Autism in corona times: Documenting mothers’ insider knowledges — Soumini Menon


The COVID-19 pandemic, which led to a nationwide lockdown in India, reduced access to health services and caused many parents to redefine their family’s routines. I interviewed a group of mothers of children who had been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder about what their typical days looked like during lockdown. I wanted to explore the steps had they taken to prevent the lockdown from creating more distress and chaos in their lives. Other mothers and therapists were engaged as outsider witnesses to their stories. I used the mothers’ insider knowledge to create a collective wisdom document, which I plan to take to other therapists and mental health professionals. Hopefully, having access to this knowledge will provide a richer understanding of the mothers’ journeys and a clearer perspective on what supports, if any, may be helpful.