COVID-19 Resources

Covid autism support logoAuSM’s Coronavirus Pandemic Autism Support Resources

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 info@ausm.org.

Therapy

AuSM’s Counseling and Consulting Services team currently is accepting new clients for individual therapy via telehealth. Immediate openings are available for clients with the following insurances: Medical Assistance Plans including Hennepin Health, Ucare, Medica Choice Care, Blue Plus, and HealthPartners Care; also Blue Cross Blue Shield, Health Partners, Medicare, Ucare Individual and Family plans, and Preferred One. Please contact our office at 651.647.1083 ext. 13 or email autismcounseling@ausm.org with questions about family therapy, case consultation, other services, and if you have insurance that is not listed.

Amazon Smile

Are you spending more time online shopping to purchase essentials and other items? When you shop Amazon, please select the Autism Society of Minnesota as your charity of choice for the Amazon Smile Program. Choose AuSM as your preferred charity, shop as usual, and a percentage of your purchases will be given to AuSM to support programs and services for the Minnesota autism community. Thank you!

Wearing a Mask Social Narratives

Wearing a Mask in the Community

Wearing a Mask at the Airport

Education/Activities

STAR Autism Support
Free resources to help parents with students with high support needs as they engage in distance learning.

MN Low Incidence Projects Helping Your Child with ASD Learn at Home During Covid-19
At home strategies for teaching individuals with ASD.

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

Fillable Communication Form
If you do not speak with words or want a brief overview of your disability to share with a medical professional, this form outlines helpful information. You can print and fill it out to bring with you.

Mental Health Crisis

Warm Line: 651.288.0400 or text “Support” to 85511 or call 844.739.6369
Local Crisis Team: **CRISIS or see 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

Food Support

St. Paul Public Schools
Nutrition services support.

Minneapolis Public Schools
Nutrition services support.

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.