I’m worried that the virus means I won’t be able spend Christmas with my family

DEAR DEIDRE: I’M really worried that the virus will mean I won’t be able to see my aunt, uncle and cousin who normally have Christmas with me, my mum and dad.

I am a male aged 23 and I am autistic.

All these social distancing rules make me worked up and people get cross with me, saying: “Watch your distance.”

I have been crying recently because I’ve not been able to see my cousin.

She’s a year older than me. We’ve been friends since we were little children and she understands how I feel.

If I can’t see her even at Christmas I will be so unhappy.

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DEIDRE SAYS: The rules affecting who we can see can feel extra-stressful to someone with autism.

We can’t be sure what the rules will be at Christmas but can you FaceTime your cousin so you can see one another?

Find help at the National Autistic Society (autism.org.uk, 0808 800 4104).

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