This is a challenging time for children as they try to navigate the changes in their lives brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Below are some resources that parents may find helpful including a resource designed for parents of children with autism to help their child adjust to changes and new routines.
If you are interested in reading an article about how to talk to your child or adolescent about COVID-19, click on one of the articles below:
Coronavirus (COVID-19): How to Talk to Your Child Dr. Jennifer Shroff Pendley with KidsHealth-Nemours (en español)
Sesame Street: Caring for Eachother COVID Resources
Sesame Street and Autism: Coping with COVID-19: A “For-Now” Normal
For Parents: You can also watch a series of brief videos on helping children adjust to COVID-19 developed by the Child Mind Institute. A good place to start is with a video that discusses how to talk to children about information regarding COVID-19 in a way that is appropriate for their age.
For Children: Sesame Street is providing useful videos for young children including a video about practicing social distancing and another video about doing a virtual dance party with friends.
PBS also has helpful videos about COVID for young children Pre K-3rd grade
For elementary school-age children, the BrainPop video that describes COVID-19 can be helpful.
If you would like to read a book to your child about COVID click on one of the books below:
The Unwanted Stranger provided by Pangea Publishing
Together, We Can! by Kerrie RH Farkas