COVID-19 Resources

Resources for Parents & Caregivers

      • The Child Mind Institute has some great tips to help parents know what to say as well as things you can do to help you and your child through these challenging times. They also have a main COVID-19 page where they are adding resources for parents daily
      • The National Association of School Psychologists also put together some helpful guidelines to keep in mind as you talk to your child about Coronavirus and answer their questions

Resources for Children

      • Four books related to COVID-19 (read by me!)
          • “Coronavirus: A Book for Children”— This book uses simple language and provides key information that answers children’s most common questions
          • “A Little Spot Stays Home: A Story About Viruses and Safe Distancing”— This book helps children understand viruses and why remaining home is necessary right now. The story also encourages children to keep a positive outlook by offering strategies to cope with feelings of anxiety and sadness
          • “Kelly Stays Home: The Science of Coronavirus”— This story follows a girl who learns she will be staying home given the COVID-19 pandemic. Kelly’s mom, a doctor, explains the science behind the illness and social distancing to Kelly and her little brother
          • “The Breaking News”— This is an empowering story of a young girl whose world is rocked by “breaking news” headlines, which make her feel scared and powerless. She learns, though, that she can feel better by looking for the helpers and finding small ways to help, too
      • The authors of the popular comic series “The Princess in Black” just released their newest book in the series called, “The Princess in Black and the Case of the Coronavirus”. You can read it for free here
      • Two helpful visuals that explain the coronavirus in kid-friendly terms: “A Comic Exploring Coronavirus” and “Hello, My Name is Coronavirus”

Resources for Parents & Caregivers

      • This is a great guide with 6 tips you can use to help your child process their feelings during this stressful time
      • A fellow school counselor made a great PDF for parents that teaches strategies parents can use to help their children cope with worry
      • This article discusses five ways parents can help guide children towards successful anxiety management
      • Unsure how to support your child who is dealing with feelings of loss about important events, such as graduation, birthday parties, camps, and other events? Check out this fantastic 7-minute video, as well as this article geared for parents of tweens/teens and this article for parents of younger children

Resources for Children

      • A school counselor created an awesome 2-page PDF for kids that talks about strategies to try if you feel worried about Coronavirus
      • This workbook is a great resource for younger students to complete! It includes worksheets about feelings around the Coronavirus pandemic and provides healthy coping skills for students to manage their feelings during this time
      • The Imagine Neighborhood is a wonderful podcast for younger children and their families that talks about feelings. They are continually adding episodes relevant to what’s going on in the world right now—they have episodes on Coronavirus fears, frustrations, and one on talking about why we have to stay inside—that are all great to listen to as a family
      • Look, Listen, & Learn has a wonderful 5-minute video called “It’s Okay to Feel Lonely!” that discusses missing friends and family and what you can do to feel better

Resources for Parents & Caregivers

      • Parenting for Lifelong Health partnered with WHO, UNICEF, CDC, and other organizations to put together helpful parenting tips in the age of Coronavirus (tips include, managing bad behavior and behavior changes, making space for 1-on-1 time, keeping kids safe online, and more)
      • With families spending extra time at home and under stressful circumstances, there is sure to be more conflict and tension than usual. This is normal and to be expected. A fellow school counselor created this 1-page PDF with family conflict language and questions to use with your child after a conflict to restore relationships and hopefully prevent future negative incidents

Resources for Children