Parenting Children with Autism During the Enhanced Community Quarantine


Authors : Rhylyzette Ching; Marylyn Damoslog; Crislyn Alpha Solimen

Volume/Issue : Volume 5 - 2020, Issue 12 - December

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Children with Autism (CWA) display difficulty in adjusting to new surroundings and routines. This research aims to identify the difficultiesCWA encountered during the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) in Baguio and how parents handled the situation. Also, to inform and provide ways for parents who does not have access to other networkon how to handle the situations. Through an online interview, parents were asked to identify the difficulties encountered by CWA during the ECQ in terms of their daily schedule and environment. It also seeks to know if parents encountered any difficulties in handling the situation and how they handledit. The interview was conducted to 10 parents where6 out of 10 CWA encountered difficulties adjusting to new routines in terms of their sleeping pattern, time schedules and new environment. 5in 10 parents handled it well through explaining the situation, introducing new routines and restructuring the environment; the other 5 encountered difficulties because the quarantine policies does not prohibit the situation, others have work and other children to look after. Further, the research discussed the differences in the behavior of CWA based on their different age groups. With this, parents will develop an understanding on the needs of CWA and establish ways how to handle sudden changes of schedules and environment. Also, parents will discover varied activities to divert tantrums and meltdowns. Lastly, this research will raise awareness and acceptance in the community that while everybody is striving for coping strategies, these CWA will also be considered.

Keywords : Children With Autism, Enhanced Community Quarantine, Daily Schedules, Environmental Arrangements.

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