Resources to Help a Loved One with Special Needs Understand COVID-19

 

How to Explain COVID-19 to a Loved One

 

Webcomic exploring the COVID-19 outbreak

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/02/28/809580453/just-for-kids-a-comic-exploring-the-new-coronavirus

 

Tips on Being Home with Your Child During the COVID-19 Outbreak

https://www.donnathielepc.com/on-my-mind/2020/3/15/tips-for-being-home-with-your-child-in-the-time-of-covid-19-coronavirus?fbclid=IwAR0OBwcABmZUZKliBcK4U5fuECQwNpeqPd8rZgveYrQTMbu_WJOmc3h5RJ4

 

Social Story Explaining the COVID-19 Outbreak

https://www.flipsnack.com/KeshetChicago/coronavirus-social-story/full-view.html?fbclid=IwAR2IW9lzCEmIvh6F_OtDdX1rGxvLpKRsC0yh92tjdccQVwLIPk_kG6J1yYk

 

Coping Guides & Strategies

Fighting boredom The following listing was compiled from various sources online.
https://abilitiesmanitoba.org/docs/covid19-information-resources/fighting-boredom/

 

CDC Resource on Helping Children Cope with Stress, includes tips for parents, tips for kids & teens, and tips for school personnel. These can be transferrable to different roles (people supported, caregivers, and residential support personnel).

https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/suicide/copingwith-stresstips.html

 

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Guide on How to Talk to Your Child About COVID-19

https://www.aacap.org/App_Themes/AACAP/Docs/latest_news/2020/Coronavirus_COVID19__Children.pdf?utm_source=BenchmarkEmail&utm_campaign=Mar_16_2020_UPDATE_e-blast&utm_medium=email

 

CDC Resource aimed at adults for coping with the stress of the COVD-19 outbreak

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fabout%2Fcoping.html

 

CDC Guide on managing your emotional health and self-care

https://emergency.cdc.gov/coping/selfcare.asp

 

CDC Guide on helping children & teens cope with a natural disaster, includes worksheets.

https://www.cdc.gov/childrenindisasters/helping-children-cope.html

 

American Psychiatric Association Guide On How to Take Care of Ourselves During the COVID-19 outbreak

https://www.psychiatry.org/news-room/apa-blogs/apa-blog/2020/02/coronavirus-and-mental-health-taking-care-of-ourselves-during-infectious-disease-outbreaks

 

Resource for healthcare providers, families, and organizational leaders on how to manage stress during the COVID-19 outbreak, contains fact sheets from various organizations.

https://www.cstsonline.org/resources/resource-master-list/coronavirus-and-emerging-infectious-disease-outbreaks-response

 

Fact sheet from Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress:  How to Take Care of Your Family During Coronavirus and Other Emerging Infectious Disease Outbreaks

https://www.cstsonline.org/assets/media/documents/CSTS_FS_Corona_Taking_Care_of_Your_Family.pdf.pdf

 

American Psychological Association Tip sheet on how to view the coverage of the Coronavirus

https://www.apa.org/helpcenter/pandemics

 

Podcast episode on managing anxiety that arises from the Coronavirus

https://www.apa.org/research/action/speaking-of-psychology/coronavirus-anxiety

 

 

National Child Traumatic Stress Network Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with the COVID-19 outbreak.

https://www.nctsn.org/sites/default/files/resources/fact-sheet/outbreak_factsheet_1.pdf

 

 

Fact Sheets on the COVID-19 Outbreak

American Academy of Pediatrics fact sheet on the COVID-19 outbreak

https://redbook.solutions.aap.org/selfserve/ssPage.aspx?SelfServeContentId=rbo_outbreaks_page_3

 

World Health Organization Fact sheet on COVID-19

https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses

 

 

General Pandemic Resources

American Psychological Association directory of general resources to use during a pandemic

https://www.apa.org/practice/programs/dmhi/research-information/pandemics