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How to support good hygiene

Clean Hands Protect Against Infection

Protect yourself, clean your hands regularly. Wash your hands with soap and water, and dry them thoroughly. Use alcohol-based handrub if you don’t have immediate access to soap and water.

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public

Basic protective measures against the new coronavirus…

How to reduce the spread of Coronavirus

Much of it follows traditional cold-season admonitions, but some is more specific…

DHSS Director Update: Hand Washing Prevents Spread of COVID-19

The most effective method for preventing the spread of Coronavirus…

Coronavirus Sanity Guide (FREE)

In times like these, we need practical, actionable ways of coping with stress, fear, and anxiety. The meditations, podcasts, blog posts, and talks on this page will help you build resilience and find some calm amidst the chaos…

Tips and Tricks for Teaching Handwashing with Kids

Hygiene skills can be difficult for many children to master because of sensory processing, fine motor delays, or cognitive delays. Today I want to share some tips and tricks for teaching handwashing with kids…

Tips and Tricks for Teaching Handwashing with Kids

Hygiene skills can be difficult for many children to master because of sensory processing, fine motor delays, or cognitive delays. Today I want to share some tips and tricks for teaching handwashing with kids…

Wash Your Hands! - Print Out

Print this out and put it near the sink to help our kids remember good hand washing technique…

Hand-Washing with Peter the Anteater - UC Irvine

Good health hygiene is critical to stopping the spread of viruses. Peter the Anteater shows us proper hand-washing technique with help from UCI Public Health…

Support Student Hand-Washing

Video, Downloadable Hand-Washing Routine Visual, and Downloadable How Long Do I Wash My Hands Visual…

How to do therapy at home

13 ABA Therapy Activities You Can Do at Home

If you’re the parent or caregiver of a child on the autism spectrum, chances are you’ve spent your fair share of time searching for the best treatments for autism…

31 Days Of Occupational Therapy With Free Materials

Coming up with fun ideas for occupational therapy activities for interventions can easily become nerve-wracking! It’s easy to fall into a routine and use the same old cookie-cutter activities in OT treatment sessions…

20 Five-Minute Speech Therapy Activities You Can Do at Home

I often get asked how long and how often families should practice speech and language skills at home…

8 Activities for Treating Anxiety in Children

To help turn young worriers into warriors, here are 8 activities that have proven to be effective…

Emotion Regulation in ASD

Processes that we use to modify emotional reactions. We can be aware of these processes or not, purposefully tying to do them or not. In other words, somtimes it takes effort to manage emotions…

What is COVID-19

World Health Organization - Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV)…

COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 19) March Update- Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment, Pathology

The coronaviruses that circulate among humans are typically benign, and they cause about a quarter of all common cold illnesses. But occasionally, coronaviruses, like COVID-19, circulate in an animal reservoir and mutate just enough to…

COVID-19 - a Visual Summary of the New Coronavirus Pandemic

Information to make this video was obtained and collated from the following resources: UpToDate, CDC, WHO and journal articles from the Lancet and NEJM…

UM-NSU CARD's Let's Talk About The Coronavirus (COVID-19) Whiteboard Social Narrative Video

This social narrative about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) was created so that it could be shared with your loved ones to help get them through this situation…

DHSS Director Update: COVID-19 (March 11, 2020)

Randall W. Williams, MD, FACOG Director, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services on what you should know…

COVID-19 Information By and For People with Disabilities

What is COVID-19? How do you get it? What happens if you have it?

ODDS COVID-19 Info

The Office of Developmental Disabilities  COVID-19 Info…

Important Things to Know about COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

A coronavirus is a type of germ. You can only see germs with a microscope, and they can make you sick.  There are many kinds of coronavirus…

What Parents Need to Know About Coronavirus

COVID-19, caused by a novel coronavirus, is a global pandemic. As cases increase nationally and globally, you might be wondering if you should be worried. Below are answers to some frequently asked questions about COVID-19…

Activities to do with your child

20 Screen-Free Things To Do With Your Kids Indoors When School is Closed

Let’s take these difficult times as they come and try to focus on the positive rather than negative. Spending time at home allows you to spend some quality time with your children, which you may not have otherwise been able to have…

Virtual Field Trips

See inside the San Digeo Zoo, Yellowstone National Park, The Louvre, and more.

