Coronavirus Resources for Kids, Parents and Educators
Updated: Apr 7
Caring for You and Your Family's Stress
Anxiety Canada also has My Anxiety Plan (MAP) available for children/adolescentsand adults for free online. This is a 10 hour course based on CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy), which is considered an evidence-based treatment for anxiety.
I will be carving out time daily to practice Yoga with Adriene with this Yoga for Uncertain Timesplaylist that includes 34 free practice videos.
I've also put together this resource on helping kids cope in uncertain times.
Mindful Counselor Molly has also shared this amazing resource with 21 mindfulness exercises for home on google slides that you can download for free here!
If you are looking to create a routine and 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 own children with tips on How to Plan Your Kid's Schedules During School Closures.
I've also created a free visual schedulethat you can print and use at home. A visual schedule is a picture plan that shows the different parts of your child’s day. It is very helpful for children so they can keep a routine and know what to expect, which can also help reduce anxiety.
Resources for Kids
NPR has published this awesome comic for kidsabout 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 videowith facts and some lessons on the Coronavirus. Sharing facts is helpful to reduce some of the anxiety so children don't have misinformation.
Author, Julia Cook, has written a book that was illustrated by children called The Yucky Bug which you can view here. She also has some handouts and poster companions which are available through Teachers Pay Teachers for free.
But Why: A Podcast for Kids, which is released by Vermont Public Radio, has an episode about 30 minutes long on Coronavirus for Kids and the Science of Soapwhere they speak with infectious disease doctor Krutika Kuppalli, who studies global pandemics and chemistry professor Palli Thordarson about hand washing.
St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital has put together this amazing FREE printable coloring bookfor kid's to learn about the coronavirus.
I have put together this FREE printable resource of over 120 fun, simple and creative activitiesfor your kids to do while they are home.
Autism Focused Intervention Resources & Modules (AFIRM) has published a comprehensive resource for Supporting Individuals with Autism through Uncertain Timesthat details 7 support strategies including how to "support understanding, offer opportunities for expression, prioritize coping and calming skills, maintain routines, build new routines, foster connections (from a distance) and be aware of changing behaviors."
The Illinois Autism Partnership has created a social story about school cancellationsand another social story about Social Distancing, which can be a confusing topic to understand for children who have special needs.
Teaching Differently is offering a printable social storyabout Coronavirus.
The Autism Educator has a free Corona Virus Social Story you can download.
Mrs D's Corner also has a visual adapted bookabout the coronavirus that also comes with two differentiated levels of comprehension tests.
Sesame Street has launched a Caring for Each Otherinitiative which they will be adding content to. This will be great for younger kids and right now you can get a virtual hug from elmo.
Matt Bailey is a school counselor who created this videousing a puppet to discuss coronavirus with kids. I appreciate his creativity and playfulness! This would be a great video to share with lower-elementary aged children.
Resources for Parents, Counselors and Educators
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.
Jacqueline Sperling published an article on The Harvard Health Blog, entitled How to talk to children about the coronavirus, which outlines tips for parents about how to provide just enough information about the coronavirus, how to answer children’s questions about the coronavirus, model calmness, limit news exposure and how to keep an eye out for reassurance seeking.
The New York Times has an article about Talking to Teen/Tweens about Coronavirus.
The Guidance Alliance has created a A Free Printable Handout for Parents and Teachers on Coping with Covid-19that includes a discussion on normalizing anxiety, using coping skills and online educational tools.
The Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence Team also offered an article that outlines some tips for Managing Anxiety Around Covid-19including reminders to: start with yourself, be aware of your own emotions and accept how you feel, focus on the facts, control the amount of information you take in, don’t be afraid to say no, respect others’ decisions but know what’s right for you, be your best self when dealing with stigma and fears and support others who are dealing with anxiety and uncertainty.
Music City School Counselor is one of my go-to resources for social-emotional learning. She has some very helpful resources, including a printable version of this tip sheet with ideas for how we can support children during the coronavirus crisis. You can get a free copy of the social story video shown above and a printable version of this tip sheet at this website.
I will continue to update this page as I find more resources for children, parents, counselors and educators. If you found this information useful, please share with someone who you think may also find it useful.