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COVID-19 Pandemic and Impact on Patients with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Authors
  • Baweja, Raman1
  • Brown, Sierra L.1
  • Edwards, Erin M.1
  • Murray, Michael J.1
  • 1 Penn State University College of Medicine,
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Publication Date
Mar 10, 2021
Pages
1–10
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s10803-021-04950-9
PMID: 33689088
PMCID: PMC7943706
Source
PubMed Central
Keywords
Disciplines
  • Commentary
License
Unknown

Abstract

The COVID-19 infectious disease pandemic has caused significant fear and uncertainty around the world and had significant adverse psychological impact. Children, adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are a particularly vulnerable population, impacted by stay-at-home orders, closures at nonessential services, and social distancing standards. This commentary describes various challenges faced by individuals with ASD in the United States including disruptions caused by educational and vocational changes, challenges to home and leisure routines, limited access to behavioral health services and changes in health services delivery due to the pandemic. We highlight the need for ongoing skills development for individuals and development within systems to better respond to needs of the ASD population in future emergencies.

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