We've all had to adapt to a changing world and upended daily life over the last few months. But the changes that this pandemic has brought are particularly challenging for children on the autism spectrum.
For Jarrah, who was diagnosed on the autism spectrum at three years old, the disruptions to his routine weren't just hard to adjust to, they shook the foundations of his world.
Jarrah’s mum Thea recalls his intense fear when he learned about the coronavirus.
“He believed he would catch it and die if he went outside our house. He wouldn’t even go into our backyard."
The coronavirus pandemic caused anxiety and fear for children on the autism spectrum.
Like many children on the autism spectrum, the routines Jarrah had built were suddenly disrupted and he experienced extreme anxiety and fear. During these unsettled times, it’s crucial that children like Jarrah have as many familiar support networks and strategies in place as possible.
Can you imagine how Jarrah must have felt when he found out his Aspect school was closing?
We kept our students connected to their expert teachers and autism-specific learning techniques.
That’s why, when the coronavirus first disrupted schools, Aspect adapted quickly to help keep our students connected to familiar teachers and learning techniques. We sent out home learning packs, ran classes online and provided 4G-enabled iPads to help students stay connected. All of this was only possible with the support of people like you.
We were able to keep our students in school, because of you.
Because of you, we were able to give parents expert guidance on how to set up daily structure and maintain autism-friendly routines.
Because of you, children like Jarrah could face this period of disruption with all the support they needed.
Because of you, we were able to give urgent financial assistance to over 1,000 families and provide an unprecedented number of School Sponsorships for families like Jarrah's who otherwise would have been at risk of falling through the cracks.
As Jarrah's mum, Thea, explained, "I don’t have the words to express just how grateful we are to be receiving an Aspect Sponsorship for our son. I get emotional every time I think about it. I was determined to keep him at Aspect, so without it, we’d be struggling with rent, food and bills.”
Please donate today and contribute to an Aspect School Sponsorship.
Will you make a donation today and help Aspect continue to be there to support children like Jarrah with a tailored education?