Boredom Busters: 110 Fun At-Home Activities for Families & Kids

Challenge your kids to do one activity every day…

Duolingo

Learn A New Language.

Project Kid

Crafts and activities for everyone…

Activities To Do At Home As A Family

or the times when you are stuck indoors for longer periods of time, you may need an extra creative boost to think of enough games, crafts, projects, and content to keep your energetic little ones engaged…

Kid Yoga

Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation designed specially for kids aged 3+, used in schools and homes all over the world…

Learn Oragami

Our website is the place to find diagrams to fold from, shop for origami books, paper, and downloadable diagrams…

At Home Dance Class

Miss Melodee invites children to engage in dramatic and symbolic play promoting cognitive development through song and dance…

How to Make a Terrarium (and Keep it Alive)

As satisfying as a well-written recipe, a smart and thoughtful DIY is our kind of lunch break reading. Bonus points if it’s an easy project AND teaches us how to make something beautiful.

Earthcam: Travel the globe through live webcams

We know our clients depend on EarthCam to virtually travel. EarthCam is open for business and will continue to add new cameras so you can discover, explore and connect with our amazing world…

Boston Childrens Museum Virtual Tour

Take a tour of our entire facility…

Boston Childrens Museum Virtual Tour

Take a tour of our entire facility…

Watch the Monterrey Bay Sea Otter Cam At Any Time Of Day

Wondering where our resident otters are? With the Aquarium closed to visitors, we have a unique and exciting opportunity to let the stranded pups we usually keep behind the scenes explore our Sea Otter exhibit…

National Aquarium Live Broadcast

Welcome to Blacktip Reef, where you’ll find blacktip sharks darting at the water’s surface while brilliantly colored fish weave throughout intricate corals and graceful rays skim the sandy floor in a recreation of a delicately balanced Indo-Pacific reef…

Explore Africa By Checking Out This African Wildlife Cam

Welcome to the watering hole at Mpala Research Centre in the highlands of central Kenya! Watch elephants, hippos, giraffes, Grevy’s zebras, gazelles, crocodiles, leopards and many other species take a drink (or a quick dip)…

Story Jumper: Write and Design a Book

Become a published author. Don’t let your stories be forgotten…

Watch a Live-Stream of Puppies

Puppy Playroom at Warrior Canine Connection…

Create a High Production DIY Photoshoot with Kids

A fun way to stretch your photography skills and make unique pictures. Have some family fun by incorporating your kids into the process…

Photography For Kids: Activities They Can Do!

You may not be able to teach them as many skills at this age but you can familiarize them with a camera and give them different activities they can do…

Giant list of ideas for being home with kids

For: actual quarantine, school closures, weekend social distancing, anytime!

Movement Powers Change

GoNoodle® engages 14 million kids every month with movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts. Available for free at school, home, and everywhere kids are!

Fluency & Fitness

Fluency and Fitness® helps students review essential K-2 reading and math topics, while providing a movement break…

Home School Hideout

10 easy outdoor activities for kids…

How to help with behavior

Challenging Behaviors Tool Kit

Sometimes, people with autism display behaviors that are challenging to understand and address. The Challenging Behaviors Tool Kit will provide you with strategies and resources to address these behaviors

How to explain COVID-19 to your child

Great Article for Adults to Help With Talking to Kids About Coronavirus

News of the coronavirus COVID-19 is everywhere, from the front page of all the papers to the playground at school. Many parents are wondering how to bring up the epidemic…

