Coronavirus – Information for Parents
This is a difficult time for all of us but, if your child has a learning difficulty or ASD, they may be finding things especially difficult to understand at the moment. Below are some websites that offer ways to help you to help your child make sense of what is going on right now.
Remember – you know your child best. Please look at the information on the websites first, then decide if it would be suitable to share with your child/children.
There is a great book that explains the Coronavirus clearly and simply for children. To read the book and share it with your child, click here
For a really clear guide to Coronavirus for children, click here
Tips for Home-learning
Children with ASD and other Special Educational Needs need structure and routine. You can help them by using visual timetables to help them see what is happening at each step of the day, so they know in advance what they will be doing next. This will relieve some of their anxiety.
– You might want to set a specific place for them to do any work or tasks. At school they will be used to their own table, so you could ask your child to help you set one up that will suit them or that is similar to what they are used to.
– Prepare them for changes in routine.
– Help your child to recognise and name different emotions and feelings. You can do this by discussing their own emotions, how characters in books and on TV programmes might be feeling and how you yourselves might be feeling. Alongside naming the emotion, describe it and explain why you, they or fictional characters might be feeling like that. You can also play role play guessing games and ask them to name the emotion and say why.
– Use a 5 point scale to support children in managing their emotions.
– Use social stories and comic strip cartoons to help children understand different situations and perspectives and address inappropriate behaviour.
– Have a visual aid to support wanted and unwanted behaviours
– Be aware of your child’s sensory needs and support them in managing that need to help them learn e.g. sound reducing earphones if noise is a problem, comfortable clothes, keep the area surrounding the work space clear to avoid over-stimulation etc.
– Play lots of games with your child to encourage social skills, such as taking turns and winning and losing.
For other useful resources about Covid-19, these websites might be useful:
If you or your child/children are struggling with Lockdown, you might find some of the ideas/articles on the Social, Emotional and Mental Heath page useful.
If your child has a Special Educational Need (SEN) or an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), you may find some of the activities below useful to try at home.