What it’s like to be on #COVID19 lockdown with 3 #Autistic kids, 1 being #immunocompromised

We’ve had an interesting fourth day of lockdown. For the most part, the kids are doing well. Everyone is healthy and in relatively good spirits. Thank God.

I thought I would share a bit of insight into what it’s like to be a single Dad on lockdown, with three Autistic kids and one at very high risk. Here’s just a few of my current challenges. They extend well beyond my worrying about food, water and provisions. It’s well beyond worrying about paying my bills or even working from home.

One of the challenges I am facing, aside from the COVID19 pandemic outside my door, is that my kids are not adjusting to home learning very well. Since school work isn’t optional, they have to get it done whether they want to or not.

We are currently living through the worst pandemic of the last 100 years, and anxiety is high, and the kid’s ability to focus on school work is very, very low, as is my desire to pick this particular battle.

I’m trying to make sure that their work gets done, but it’s a significant challenge. Frankly, I don’t really see the point of schoolwork right now, but I also understand why it must be done, and so I will work to that end. It’s an uphill battle but I have to at least try.

Rob Gorski

Full time, work from home single Dad to my 3 amazing boys. Oh...and creator fo this blog. :-)
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Christine Rumsey

I teach high school students on the Spectrum, and I just discovered this blog. As I am sitting here trying to come up with lesson plans, I found this blog to be very informative and insightful. I’m thinking of keeping my lessons a lot simpler than I had originally planned. Thanks.


Hello Rob,

Thank you for the update.
I noticed that you described Gavin as sweet and gentle. If I remember correctly, you previously described Gavin as having some behavioral problems.
Has something changed over the years?

I hope this is not too intrusive.


Humans are adaptable. I remember seeing scenes of people running through the streets of Sarajevo, because they needed to go places. And they were scared of the snipers but didn’t give up. This is going to be hard, and I’m sorry for you all.