Audio Story for Kids - Explaining the Pandemic, Plus Printable Comic Strip

Kids, this comic is for you. It’s based on a radio story that NPR education reporter Cory Turner did. He asked some experts what kids might want to know about the new coronavirus discovered in China…

Free, Printable Social Story About the Coronavirus

Visual resource with simple easy explanations on COVID-19…

Teach Your Kids About Coronavirus

It can be scary to hear about a disease outbreak, but learning the facts can help ease your mind…

Coronavirus Story

Sometimes we get sick…

Coronavirus Story - Spanish

A veces nos enfermamos…

Coronavirus Story - Vietnamese

Đôi khi chúng ta bị bệnh

Story About Pandemics and the Coronavirus - Carol Gray

This story is about pandemics and Coronavirus. A pandemic is when many people in a large area become sick. A pandemic is usually caused by a new virus.

I am a virus, cousins with the flu and the common cold

Story for kids with sections they can fill out as an interactive activity that will help explain COVID-19…

Talking to Teens and Tweens About Coronavirus

Experts offer advice on how parents can help adolescents get the facts straight and be prepared…

When to go to the doctor

As Coronavirus Spreads, Experts Explain When to Call a Doctor, How Testing Works and More

As COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, continues to spread around the world, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has advised organizations to prepare…

What To Do if You Are Sick

Steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you are sick

How to do school at home

General Information About Educational Planning While Schools Are Closed, With Helpful Links to Other Resources

If your local school district closes during the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, you may be faced with a number of obstacles. For children with autism, the school closure may mean disruption to learning support services…

Overwhelmed by all the ideas? We put them in one place for you, by subject.

This week has been nothing short of incredible, in the best and worst meanings of the word. On the one hand, our lives have been turned upside down. And on the other, our friends and neighbors are stepping up in ways we never thought possible…

Tools for Engaging, Hands-on Learning

Top Museums You Can Tour Online for Free, Historical Movies For Kids (with Reviews!), Free Math Cheat Sheet For Grades 4-8, The Best Educational Apps for PreK & More…

Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing

PreK – 9th with reading, videos, and activites.

Learn Computer Science When Schools Are Closed

You can continue to learn at home while schools are closed. Try out fun computer science tutorials, watch videos about computer science concepts, and even build your own projects!

Science experiments

If you’re looking for some fun science experiments for kids then you’ve come to the right place. Check out our free experiments section, full of fascinating hands-on experiments that are a great way to enjoy the world of science…

300,000+ FREE printable worksheets from toddlers to teens

Take the work and expense out of doing school at home with our vast collection of free worksheets for kids! We not only have free worksheets, but we also have  hands-on activites,  printable games, and more to make learning FUN!

Math practice from counting to algebra and geometry

Developed by MIT graduates since 2003, MathScore helps students acquire a deep understanding of math by providing adaptive math practice that functions like self-guided lessons…

Tips for parenting during COVID-19

Guide to Managing Self-Quarantine and Social Distancing

Many in the autism community have expressed concern and anxiety about what they can expect and how they can safely engage in self-quarantine or social distancing…

Helping Homebound Children during the COVID-19 Outbreak

For an individual child, being homebound can serve as an opportunity to spend time with family, but also can result in insufficient physical activity, irregular sleep patterns, weight gain, and decreased fitness. As many parents know, boredom and frustration are common during time required to be home and inside…

Parenting Tips From the Washington Post

If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed and struggling to keep up with the ever-growing list of cancellations, closures and other news surrounding the novel coronavirus…

Parenting Tips From a Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician

It is a well-known fact that children thrive when there are routines. This time of year most children wake up, get dressed, eat their breakfast, head off to school…

State Crisis Care: For Parents to Reach Out to if They Feel Like They Need Help Keeping Their Children Safe

Some communities have Crisis Care, which is a free service to families and is designed to alleviate immediate crisis or emergency situations, but is also designed to enhance the family’s capability…

What should the autism community know about the coronavirus outbreak?

