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How We Are All Adjusting To The New Norm

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As we start to see light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel and follow the Government’s “Road Map out of Lockdown” it’s becoming more and more clear that things have changed, perhaps for good.

Adjusting to the world before the pandemic was difficult enough but now the social norms have changed again and this can prove stressful or worrying for anyone, especially those living with Autism.

We believe that a non-judgemental and person-centred approach is the best way to help those who may be finding it difficult to adjust to these changing times, so our Lead in Autism and Mental Health, Scott Kelly, has provided some tips to help with the changes.

* Scott recommends taking smaller steps to adjust - rather than trying to take it all in at once, start by expanding your social bubble one person at a time.

* By avoiding group activities and spending one to one time with a familiar face you are able to adjust to the new social norms with a familiar, friendly face who understands it may take some time.

* Taking some time before trying to take on the post Covid world is another good way to soothe anxieties an individual may have about trying to understand micro-expressions of a masked face.

The most important thing is to take on the world at your own pace - don’t bite off more than you can chew and don’t forget to keep your friends and family up to date about how you are feeling and how they can help!