A sudden change of routine and all this talk of people getting sick can be scary for children. Here we list resources to help you with difficult conversations.
Websites, Guides, and Videos
- How to Talk to Kids About Coronavirus
- The National Association of School Psychologists’ COVID-19 information page offers resources in five languages and specific guidance for students with disabilities.
- The Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope With the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network includes age-specific tips for helping children cope with stress
- GoZen: Help Kids Manage Anxiety around the Coronavirus (4 Expert Videos)
- Digging Deep is “a simple tool that guides adolescent patients through their emotional journey.”
- WHAT IS THE CORONAVIRUS? COVID-19 / CORONAVIRUS (printable)
- Free Printable Social Story About School Closures
- Online social story: My Coronavirus Story
- If your child is older, this one-page informational sheet may be more appropriate.
- Here is a BrainPop video on COVID-19 suitable for older kids: Coronavirus
- Create your own social stories with this free app
- Illinois Autism Partnership School Closure Toolkit – This toolkit includes visual supports for children with autism to use during the COVID-19 school closures.
NPR has created Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus. The online version includes a print-and-fold zine version.