Healthy habits can help protect you and your family. This includes good handwashing, limiting contact with people who are sick and keeping an appropriate distance from others…

The Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope With the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

This guide from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network includes age-specific tips for helping children cope with stress…

4 reasons why special needs parents are better equipped than everyone else to handle Coronavirus stress

Here are the four unique ways that special needs parents are able to handle Coronavirus stress…

How to cope with disrupted family routines during COVID-19

School closures are now widespread as part of the U.S. response to the COVID-19 pandemic. While these are critical steps to protect the health of Americans, the disruption in routine for children with autism or special needs can be incredibly hard…

National Crisis Hotline: 1-800-448-3000

Please know that you are not alone. We can help you get through this.

How You and Your Kids Can De-Stress During Coronavirus

A few weeks ago, my eight-year-old daughter made a glitter jar for my students: “Tell them that when their brain has a glitter storm, they can shake this up and take deep breaths as the glitter falls.” We could all use some help settling our glitter right now…

Tips for managing children during COVID-19

Tips that may help you manage your child/children during Covid-19 closures, social distancing, and isolation.

Tips for managing children during COVID-19 - Spanish

Tips that may help you manage your child/children during Covid-19 closures, social distancing, and isolation.

Tips for managing children during COVID-19 - Vietnamese

Tips that may help you manage your child/children during Covid-19 closures, social distancing, and isolation.

Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope With the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

At this time, information about COVID-19 is rapidly evolving as new details are confirmed and new question emerge. In the event of an outbreak in you rocmmunity, as a parent/caregiver, your first concern is about how to protect and take care of your children and family…

Staying Healthy Together

We know just how imperative it is that we all work together and do what we can to keep each other healthy and safe. Likewise, as many of us follow the guidelines of social-distancing, it is important that we support each other during this challenging time…

10 recommendations from the International Disability Alliance

In the light of the COVID19 pandemic and its disproportionate impact on persons with disabilities, the International Disability Alliance (IDA) has compiled the following list of the main barriers that persons with disabilities face in this emergency situation along with some practical solutions and recommendations…

Devereux: Helping families with special needs during a public health crisis

As a mother of a daughter with autism and intellectual disabilities, as well as a professional in the human services field, I am all too familiar with the unique challenges facing families of individuals with special needs.

Devereux: Helping families with special needs during a public health crisis

As a mother of a daughter with autism and intellectual disabilities, as well as a professional in the human services field, I am all too familiar with the unique challenges facing families of individuals with special needs.

The American Academy of Pediatrics Advises Parents Experiencing Stress over COVID-19

The American Academy of Pediatrics today advises parents facing stressors over COVID-19 to practice self-care, to reach out to others for help, and to use healthy discipline techniques, such as time-outs…

CDC: Stress and Coping

The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger…

Psychology Today: Parenting During COVID-19

Coronavirus. COVID-19. Social distancing. A week ago these were obscure, unknown terms. Now our social media feeds are littered with them. We are being inundated with information. And then inundated again, because things change hour to hour…

6 Ways to Protect Yourself and Your Family from Anxiety About the Coronavirus

We walk around with masks on. We stand in line inside the restroom waiting patiently to wash our hands for the suggested 25 seconds. Costco lines are out the door, and the shelves for hand sanitizer, bleach wet wipes and toilet paper are empty…

Coronavirus Impact – Home All Day – Basic Supports and Strategies to Get us Through and Keep us Sane

Learn strategies for supporting individuals on the autism spectrum experiencing school closures and changes in routine due to the 2020 outbreak…

First-Then Boards for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

The Autism Treatment Network (ATN) and The Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health (AIR-P) Visual Supports Tool Kit for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder provides strategies you can use to improve your communication with your child…

