Ellen has no idea what Coronavirus is, and is not at all anxious about catching it. This is a good thing, I know. This week all her activities outside of the house have stopped and this would be fantastic for Ellen if the shops and McDonalds were not shut as well and she was not having to stay at home 24/7.
It’s been a week of adjustments and finding out what works and what doesn’t work. I’m keen to make sure that she limits her screen time, but equally I still need to work and can’t give her my full attention all day – so I’ve created a family calendar to try and spread the chores and the activities out over the week and to also delegate to other family members in a ‘we’re all in this together!’ spirit.
Things I have learnt so far:
- Joe Wicks’s daily PE for kids is knackering and Ellen hates it. Unless your autistic adult has lots of energy to burn and has excellent gross-motor skills, give this a miss. We are opting instead to follow the gentle yoga session run via Instagram by The Inclusion Project.
- Making multiple trips to M&S for my self-isolating oldies has meant we have a burgeoning mini-garden. Ellen enjoys planting them because they are very small and she can finish the job quickly. I’m not sure how good a job we’re doing as at the moment, nothing has germinated. So don’t pin your hopes on feeding the family this way!
- It was a mistake to give up chocolate for Lent. The only thing Ellen wants to make is chocolate cake, preferably whilst face-painted as a heffalump.
- Just because she’s stuck at home all day, doesn’t mean Ellen is going to be any more keen to do things that she doesn’t normally like to do. Dog-walking and de-cluttering the DVDs sessions have been removed the planner.
- It’s not all about the task! We have made a couple of birthday cards that have ended up looking nothing like they were supposed to either through a lack of materials or lack of skill. But Ellen has really enjoyed these crafting activities so if you’ve a Birthday coming up, you may be a lucky recipient.
It’s great that so many people and groups are sharing online resources for free – let’s just hope I can keep up with it all!