This study examines how people with SN and their families across the world have been coping with the administrative, financial and social changes they have likely incurred due to the current pandemic. In particular, we are interested in the stresses that they have faced and the coping and emotion regulation strategies they have employed. By Special Needs, we mean people who need support with their condition which includes (but is not limited to) Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Down Syndrome, Intellectual Disability (not-otherwise specified), Williams Syndrome and other rare genetic diseases.
The goal is to find out what people with different SN have found particularly difficult and how different individuals, families, groups and governments have gone about dealing with and alleviating those difficulties. Comparing the different groups will allow further insight whether support plans during this crisis period need to be unique for each developmental disorder or whether they can be generalised. This research will build the much needed evidence base concerning our understanding of the effects of state-wide emergency crises and measures on the outcomes of children with neurodevelopmental disorders and how to alleviate them in the future.