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March 20, 2020

VCU-ACE's Response

Today, people across the Commonwealth, the nation, and the world are learning about COVID-19 and rising to meet the challenges of reducing the spread of disease through social distancing, self-isolation, and increased handwashing. Schools and businesses have closed leaving students and non-essential employees learning and working from home. This transition has been difficult for all of us as we adjust to rapid changes in our work, our education, and the health of our communities.

Here at VCU-ACE, we know such rapid changes in routines and schedules will be especially difficult for individuals with ASD and their families. In order to help, VCU-ACE has already begun creating videos and visual supports to ease the transition and to support such vital skills such as handwashing. Our first two new products include a video on handwashing specifically designed for individuals with ASD to watch, as well as a how-to video on the use of evidence-based strategies to teach handwashing.

Click here to view these resources: How To videos on handwashing

Remember, VCU-ACE has a wide variety of How To videos that cover topics such as Task Analysis, Visual Supports, Prompting, and Reinforcement for those who are not as familiar with the evidence-based practices that are used to teach individuals with ASD. Our entire How To video list can be found here.

Additional Information and Resources

Please visit these websites for additional free resources and COVID-19 information.

The Autism Society of North Carolina has pulled together visual supports and social stories/narratives. These resources are easily downloaded here.

The National Autism Association has created a list of teaching tools for kids as well as tips for caregivers. Please view here.

Autism Focused Intervention and Research Modules have created a free COVID-19 Toolkit to support children and youth with ASD.

VCU-ACE is dedicated to supporting all Virginians during this time of uncertainty. We hope the resources found within this newsletter will support individuals and their families adapt to the ongoing changes surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.  In the coming days, VCU-ACE will work to provide more How To videos on a variety of topics surrounding COVID-19 including social distancing, isolation / quarantine, and even topics like being more independent across activities such as making breakfast or a snack, hygiene, and academic tasks.  We will update our community as we create and develop more products.   

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