"Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) may react to a bereavement in different ways to neurotypical children. Some of the underlying perceptual and processing difficulties observed in children with ASD may affect their understanding of death and their reaction to a bereavement. Children with ASD, like any others, need their grief both recognised and understood and will need opportunities to express how they feel" (Katie Koehler DClinPsych 2016).
It is difficult to explain death and bereavement to a child and more so to an autistic child. During the Recent Covid-19 epidemic many families have lost a loved one. For families with an autistic child, this is made harder as they struggle to express how they feel or understand their emotions. As well as suffering the loss of the person that has died, autistic children can be further distressed by all the changes that might happen in their day-to-day lives as a result of the bereavement.
In this blog, I will try to give you tips to help you support your autistic child to understand what is happening.