Other Resources

The next few weeks will be a challenge for parents.  You will have to help your child understand that this break is not a vacation or a snow day, without unnecessarily scaring them.  We've collected the following resources to help you.    These resources came from our friend and alumna Nicole (Bordner) Williams.  Nikki is a doctoral student in psychology at The Ohio State University and a BCBA.

Ideas for Electives

From our "Specials" Teachers

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For the next few weeks, our specials’ teachers have created a list of activities for our students to complete while at home. We would like for each student to complete at least one activity, per week. You can cross them off as you do them. You don’t have to go in order. It’s really that simple.

Parent Resources

National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) Guide on Talking to Children on COVID-19

Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource

Please follow this link to find tips and suggestions for parents regarding the current events. This is a wonderful parent resource.  There are additional links to resources on coping strategies regarding these current events. 

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center 

OSU Medical Center- Talk to your kids!

How to talk to your children about the coronavirus and ease their anxiety

Autism Research Institute 

Home All Day: Webinar

Webinar on 3/18/2020, 1 PM EST. Schedule changes and unexpected closings due to the spread of Coronavirus can present special challenges for individuals on the autism spectrum. Tune in to hear ideas for erasing anxiety, scheduling daily activities, and staying busy during challenging times 

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network 


Provides information for parents and caregivers about infectious disease outbreaks in your community. Knowing important information about the outbreak and learning how to be prepared can reduce stress and help calm likely anxieties. This resource will help parents and caregivers think about how an infectious disease outbreak might affect their family— both physically and emotionally—and what they can do to help their family cope.

Social Distancing

Quarantine/Social Distancing 

Social Distancing 

Giant list of ideas for being home with kids 

Social Distancing: This is not a snow day! 

Social Distancing

Information about flattening the curve 


Video Modeling for Hand Washing 

Video On Teaching Hand Washing 

A resource that describes how to teach hand 

washing to students.  

Hand Washing Tips

Hand Washing

This is a hand washing resource for parents 

to refer to. 

ABA Visualized

Handwashing 2

Task Analysis for Handwashing with Pictures 

Scheduling and Home Supports

Example Daily Schedule

Daily Schedule 

This is an example daily schedule to use for students during time off.  This will assist parents in keeping a routine going for students.

Weekly Scheduling Template (Free) 

Weekly Scheduling Template

Here is another scheduling resource.  This is a template from Teachers Pay Teachers. You can print this template and write in plans by day to continue with a consistent and predictable routine.

Teach Mama 

Daily Schedules

A variety of daily schedules for your child/children 

Big Life Journal 

My Daily Learning Projects

This includes a visual for daily learning projects that can be filled out each day. 

Autism Research Institute 

Home all Day: Basic Supports

Home all day-- basic supports and strategies to get us through and keep us sane 

Camp Discovery 

Camp Discovery 

This app is free and only requires an e-mail to set up. It uses behavior analytic strategies within the app (e.g., errorless learning, within stimulus prompts, error corrections) and offers a variety of skills to work on (e.g., sight words, color id, letter id, emotions, body parts) 

100 Free Coping Strategies 

100 Coping Strategies For Kids 

Here is a list of 100 coping strategies that may be helpful! While your child is at home, practice these different coping strategies! You don't have to use the term "coping strategy," rather you can just frame it as doing something fun. This is from Teachers pay Teachers 

Social Stories and other Resources

Social Story for Young Learners (Prek-2)

Young Student Social Story

This is a very basic social story for our young learners. It provides simple pictures and a limited amount of words for young students to understand why they do not have school. 

Basic Picture Social Story 

Social Story #2

This is a basic social story with pictures that describe the virus. This social story provides step by step ways to keep safe with clean hygiene practice and interaction with peers. 

My Coronavirus Story 

Social Story #3

This is another social story that uses pictures and words to describe the virus. Additionally, this also discusses how schools may close. 

All About COVID-19 

Social Story #4

Here’s a free social story and comprehension check, with pictures, that can be downloaded for free from Teachers Pay Teachers 

One Page Description for Parents to Read to Students 

One Page Description 

This is a one page description to explain why students are not in school. This also addressed why students may do some school work from home. Parents can use the language presented in this description to help facilitate conversation with their child..

Youtube Video Story by Julia Cook on COVID-19

The Yucky Bug

A story called The Yucky Bug illustrated by students from an elementary school. The well-known author, Julia Cook wrote this story with the help of some creative students!

HuffPost Life 


How to talk to your kids about the disease 

Talking to Your Child About the Virus

Talking to Children About the Virus

This is a resource on how to talk to students about the virus. 

Autism Speaks Resource 

Autism Speaks Resource on COVID-19

This is a resource on how parents can address the overall COVID-19 concern with their child. 

Child Feeling Anxious? 

Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus

 Here’s some great information if your child is feeling anxious about Coronavirus. This is a comic that provides great information to kids

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