Share resources, not the virus!
During these unprecedented and unimaginable times, it’s important we rely on our individual and collective resources to support one another. See below for a thoughtfully curated list of creative, mindful, and share-able resources to help cope with anxiety, distress, and uncertainty. We invite you to check back periodically, as we update this list with new/emerging resources.
Virtual Parenting Series by Dr. Kristen Ohlenforst:
Click flyer below for details, registration, and payment options.
- imaginACTION – Stanford-based resource for managing a variety of emotions and difficulties. Explore distinct modules each aimed at helping you feel better in some way.
Tools for Talking to Your Children About COVID-19:
- From Children’s Medical Center
- From The Child Mind Institute
- Kids worry more when kept in the dark; tips for talking!
- From PBS.org
- Includes resources for young children (e.g., Daniel Tiger episodes on washing hands, germs, etc.)
- From The Meg Foundation
- 3-minute YouTube video with Dos and Don’ts
- Pepper & Soap Activity – For teaching the importance of hand washing at appropriate times (interpret/modify language as you see fit; consider using term “germs” instead of “virus”).
Therapeutic Children’s Books:
- Moose the Worry Mutt Goes to Doggie Daycare: Teaches children how to “bark back” at worried thoughts and thereby transform from WORRIER into WARRIOR.
- What to Do When You Worry Too Much: A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming Anxiety: One of our favorite workbook resources for helping manage worry.
- A Terrible Thing Happened: This book never names/defines the “terrible thing,” yet illustrates the value of sharing feelings with and seeking support from helpful adults.
- Worries Are Not Forever: Thank goodness!
- The Invisible String: Staying connected while physically apart.
- What To Do With a Problem: Inspiring and beautifully illustrated.
- Big Bad Bubble: Whimsical and playful, this book is about bubbles (soap-related??) aaand anxiety management — how apropos!
- Dear Therapist’s Guide to Staying Sane During a Pandemic, by Lori Gottlieb
- Why Outbreaks Like Coronavirus Spread Exponentially, and How to “Flatten the Curve,” by Harry Stevens
- How You and Your Kids Can De-Stress During Coronavirus, by Deborah Farmer Kris
- Factsheet (to help families cope) from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network
- Parenting In a Pandemic: A Guide, by Emily Eldynn, PhD
Age-Specific Tips for Parents to Help Children during/after Disasters:
(Resources from The National Child Traumatic Stress Network)
Activities/Resources to Help Get Through The Day:
- SchKIDules: Magnetic visual schedule system for children; enlist your child’s interests/motivation to help structure long days at home.
- Storylineonline.net– A free literacy program where actors read to children (Read: Delightful distractions from anxious thoughts!) This link will take you to a particularly imaginative book selection. 🙂