We are committed to supporting you and your family throughout the COVID-19 situation. To help you filter and make sense of the masses of available information, we’ll share the best resources and links on this page.

**As the situation with COVID-19 evolves we advise that you check the information here is still in-keeping with government guidelines and NHS recommendations**

Last updated 24th September 2020

Explaining the virus

Coronavirus or Covid-19 is a new infection and trying to explain it to those with support needs or disabilities can be difficult.

These videos and social stories can help:

Let’s talk about Coronavirus – a social narrative

Speaking Space video explaining Coronavirus with Makaton

The Dealing with COVID-19 website has loads of visuals and guides for those working with individuals with learning difficulties.

Social distancing and PPE

The below links are great visual explanations of what is happening at the moment:

PPE explained

Sesame Street mask video

While we can’t hug – Makaton social distancing story

Practical tips

During lockdown we put together a series of newsletters that were full of useful suggestions and tips for coping with changes to structure and dealing with emotions. Even though lockdown has begun to ease, we are adapting to a ‘new normal’ so this information will still be useful:

Creating Structure & Routine in Chaotic Times

House of Emotions

Sensory Spaces.

We also created a FREE Transition Toolkit to help you adapt back into school/work etc. Click below to access the free guide and all the associated resources and templates.

Coping Strategies

Sometimes stressful or upsetting situations are unavoidable so here are some tools designed to address difficult behaviour or emotional meltdowns whenever they happen. To build resilience and as a preventative measure we recommend incorporating these types of activities into your routine…

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 like worry boxes, breathing & relaxation exercises, journals and safe spaces are all great preventative methods.

The last few months have been 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. Click on the images below to access some great resources:

For kids… BBC Newsround have a great piece on mental health in lockdown
Mental Health Foundation’s website has some brilliant resources

It is really important that parents & carers take some time out for themselves to recharge and try to relax and recharge. We mentioned how sensory practices can help you do this in our recent newsletter Sensory Spaces and to help we’ve created some “Me Time” signs you can use to let family members know when taking a bit of space…

Our Facebook page and You Tube channel have lots of useful videos with relaxation exercises, yoga and sensory activities. Here is one that is perfect for when you’re feeling overwhelmed:

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:

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!

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