Equip Families and Caregivers
Realize that students with disabilities and English learners may face some unique challenges while remaining home and engaging in schoolwork. Provide accessible resources and regular communication with families and caregivers to support at home learning. Some of these resources are listed below.
Talking to Your Child about Coronavirus
- Guide from National Child Traumatic Stress Network on how caregivers can help their families cope
- Advice and resources from PBS.org
Tools to Reduce Anxiety of Diverse Learners At Home (Spanish)
This is certainly an anxiety-ridden time and can be additionally challenging for children who have difficulty managing anxious emotions. This guide offers 3 tips for easing anxiety and provides several printable resources for use at home.
Feeling Words Game
Build emotional smarts, one word at a time! Here’s how to play: Each of these kids has a story to tell about a time they felt something deeply. Watch these videos with your child and see if you can guess which emotions they’re describing. (GreatSchools.org)
Maintaining Routines at Home (Spanish)
Routines create a feeling of stability and safety for children. During this time of transition, it is particularly important to find ways to maintain routines that are supportive of diverse learners. This guide offers several tips for maintaining routines at home, as well as several tools for increasing routine consistency.
Teaching Children How to Ask for Our Attention
Working and learning from home are novel experiences for many families. Delineating appropriate times for play can be difficult and frustrating for children. They may express this frustration by acting out. Keep in mind that behavior is learned! Just like any other new skill, behaviors must be taught. This infographic outlines simple, yet effective steps caregivers can take to teach children a prosocial way to request attention. (Vanderbilt University)
Supporting Individuals with Autism through Uncertain Times
This online guide is full of strategies that are designed to meet the unique needs of individuals with autism during this period of uncertainty. In addition, examples and ready-made resources are included to help caregivers implement these strategies quickly and easily. Also available as a printable guide to share with families. (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Tips for Helping Your Child Learn at Home During the Coronavirus Outbreak
Great ideas for setting up an inclusive environment for learning at home.
Great resources from Understood.org focused on supporting diverse learners during at home learning:
- Find out how to use TV as a social skills tool.
- Discover fun things your child can read besides books.
- Get ideas for when you don’t have time to read with your child.
- Explore indoor activities to keep your active child busy.
- Use board games to help build important skills.
- Try some meditation apps for kids.