The following list of resources for families is a mere sample of the many wonderful options available online for children and adults of all ages and abilities to learn, engage, stay active, and be healthy during this unusual time. We have chosen them based on their fit for the students, adults, and families in our Perkins community, but we believe they can help families of anyone with complex needs. Please feel free to share with others.
For Doctor Franklin Perkins School day families, we hope you enjoy this full list of resources, but please also refer to the Remote Learning Plan email you received on April 3rd from Kristin Stanley on behalf of Cindy Wing, as that email gives full details for our remote learning plans for your child. Students should have separately also received login info for the following: Edgenuty, Google Classroom, IXL, Lexia, and Read Live. If you have any questions, please contact Kristin.
How to Talk to Children about Coronavirus
How to Talk to Teens/Tweens about Coronavirus
NPR Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus
National Association of School Psychologists “Helping Children Cope With Changes Resulting From COVID-19”
Mass.gov 24-Hour COVID-19 Information
Psychology Today “Resilience and Routines for Families During the Pandemic”
Autism Resource Central’s Resources for Families during COVID-19 Quarantine
Center for Disease Control “Helping Children Cope with Emergencies”
Free Mindfulness Class for Kids
Yoga Journal Yoga Poses for Kids
Lynn Lyons, LICSW, Resources for Managing Anxiety Disorders
Child Trends Resources for supporting Children’s Emotional Well-being during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Statewide Parent and Caregiver Support Groups in Massachusetts
Harvard Center for Mindfulness and Compassion
Being Well at Yale
DMH, Maintaining Emotional Health & Well-Being During the COVID-19 Outbreak
CDC, Helping Children Cope During and After a Disaster
Coping with Coronavirus Anxiety
New York Times “Parents Need Stress Relief, Too”
Center for Disease Control “Stress and Coping”
CNN Op-Ed “Parenting through the Coronavirus lockdown”
Hemot Pamphlet to Discuss Coronavirus
Dr. MC’s COVID-19 Survival Guide
SAMHSA Coping With Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks
Mindfulness and Stress Reduction Online Resources
Coronavirus for People with Intellectual Disabilities
How do you talk about COVID-19 to people with intellectual disabilities?
Self Advocacy Resource and Technical Assistance Center (SARTAC) and Green Mountain Self-Advocates “Covid-19 Information By and For People with Disabilities:” About Coronavirus (info about Coronavirus in Plain Language), About Coronavirus in Spanish (info about Coronavirus in Plain Language, Spanish), Coronavirus Plain Language Glossary (words to know).
Storyline Online, Stories Read by People
Wide Open School
Human Rights Campaign, Welcoming Schools Wednesdays: Activities and Resources for Inclusive Learning at Home
Special Education Learning Resources
ABA Desk “Surviving the COVID-19 Pandemic…with Children”
Mrs. D’s Corner, Data Collection for Special Education Teachers
SpedGuru’s Special Education Websites for Students and Parents
100 Free TPT Products for Speech Therapy Home Packets
SLP Freebies for COVID-19
Autism Speaks COVID-19 Information and Resources
Online Activities for All Ages
GoNoodle – Short movement and mindfullness videos created by child development experts to get families moving and engaged through the day.
Audible Books — Free for as long as schools are closed across devices. Stream a collection of stories, including titles across six different languages.
Google Arts & Culture Virtual Museum Tours and Collections — Collection of over 500 museums and galleries offering virtual tours and online exhibits from around the world.
Museums, Zoos and Aquarium, Theme Park Virtual Tours
Storyline Online — Stream videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations.
Story Time From Space — While in space, astronauts videotape themselves reading picture and chapter books to people of Earth.
Jarrett Lerner’s Activities Page — Blank comic book pages, “Finish This Comic!” comics, and drawing/writing prompts to encourage creativity and story creation.
Chrome Music Lab — Play with musical instruments and sounds online.
Coloring Nature — More than 600 free printable coloring pages that range in topics, including science, biomes, anatomy, animals, plants, and some just for fun.
Mo Willems Doodle Sessions — Doodle sessions with acclaimed artist, Mo Willems
11 YouTubers With Disabilities – To make you laugh, think, and learn
Broadway Plays Online – Not appropriate for all ages.
365 Days of Writing Prompts
Other Resources for Essential Professionals
Perkins Practices to Stop the Spread
For information on Perkins and program updates during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, please visit this page.