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Experiencing feelings of fear, anxiety, sadness and uncertainty are normal during a pandemic. People can become more distressed if they see repeated images or hear repeated reports about the COVID-19 outbreak in the media. Fortunately, being proactive about your mental health can help to keep both your mind and body stronger.

Children model behaviour as to what they observe and learn from the adults around them. When parents and caregivers deal with the COVID-19 calmly and confidently, they can provide the best support for their children. Parents can be more reassuring to others around them, especially children, if they are better prepared.

Even if school is shut, keep up your usual routine, maintaining structure to your days will help you feel in control. Routine is comforting. Schedule activities to help distract you from the boredom and to keep you connected with your friends. If you need to practice social distancing, you can still connect with others virtually. We have compiled helpful tips and a list of things one can do during quarantine, feel free to check our website for the same, you can read more at

Avoid excessive exposure to media coverage of COVID-19
Only consult legitimate sources, like the government site for any information about COVID-19
Call your mental health care provider if stress reactions interfere with your daily activities for several days in a row
Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep
Make time to unwind and remember that strong feelings will fade
Share your concerns and how you are feeling with a friend or family member
We have identified several helpful resources and tips to help you and others, feel free to check our website for the same.

We have identified several helpful resources and tips to help you and others, feel free to check our website for the same.

Limit your screen time.
Get some exercise or do yoga.
Draw, write in a journal or use music to express your thoughts and feelings.
Do things that make you feel good.
Plan the things you can do.
Reach out to your friends and family virtually.
Make sure you get enough sleep and stick to your pre-quarantine routine as much as you can.

As the popular quote goes, you cannot serve from an empty vessel. It is important to attend to oneself while providing care for others. Taking care of a family member who is affected by an illness or shows symptoms in addition to a pre-existing condition can be taxing for the caregiver’s own mental and physical health. We have compiled several helpful tips for caregivers, feel free to check our website for the same.


3 months:

No smiles while interacting

No response to loud noises


6 months:

Not making eye contact while talking

No reaching for toys or objects


12 months:

Says little or no words

No actions like pointing or waving


16 months

Becomes fixated with one toy or a part of the toy

Prefer being alone. Hesitant and uninterested while interacting with parents as well

  • Be patient while talking to them. if they don't respond to you don't push it.
  • They take things literally, hence use simple words
  • Do not jump from one topic to another.
  • Do not expect them to understand body language ques.

  • Lack of awareness about the disorder, which leads to delayed diagnosis
  • Lack of resources in education and trained professionals that can cater to the needs of the children stress among parents as to what will happen to the child when they are no longer
  • Lack of awareness about government policies and provisions that can be availed
  • Lack of institution that can cater to the needs of adults with ASD (Harman, 2014)
  • Limited Access to resources and services

  • The National Trust for Welfare of Persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple Disabilities
  • GHARAUNDA (Group Home And Rehabilitation Activities for Disabled Adults)
  • Niramaya (Health Insurance Scheme)
  • VIKAAS Day Care
  • Income Tax concessions
  • Hotel Discounts

For more information on these schemes visit.


1.Weiss, J. A., Baker, J. K., & Butter, E. M. (2016, September). Mental health treatment for people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Spotlight on Disability.


2.Harman, K. (2014). Autism Spectrum Disorder in an Indian Context: Impact of Socioeconomic Factors on the Experiences of Individuals with ASD and Their Families. 41.

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