May 03 2021


6:30 pm - 8:00 pm



All of my coping strategies went out the window”: How neurodivergent individuals and their caregivers are coping during the pandemic (CES)

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on our lives. Many people are facing challenges that can be stressful and cause strong emotions in children, youth, and families. We will describe findings from a study examining the experiences of families of autistic individuals during the pandemic. We will present information about changes in autistic youth’s traits and social-emotional symptoms, caregiver stress and resilience, and disruption to households and disability-related supports. We will discuss contributing factors to mental health and well-being in these individuals and families. Lastly, we will suggest healthy ways to cope with stress when current strategies need to look a little different than pre-pandemic times.