Tableros "Primero-Después" para niños con TEA

El Manual de ayudas visuales de la Red de Tratamiento del Autismo y la Red de Investigación sobre la Salud Física para la Intervención en el Autismo (AIR-P) para niños con trastornos del espectro autista le ofrece estrategias que puede utilzar para mejorar la conunicacion con su hijo. Este video destaca la seccion del tablero “Primero-Después” del manual. Un video relacionado se centra en la sección “Programa Visual.” Puede resultar útil leer el Manual de apoyos visuales completo de ATN/Air-P, que está disponible gratuitamente en AutismSpeaks.org…

Programa Visual para niños con TEA

El Manual de ayudas visuales de la Red de Tratamiento del Autismo y la Red de Investigación sobre la Salud Física para la Intervención en el Autismo (AIR-P) para niños con trastornos del espectro autista le ofrece estrategias que puede utilzar para mejorar la conunicacion con su hijo. En este video se hace hincapié en la seccion “Programa visual” del manual. Un video relacionado se centra en la sección del cartel “Primero-Despues.” Puede resultar útil leer el Manual de apoyos visuales completo de ATN/Air-P, que está disponible gratuitamente en AutismSpeaks.org…

Visual Schedule for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

The Autism Treatment Network (ATN) and The Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health (AIR-P) Visual Supports Tool Kit for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder provides strategies you can use to improve your communication with your child…

Supporting others with autism during COVID-19

My autism and dealing with the coronavirus pandemic

Being thrown off your routine and struggling with unexpected transitions can be a challenge for anyone…

Support Individuals With Autism During the COVID-19 Crisis

All children and young adults require support from caregivers during times of stress and uncertainty, such as those we are facing now…

How To Talk About COVID-19 With People Who Have Autism

Parents and caretakers of people with intellectual or developmental disabilities such as autism face unique hurtles in communicating about the coronavirus pandemic…

Toolkits and other resources

Visual Supports and ASD from Autism Speaks

This brochure introduces parents, caregivers, and professionals
to visual supports and provides instruction on how to use them
effectively…

Visual Impairment Resource

Lighthouse Guild offers other programs and resources for parents and teens with our tele-support groups. Through our National Tele-Support Network for Parents of Children with Visual Impairment…

ATN/AIR-P Guide to Managing Constipation in Children

Many children have constipation. Children with autism might have more problems with constipation than other children…

3-5 year old printable schedule

Laminate and place on the fridge or wall or print a blank copy (last 3 pages) and place it inside a plastic sleeve to use each day and write your own activities in the blanks provided…

6-9 year old printable schedule

Laminate and place on the fridge or wall or print a blank copy (last 3 pages) and place it inside a plastic sleeve to use each day and write your own activities in the blanks provided…

Social Distancing Journal

This is such a unique time that we are living in, but one day it will be a distant memory. Keeping a journal, either online or on paper, will give you something to look back on and share with future generations.

Disability and Health Emergency Preparedness

Emergencies and disasters can strike quickly and without warning, forcing people to quickly leave or be confined in their home unexpectedly…

Substance Abuse And Mental Health Services Administration COVID-19 Resources

SAMHSA recognizes the challenges posed by the current COVID-19 situation and is providing the following guidance and resources to assist individuals, providers, communities, and states across the country…

What do Older Adults and People with Disabilities Need to Know?

People who are 65 or older are more likely to have serious COVID-19 illness. This may be because immune systems change with age, making it harder to fight off diseases and infection…

NAMI COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information and Resources

We get it. It’s hard to sift through the messages and information coming at us. Worse, the “unknown unknown” (not knowing what you don’t even know) can cause even greater anxiety for those of us who are panic-prone…

School Closure Toolkit

This toolkit includes visual supports for children with autism to use during the COVID-19 school closures…

Online support groups and webinars hosted by Asperger / Autism Network

AANE continuously updates our event calendar so you can find the conferences, seminars, webinars and events that are of interest to you…