How the coronavirus pandemic is affecting children with autism: ‘We are trying our best’
As the coronavirus epidemic continues to drone on, Americans are embracing a new “normal” and leaving behind the daily routines that, until recently, crafted so much of daily life.
But for children with an autism spectrum disorder — which affects about 1 in 54 children in the U.S., according to federal estimates — adjusting to change is not always easy, as has been the case for 4-year-old Husdon Teodoro of East Quogue, New York.
“The pandemic completely shifted Hudson’s daily routine. As a child on the spectrum, Hudson depends and thrives on a daily — and consistent — routine,” Kristen Teodoro, Hudson’s mom and an Autism Speaks advocate, recently told Fox News. “That being said, it was extremely hard on all of us within the household to adjust to this major change for Hudson.”
“When it comes to my son, I understand that routine is vital. He has a hard time dealing with unexpected things, activities, people, etcetera. So when my son wakes up and knows what to expect, his day flows much better,” she continued.
To start the day, Hudson watches his teacher’s prerecorded “circle time” and “story time” videos while eating breakfast. By 11:00 a.m., his younger brother, Tucker, goes down for a nap — which is when Hudson begins his “Zoom therapies” that conclude around 3:00 p.m.
“All of which are still trying and struggling to get him to cooperate,” added Teodoro of the therapies. “But we are getting there with baby steps.”
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