions for everyone on hand washing. (Resource Source: HSE & WHO)

And really useful tips on handwashing for people with Sensory Difficulties. (Resource Source: Sensory Integration Education)

As Hand Sanitiser is an important part of the fight against Covid 19, we are using it more than ever. Learn how to use it safely.(Resource author: T-Res team)

Social Distancing

Social distancing helps keep us safe and well when we are around other people. Here is a social story that you can use to explain Social Distancing. (Resource Source: Middletown Centre for Autism)

Masks & PPE

Wearing masks and PPE will keep us all safe as we go back to school. Our teachers will look a little different with their masks on. Here is a useful template created by AsIAm, for teachers to download, paste their photo on and print off. This will help students to recognise the familiar face behind the mask. (Resource source: AsIAm)

Masks are mandatory in secondary schools to help stop the spread of coronavirus. Reusable masks should be washed regularly. Here is a short task analysis for teenagers washing their mask by hand or using a washing machine. (Author: T-Res)

It is important that we wear masks to protect ourselves and others. This poster shows how to properly and safely use masks. (Author: T-Res)