Supporting individuals with face coverings and other COVID-19 related challenges

We’ve all had to change and adapt our behaviours due to the Covid-19 pandemic. For some people, these changes have been manageable and for others they have been more difficult.

Skills for Care in partnership with East Sussex County Council (ESCC), Adult Social Care Training Team have developed a guide which sets out how to support people with learning disabilities and autistic people with some of the current COVID-19 challenges. These practical guidelines will help staff, carers and family members support people to adapt their behaviour without increasing anxiety for themselves or the person they’re caring for.

Some of these challenges could be wearing face coverings, sanitising hands, maintaining social distancing and supporting people getting used to new ways of doing things. Adopting these new ways of behaving can help people to safely get back to doing all the things they enjoy doing with their friends, with family members and support teams, and getting involved in activities.

Download the guide

COVID-19 related resources to help support people with a learning disability and autistic people

We've brought together a range of resources which can be used to support people with learning disabilities and autistic people whiich include easy read documents, videos, social stories and webinars. These resources cover a range of topics from COVID-19, communication, face coverings, handwashing and other PPE topics.

ESCC Adult Social Care Training Team have also prduced this training programme  and you can download the resource pack below: