Living with the pandemic has been difficult for everyone: the isolation, the need to wear protective gear like masks and gloves, the adjustment to working or learning from home. For those living with or caring for someone with severe autism, those challenges can be exponentially more difficult. "Wearing gloves or masks, you know, things like that? That's just not going to happen here," says Feda Almaliti. Almaliti is the mother of 15-year-old Muhammed, who has severe autism . She is also vice president of the National Council on Severe Autism . In an emotional interview with NPR, she describes the toll the current crisis is taking on her family and others like hers. "Muhammed is an energetic, loving boy who doesn't understand what's going on right now....
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'He's Incredibly Confused': Parenting A Child With Autism During The Pandemic