• Helpful Resources:

    • Skype with a Scientist: https://www.skypeascientist.com/skype-a-scientist-live.html
    • Easterseals Toolkit- I hope that this toolkit will help support your child at home during this time of uncertainty. Visual supports can help to decrease anxiety and increase independence across all settings. This toolkit provides you with all that you will need to help structure your child’s day at home, no matter his/her age. 
    • Caring for you and your families stress Since stress depletes the immune system, I want to share some resources for stress relief. You can help your children by modeling for your family how to use healthy coping skills and self-care strategies when faced with a crisis. CHOC Children's has some great guided imagery available.  Check out this list of apps that are good for anxiety and stress relief.  

      Shine has teamed up with Mental Health America to offer this great well-being toolkit that includes articles, meditations, access to mental health experts, anxiety screenings, and more through Virus Anxiety.

      American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) also published an article, Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty, with great tips outlining how to "separate what is in your control from what is not, do what helps you feel a sense of safety, get outside in nature–even if you are avoiding crowds, challenge yourself to stay in the present and stay connected and reach out if you need more support."

      If you are looking to create structure during the week for your child, as a way to reduce stress during school closures, be sure to check out the schedule I created for my kids with tips on How to Plan Your Kid's Schedules During School Closures

    • PBS has published an article, How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus, that includes some tips as well as some PBS KIDS videos, games and activities all about hand washing and staying healthy.

    • NPR has published a comic for kids about the coronavirus by Malaka Gharib. There is also a free pocket-sized folding printable zine version as well. Directions for folding are available here. A Chinese language version is also available.

    • Brainpop has a great video with facts and some lessons on the Coronavirus. Sharing facts is helpful to reduce some of the anxiety so children don't have misinformation.

    • Teaching Differently is offering a printable social story about Coronavirus.

    • FREE printable resource of over 120 screen-free boredom busters for kids to do while they are home.

    • Social Story for Covid-19  https://youtu.be/jze44xLnBN8
    • The Illinois Autism Partnership has created a social story about school cancellations.

    • Mrs D's Corner also has a visual adapted book about the coronavirus that also comes with two differentiated levels of comprehension tests.
    • Scholastic Classroom Magazine has different resources about talking to students about the coronavirus for grades PreK-3, Grades 4-5 and Grades 6-12 and videos and resources about washing hands, studying the immune systems, sneezing etc. 

    • Wash Your Lyrics is a very cool and simple website where you can type in the name of a song and it will give you an infographic with the lyrics paired to a hand-washing technique, which was adapted from WHO's guidelines on hand hygiene. Here's a quick one I did on Old Town Road.

      Mr. Rogers

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