Children with autism impacted by isolation, remote learning during pandemic

  • Ava. (Courtesy photo)

  • Photo: Modern Milestones Hawaii Ava catches a wave during instruction led by Kahaluu Surf and Sea on Aug. 28 during an Autism Moms of Kona event.

  • Photo: Modern Milestones Hawaii Ava stands on a board during an Autism Moms in Kona event.

When COVID-19 forced students to switch to remote, online learning, Jessica McCullum was worried for her daughter Ava, a nonverbal nine-year-old diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, or ASD.