We are committed to supporting you and your family during the difficult COVID-19 situation.
To help you filter and make sense of the masses of information available at the moment, we will share what we think are some of the best resources and links via this page and our regular newsletters.
Last updated 22nd May 2020
We frequently use social stories as a useful, visual way of explaining confusing situations or experiences.
From explaining why school is closed to having a key worker parent to Coronavirus itself – we’ve got it all covered.
Click below to browse and download:
These videos are great visual explanations of what is happening at the moment:
Adapting to lockdown
We are now several weeks into lockdown and the end of restrictions may seem a long way off so it can be easy to lose your motivation. Follow the steps below to make life easier, whether you are working from home, homeschooling, dealing with bored & frustrated children (or adults!), providing care for a vulnerable individual or shielding…
1. Create structure
Your early enthusiasm for planning a routine may be starting to wane now, but try your hardest to persevere as sticking to a timetable can be the key to success!
Read how to achieve this in our @home newsletter, Creating Structure & Routine in Chaotic Times and click below for useful templates to use at home:
2. Acknowledge emotions
Lockdown restrictions and social distancing are causing us to all experience strong and sometimes uncontrollable emotions.
We cover this topic in our second @home newsletter House of Emotions which is packed full of practical suggestions and links.
Read the below Coping Strategies section for more of our practical suggestions.
3. Use Sensory Activities
Sensory play is crucial for learning and brain development but it’s also a brilliant method of regulating emotions and relaxing.
Our free video tutorials include yoga, breathing exercises, make-your-own sensory tools and even baking.
Plus, our activity book, Make, Bake, Feel Great! is available now…
Sometimes stressful or upsetting situations are unavoidable so here are some tools you can use to address any difficult behaviour or emotional meltdowns when they happen…
Encourage your loved one to fill in a card similar to this where they can write down their feelings. Talk about what triggers cause these feelings.
Together come up with some activities to do to diffuse any negative behaviour. This can be anything they enjoy or that relaxes them.
Proactively use coping strategies so they are familiar and tried/tested before they are needed!
Worry boxes, breathing & relaxation exercises, journals and safe spaces are all great techniques to practice.
Mental Health support
Lockdown is a time of anxiety and emotional unrest for everyone (regardless of whether you’ve previously suffered with mental health issues) so it’s important to take a bit of time to look after ourselves.
Use the links below to access some great resources:
For kids… BBC Newsround have put together a piece on mental health in lockdown
Mental Health Foundation have loads of resources on their website
Financial support for families
If you are struggling financially then there are organisations who can support you, here are a few we are aware of:
- Northsound Cash for Kids – funding available for essentials (supporting professional required)
- Buttle UK – children’s grants (supporting professional required)
- Fuel Poverty relief – N Power, Heat through warmth, EDF Trust or British Gas Energy Trust
- Family Fund – for families with disabled children
- Archie Foundation – for families with sick children
- Action for Kids – mobility equipment
- Education Maintenance Allowances (EMAs) provide financial support to eligible 16 to 19 year olds who want to continue learning.
- Take A Break – respite holidays for carers of disabled child or young person.
- Happy Days Children’s Charity – respite and holidays
We are constantly pulling together lots more great links and resources to help get you through this evolving situation. Keep checking this page for more practical activities to help your family stay self-regulated and balanced.
Stay safe, stay SensationALL!