Return to Wearing Masks Social Story
This resource provides a visual guide for individuals with autism about a return to wearing masks in public.
During the pandemic, many rules have changed.
These changes may be difficult, but they are in place to keep me safe.
New rules can be confusing. Some places may not require a mask and some people may not wear a mask. Masks keep me and others safe.
I will have to listen to the rules in my community, school, job, or what the government says.
I may have to wear a mask again to keep me and my community safe. Even if other people aren’t wearing masks, I can still wear a mask.
I may feel anxious or upset about having to wear a mask again.
There are many styles of masks. I can try them until I find one that feels best.
I can practice wearing the mask at home. I can wear the mask for shorter periods of time while I practice.
I can chew gum or suck on hard candy if the smell of my breath bothers me.
If I wear eyeglasses, there are sprays and wipes to help keep my glasses from fogging up.
I can take mask breaks by going outside or when I am safely away from others.
Masks help keep me and others from getting sick.
This information was developed by the Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training Collaborative (ASERT). For more information, please contact ASERT at 877-231-4244 or info@PAautism.org. ASERT is funded by the Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations, PA Department of Human Services.