In 2020, we have another factor to consider when it comes to difficulty with the back-to-school transition: the global COVID-19 pandemic. In the spring, schools were forced to shut down, shifting students from in-classroom instruction to distanced, online learning at home. It’s safe to say that for all students, parents, and teachers this was a huge change to navigate through. For students with special needs like autism, they rely on structure and routine. This sudden interruption to their day-to-day “normal” was a huge obstacle to work through, and could have resulted in an expression of a variety of new or recurrent behaviors from these children.