In this time of uncertainly and rapid change, please use this page as a ‘go to’ for a variety of resources relating to helping the children we live or work with – and ourselves – navigate this new era as best we can. We will be updating it as and when needed.
LAST UPDATE: 10pm 31/03/20 – newly posted info is identified with ***
FOR CHILDREN – helping them make sense of what is going on is important
Links to useful resources for helping children:
The NZ Government COVID-19 page has information for Parents and caregivers with guidance for parents, caregivers, whānau and teachers.
Dr Michelle Dickinson, aka Nanogirl, has a great informational video on Coronavirus explained (for kids).
The Ministry of Education has a page about Talking to children about COVID-19 (novel coronavirus).
*** Zero To Three has a page of links called Tips for Families: Coronavirus which covers age-appropriate responses to common questions, a guide to self-care and activities for young children experiencing physical (social) distancing
*** Sesame Street have started a page called Caring For Each Other which has videos, games and art ideas for young children.
A comprehensive and useful toolkit for Supporting individuals with autism through uncertain times from UNC FPG Child Development Institute Autism Team.
For young children, this video titled Time to Come In, Bear explains Physical (Social) Distancing in an easy to understand way.
A comprehensive Parent/Caregiver Guide to helping families cope with the coronavirus disease 2019 from The National Child Traumatic Stress Network.
Further information from Zero To Thrive is available on Helping young kids through the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
From Child Trends, a useful page on Resources for Supporting Children’s Emotional Well-being during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
A dedicated webpage on the Child Mind Institute website about Supporting Families During COVID-19.
FOR PREGNANT WOMEN + NEW MOTHERS – knowing the latest information is useful
This was taken from www.abc.net.au/news/health/2020-03-24/coronavirus-covid-babies-pregnancy-children-kids/12080892
FOR ADULTS – prioritising self-care and self-compassion is crucial too
Links to useful resources for adults:
*** Australian mindfulness organisation, Smiling Mind, has launched Thrive Inside: a special initiative to help people stay calm and healthy in the physical constraints of their home, while remaining calm and healthy inside their mind.
A useful two page document from the NZ Institute of Wellbeing & Resilience™ on Real-time Resilience Strategies for Coping with Coronavirus
Tips and suggestions for managing Coronavirus and your wellbeing from Mind UK.
Information to manage anxiety and stress from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.