Please find attached some links and resources about coronavirus to support the information that you are providing for your children . It is hard to not worry about what is going on and what the future holds and our children and young people need developmentally appropriate information.
You will find in this area a simple pdf and also web links which can be used by parents and carers to communicate about the virus and what we can do to help. There are also useful web links from Young Minds and the Child Mind Institute about what to do if your child is feeling anxious about coronavirus. There is a link for older pupils and adults too focusing on looking after our emotional well-being. For parents, carers and older pupils there are relevant web links from the American Psychological Association about social distancing, anxiety and perspectives about coronavirus information sources..
Child Mind Institute
Link below for ideas to support adults / older children
Link with parent-focused ideas from Special Needs Jungle about how to support children with anxiety around coronavirus, including an easy-read explanation for children and adults with learning difficulties:
Keeping Your Distance to Stay Safe
With the number of COVID-19 cases increasing every day, psychologists offer insights on how to separate yourself from others, while still getting the social support you need.
Seven crucial research findings that can help people deal with COVID-19
Psychological research on past crises can help people cope with the daily — sometimes hourly — newsflashes about the coronavirus.
Five Ways to View Coverage of the Coronavirus
Tips to help you manage anxiety, put news reports in perspective and maintain a positive outlook.
Speaking of Psychology: Coronavirus Anxiety
Podcast, psychologist Baruch Fischhoff, PhD, explains why we worry about new risks more than familiar ones, how to calm our anxiety and what are the psychological effects of being quarantined.
The Autism Team recommends the Peter Vermeulen pdf which offers 20 tips for autistic people and for parents, the advice is good for others too. This pdf also has a link to Carol Gray relevant Social Stories.
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