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TTU Burkhart Center provides tips in homeschooling autistic students

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Governor Abbott is expected to release a decision on whether schools will go back into session sometime this week.

Until then, parents are tasked with maintaining their student's education. That can be a new challenge for parents of children with autism.

According to a report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in March, about 1 in 54 children has been identified with ASD, an increase from the previous estimate of 1 in 59. For these children, adapting to life during a pandemic can come with additional stress or obstacles.

Experts advise keeping a routine is important for these students' need for stability.

Christy Chapman, with the Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research, says to include the student in the planning process. If there are other kids in the house, try to create separate areas for each student and make sure they respect the space of others.

Texas Tech offers counseling and mental health services to helps parents get through this.

Texas Tech Student Counseling Center: (806) 742-3674
Texas Tech Crisis Helpline: (806) 742-5555
Statewide COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line: 833-986-1919

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