In this challenging time of anxiety about COVID-19 and how it’s changing our lives, we wanted to share some resources for families. Below are some of the best we’ve seen, including some for specific populations or interests.
Coping with Coronavirus
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network created a guide with facts about coronavirus and tips for preparing your family and helping children. The guide contains a useful grid of typical emotional and physical reactions children of different ages may have and how to respond to them.
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Talking to Kids about Coronavirus
The Child Mind Institute has helpful tips on how to talk to kids about COVID-19 and address their worries. Key takeaways:
- let children know what steps you are taking to keep them safe
- establish a daily routine
Individuals with Disabilities
While it is hard for children to understand the significant life changes that COVID-19 has brought, it’s even more challenging for children and adults with developmental disabilities to accept their current situations, comply with public health recommendations, and manage their anxiety. A multi-disciplinary team at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has developed an online resource toolkit specifically for parents who have a family member with autism. “Supporting Individuals with Autism through Uncertain Times” outlines and provides resources for seven strategies to support a family member with a developmental disability and help them with coping and calming skills, establish new routines, and safely maintain their social connections.
Older adults raising their grandchildren may be in the difficult position of being both at greater risk of contracting COVID-19 and unable to follow recommendations to isolate themselves. Generations United compiled a list of COVID-19 resources specific for grandfamilies that addresses:
- Access to frequently asked questions related to children and other important resources
- Local resources to know your community’s recommendations
- Grandfamily support programs
- Access to free or reduced meals from schools or other home delivery services
- Access to free or discounted internet
- Medication delivery
- Resources for talking to children about corona virus
- Resources for managing stress, anxiety, and back up planning
Resources for Youth in Foster Care and Alumni
FosterClub is compiling resources for youth in and from foster care that includes support, storage, and moving help for displaced students; assistance with technical access for remote learning; and cell phones for those in need.
The Attachment and Trauma Network has some helpful, trauma-informed videos of tips for social distancing, an infographic of key parenting reminders, and free educator curricula on age specific social emotional learning, and resources to access.
Kids at Home
FosterAdopt Connect offers advice and structure for families sequestered at home with kids who have experienced trauma. Are you trying to wrangle kids, manage challenging behaviors, work, and keep your home’s surfaces disinfected? FosterAdopt Connect offers advice and resources on maintaining a routine, doing activities, and practicing mindfulness.
Kids and Art
- If your children like to draw or color, check if your local nursing homes or assisted living facilities are accepting drawings or cards from children for their residents. Not all nursing homes are accepting mail but some places have been asking for it.
- A number of artists and musicians are streaming tutorials, classes, and events that may be of interest to your child. Also, many art museums, museums, and heritage sites offer virtual tours.
Heading outdoors? Need some activity ideas? Children and Nature Network provides suggestions for families to spend time in nature together!