Supporting your Child During the Coronavirus Outbreak
Special Mental Health & Wellbeing Coronavirus Resources:
This pandemic is changing children's lives across the globe and will have a lasting impact on us all. Helping children to understand what is going on is an important step in helping them manage their feelings and emotions.
A Book Explaining the Coronavirus:
Released April 2020: a free information book explaining the Coronavirus to children, illustrated by Gruffalo illustrator, Axel Scheffler. Click on the link below
The book answers key questions in simple language, appropriate for 5 to 9 year olds:
- What is coronavirus?
- How do you catch the coronavirus?
- What happens if you catch the coronavirus?
- Why are people worried about catching the coronavirus?
- Is there a cure for the coronavirus?
- Why are some places we normally go to closed?
- What can I do to help?
- What's going to happen next?
Young Minds - Supporting Parents Helpfinder
Answer six questions to find out how you can support your child's mental health during the pandemic.
A Kids' Guide to Coronavirus with Dr Ranj
Dr Ranj answers a bunch of questions on Coronavirus posed by some very inquisitive young Heart listeners.
Click the link to listen:
Winnie and Wilbur Stay at Home
A story book to help children understand the need to stay at home.
There are also activities that you might like to complete.
Click the link to read the book: https://en.calameo.com/read/000777721fa99e30b70f0?authid=7dNZAolx0j6O
Everybody Worries - Written and illustrated by Jon Burgerman.
In this bright and friendly picture book, children learn that it's okay to worry about coronavirus. Fun rhyming couplets keep the tone gentle and supportive, and you will find plenty of ideas for dealing with coronavirus in a positive way.
Everybody Worries offers your child the reassuring message that this crisis will pass, we are there for them, and we will get through this together.
Click the link to read the book: https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/api/interactives/29765.html
While We Can't Hug
A story to look at the fun ways to social distance for younger children aged 3-7.
Hedgehog and Tortoise were the best of friends. They wanted to give each other a great, big hug. But they weren't allowed to touch:
"Don't worry," said Owl. "There are lots of ways to show someone you love them"
Click the link to watch While We Can't Hug: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PnnFrPaRgY
Wellbeing Journal Pack
This Weekly Wellbeing Journal can be used to support children during a school closure and when practising social distancing.
The journal enables children's thought and worries to be expressed, while recognising positive thoughts and feelings. This allows the child to think freely and let go of thoughts while getting reassurance and support where necessary.
Click the link to view the Wellbeing Journal Pack: https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/weekly-wellbeing-journal-pack-1-5-7-t-tp-2549456
Supporting your child's Mental Health during Coronavirus
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