COVID-19 Resources and Support for Families

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CTN's team of parent mentors, service navigators and local team facilitators have compiled the resources below for children and youth with disabilities and developmental needs.

General Resources
Helpful tips and resources for families during this extraordinary time. 

Caregiver Support from Easter Seals Ontario

World Health Organization (WHO) Healthy Parenting Tips During COVID-19
Empowering Ability - Resources for Families Who Have Children with Disabilities

Tips for Explaining Pandemic to Children

York Support Services Network Support Sessions and Community Resources

Kerry's Place Resources

Autism Ontario Resources

Psychology Today - Tips to Support Children with Autism During Difficult Times
Holland Bloorview - Family Tip Sheet

Holland Blooview - Coronavirus Resources for Families

Prevention Tips in American Sign Language (ASL)

The Mighty - Keeping your Child Safe During this Time

Partners for Planning (P4P) Tips for Connecting During Social Distancing

Community Living Virtual Resource Directory

7 Strategies for Supporting Children with Autism in Difficult Times

SickKids- About Kids Health- COVID-19 Resources for Kids

Autism.org Resources for Children with autism

Educational Resources
Supporting families as distance learning happens at home.
Educational Tools and Resources from Mackenzie Health Centre for Behavioural Health Services

Activities for Kids at Home
Ideas and tips for entertaining the kids at home with educational websites, virtual recreation programs, live videos at your favourite museums and family fun.
Empower Simcoe Family Links

Kinark Autism Services Resource Kits for Children with Autism

Autism Ontario List of Family Fun and Kids Programs

30 Creative Activities for Kids from Apple

40 Field Trips That Kids Can Take from the Couch

Dr. Seuss Activities, Recipes and Games for families

Mental Health Resources and Support
New online resources and support for families across Ontario.
York Region District School Board

Ministry of Health Added Supports

Caregiver Tips

Social Stories
These social stories explain difficult ideas and concepts with images and simple language.
Autism Educator

Easter Seals - using Picture Communication Symbols (PCS)

Explaining Pandemics - Older Kids

Sesame Street- Tips for Sharing COVID-19 Information with Children

Coronavirus Book for Kids

Social Story for Older Teens and Young Adults with Developmental Disabilities
MindHeart Kids Social Story - English
MindHeart Kids Social Story - Alternate Languages

"Time to Come in Bear" - Video about Social Distancing




If you have resources to share with our team, please email them to Heather Hamilton, hhamilton@ctnsy.ca.
Disclaimer: These links are for reference only. It is not intended as a recommendation or endorsement of organizations, news sources, policies or political parties, or as a comprehensive resource list.

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