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AuSM's Coronavirus Pandemic Autism Support Resources

AuSM Coronavirus Pandemic v4

As we work through these unprecedented days altered by the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic, AuSM is here for you. You may be feeling anxious over changes in routines, unsure about how to handle social isolation and distancing, and nervous about copious and often conflicting information available through the news and social media. You are not alone.

AuSM is creating and collecting support resources to help guide you through the coronavirus pandemic. In addition to washing your hands frequently, staying in if you don’t feel well, and social distancing, there are other strategies you can employ that will support your physical and mental health as well as your connection to others.

AuSM will update this pandemic support resources web page frequently. If you have specific support needs, we also encourage you to reach out to us. AuSM’s Information and Resources specialists are available to support you via phone 651.647.1083 and e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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PANDEMIC RESOURCES

Understanding the Pandemic/Coping with Anxiety

AuSM Guide to Managing Self-Quarantine and Social Distancing
This AuSM guide is a resource to support adults with autism through these unpredictable days.

AuSM's Top 10 Ways to Care for Your Mental Health During the Coronovirus Pandemic
AuSM's Counseling and Consulting Services team created this information sheet to support your mental health during the pandemic.

University of North Carolina: COVID-19 Toolkit
Free resources for supporting youth with ASD during uncertain times; includes COVID-19 social narratives, hand washing task analysis, and calming strategies.

Autism Society of America COVID-19 Toolkit
Resources include information on mental health and respite, modifying routines, lifestyle supports, education, public policy, and more.

CDC: Stress and Coping
Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.

The Jed Foundation
Tips for managing stress and worries.

The Autism Educator: Coronovirus Social Narrative
Social narrative created to help alleviate fears and anxiety many children may be experiencing at this time.

The Conversation: 7 Science-Based Strategies to Cope with Coronavirus Anxiety
Suggestions, based on psychological science, to help you deal with coronavirus anxiety.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Adminstration
Taking care of your behavioral health during the pandemic.

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Parent/caregiver guide to helping kids cope with the pandemic.

Child Mind Institute
Talking to kids about the coronavirus.

CDC: Children and Youth with Special Healthcare Needs in an Emergency
Caring for children in a disaster.

CDC: Helping Children Cope with Emergencies

SARTAC (Spanish language version)
An easy to read booklet about Coronavirus written by and for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 

Positive Supports Minnesota COVID-19 Resources for the Community

Mental Health Crisis

Warm Line: 651.288.0400 or text “Support” to 85511 or call 844.739.6369
Local Crisis Team: **CRISIS or click here for the county numbers
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1.800.273.TALK (8255)
Crisis Lifeline: texting MN to 741741
SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline: 1.800.985.5990

Education/Activities

Celebrate Edu Community Courses
Celebrate EDU, provider of entrepreneurship and business education for self-advocates with developmental disabilities, is offering FREE community courses. Online classes can help you uncover strengths and learn new skills for the future. Registration is required.

20 Virtual Field Trips
Virtual field trips are a great way to explore new places from the comfort of home. In this age of technology, so many museums, zoos and aquariums have set up virtual tours and webcams of their facilities. Now more than ever, is it easier to visit destinations around the world from the comfort of your couch.

10 Best/Most Easy Hikes in Minnesota
Ten trails that show off the craggiest bluffs, vastest vistas, lushest forests, and most breathtaking scenes Minnesota has to offer.

Delish Digital Cooking Classes for Kids
Free digital cooking classes for kids every weekday through Instagram.

REM5 Youth Innovation Lab PLUS
VR classes: cost associated.

MN Low Incidence Projects Helping Your Child with ASD Learn at Home During Covid19
At home strategies for teaching individuals with ASD.

Food Support

St. Paul Public Schools
Nutrition services support.

Minneapolis Public Schools
Nutrition services support.

Restaurants Offering Free Meals to Kids
KARE 11 guide. With schools closing across the state, Minnesota restaurants are helping.

Food Delivery 
Nonprofits and businesses delivering food to those who are unable to leave home.

Food for Families
Minnesota restaurants and organizations offering free meals to those who need them.

Food Shelves:
https://www.freefood.org
https://www.freefood.org/c/mn-st._paul
https://www.freefood.org/c/mn-minneapolis

Official Coronavirus Updates

Minnesota Department of Health
State-focused information and guidance.

Centers for Disease Prevention and Control
National-focused information and guidance.