Children and families impacted by war and displacement are likely experiencing severe trauma, and responses may include anxiety, sadness, shame, difficulty concentrating, feeling numb, insecurity, and physical pain. These responses may be heightened for autistic individuals. Our resources include three main categories: social narratives, visual supports (templates for daily routines and choices), and coping strategies. They are designed to help provide understanding during these chaotic times and offer routines that may bring comfort or familiarity.
These resources are designed to be viewed/used on a mobile device given printing inaccessibility.
Hume, K., Waters, V., Dees, B., Rentschler, L., Sam, A., Steinbrenner, J., Kennedy, T., Tomaszewski, B., Reszka, S., Perkins, Y., Nowell, S., & Bossen, B. (2022). Resources for Autistic Individuals and their Families Impacted by War and Displacement. Chapel Hill, NC: School of Education, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, and Allied Health of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved from: https://afirm.fpg.unc.edu/resources-autistic-individuals-and-their-families-impacted-war-and-displacement
Translations and Adaptations
|Russian Translation||Danna Summers, Ph.D., AP Baishev University|
|Ukrainian Translation||Dariya Orlova-Zhernovaya, NGO Child with Future|