Photos: In France, helping people with autism cope with lockdown

The sudddeness of changes brought about by lockdowns being experienced around the world can be overwhelming for peope coping with mental disorders. A look at the association "Elan Retrouve" in Paris -- a facility dedicated to psychiatric disorders in adulthood, that is helping individuals during the nations' ongoing lockdown caused by the novel coronavirus.

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Yago, a young autistic man hosted at the Elan Retrouve association, dedicated to psychiatric disorders in adulthood, paints as he works with an educator, during lockdown, in Paris. Present times pose a difficult situation for persons living with autism as lockdowns and stay-at-home orders upend the routines many individuals are accustomed to. (Loic Venance / AFP)

Yago, a young autistic man hosted at the Elan Retrouve association, dedicated to psychiatric disorders in adulthood, paints as he works with an educator, during lockdown, in Paris. Present times pose a difficult situation for persons living with autism as lockdowns and stay-at-home orders upend the routines many individuals are accustomed to. (Loic Venance / AFP)

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Alain (L), an educator and art therapist, works with Yago, at the Santos-Dumont day mental hospital of the Elan Retrouve association. (Loic Venance / AFP)

Alain (L), an educator and art therapist, works with Yago, at the Santos-Dumont day mental hospital of the Elan Retrouve association. (Loic Venance / AFP)

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Educators like Alain, pictured here for a portrait at Elan Retrouve, are helping persons with mental disorders make sense of the abrupt changes in their lives. (Loic Venance / AFP)

Educators like Alain, pictured here for a portrait at Elan Retrouve, are helping persons with mental disorders make sense of the abrupt changes in their lives. (Loic Venance / AFP)

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Alain speaks to Yago during a workshop in Santos-Dumont day mental hospital. The instructors can mould established routines and activities to the restrictions of the pandemic. (Loic Venance / AFP)

Alain speaks to Yago during a workshop in Santos-Dumont day mental hospital. The instructors can mould established routines and activities to the restrictions of the pandemic. (Loic Venance / AFP)

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Yago walks past his educators at the association “Elan Retrouve”, dedicated to psychiatric disorders in adulthood. Many autistic people feel anxiety at new stimulus, notable in these times by the need of precautions like facemasks, gloves or repeated washing of hands. (Loic Venance / AFP)

Yago walks past his educators at the association “Elan Retrouve”, dedicated to psychiatric disorders in adulthood. Many autistic people feel anxiety at new stimulus, notable in these times by the need of precautions like facemasks, gloves or repeated washing of hands. (Loic Venance / AFP)

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Alain (R) and Loriane (L), a psychiatrist, both wearing protective suits -- prepare to visit a young man with autism at his home, because he cannot be hosted at Elan Retrouve, as his mother, tested positive for COVID-19, in Paris. (Loic Venance / AFP)

Alain (R) and Loriane (L), a psychiatrist, both wearing protective suits -- prepare to visit a young man with autism at his home, because he cannot be hosted at Elan Retrouve, as his mother, tested positive for COVID-19, in Paris. (Loic Venance / AFP)

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Pierre, a young autistic man hosted at the association Elan Retrouve, seen in a dining area with his educators. People with mental disorders are prone to high risks of depression and stress which can run elevated in such change. (Loic Venance / AFP)

Pierre, a young autistic man hosted at the association Elan Retrouve, seen in a dining area with his educators. People with mental disorders are prone to high risks of depression and stress which can run elevated in such change. (Loic Venance / AFP)

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Educators make a video call with autistic young men who cannot be hosted at the association. Regular checks by health care professionals are key in helping people with mental disorders comprehend the pandemic and cope with it. (Loic Venance / AFP)

Educators make a video call with autistic young men who cannot be hosted at the association. Regular checks by health care professionals are key in helping people with mental disorders comprehend the pandemic and cope with it. (Loic Venance / AFP)

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