Return to Wearing Masks Social Story


This resource provides a visual guide for individuals with autism about a return to wearing masks in public.

Two people next to a bubble filled with a germ particle.

During the pandemic, many rules have changed.

A woman standing with a cell phone in her hand.

These changes may be difficult, but they are in place to keep me safe.

A mobile device displaying the text

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.

A woman with a worried expression next to two men.

I will have to listen to the rules in my community, school, job, or what the government says.

A woman holding a mask.

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.

A woman wearing a mask with a worried expression on her face.

I may feel anxious or upset about having to wear a mask again.

Three different colored masks.

There are many styles of masks. I can try them until I find one that feels best.

A woman wearing a mask.

I can practice wearing the mask at home. I can wear the mask for shorter periods of time while I practice.

A lollipop and a hard candy.

I can chew gum or suck on hard candy if the smell of my breath bothers me.

A pair of sunglasses.

If I wear eyeglasses, there are sprays and wipes to help keep my glasses from fogging up.

A house and a tree.

I can take mask breaks by going outside or when I am safely away from others.

Two women standing next to each other wearing masks.

Masks help keep me and others from getting sick.

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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 ASERT is funded by the Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations, PA Department of Human Services.