Resources for Children, Youth, and Families During the Pandemic
A pandemic can be a very stressful time for youth, families and communities. It is a time when people may respond with an increased sense of stress and anxiety.
This is the time to reach out, stay connected, lean on one another, and seek support, even if we cannot be in close proximity.
Autism Unplugged Learning Centre recommends the following resources to help our clients, families, and communities. We encourage you to share this page broadly and checkback often as we will update these resources regularly.
Federal Government COVID-19 Update
This website provides the most up-to-date information on how the Government of Canada is responding to COVID-19:
Provincial Government COVID-19 Update
This website provides the most up-to-date information on how the province is responding to COVID-19:
Provincial Government School Funding
The Ministry of Education is providing financial support to parents to assist with the costs of educational resources during school and child care closures as a result of Ontario’s declared emergency to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Parents are eligible for a one-time per child payment of:
$200 for children aged 0-12, or
$250 for children with special needs aged 0-21.
Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)
If you stopped working because of COVID-19, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) may provide you with temporary income support. The CERB provides $500 a week for up to 16 weeks. Information here.
How to Talk to Children About COVID-19
This article helps parents understand how to communicate with their children about COVID-19 to reduce worry and anxiety:
How Parents Can Support Young Children
This article provides parents with tips on how to nurture and protect their children at home:
How Parents can Support Teenagers and Young Adults
This article provides parents with some tips on how support the teenagers and young adults in their life:
How To Cope with Anxiety and Stress
This article helps to understand what stress and anxiety is, what it can look like and what we can do if we are experiencing it for ourselves or our family members:
Tension Release Exercise
How you can help your body to feel less stress and anxious:
12 Instant Stress Busters
Try these tips to help you manage stress and anxiety in the moment:
Learn how to use your breath to help you feel calmer and less stressed:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AmJNbTR7d_s (background info)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEZ8saVbC_A (breathe in and out with square)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54EcTJSTP64 (breathe in and out on tone)
http://youtu.be/_mZbzDOpylA (video with Elmo, Collbie Callet and Common the Rapper)
How to Cope with Feeling sad, lonely, or depressed
This article helps to understand what depression is, what it can look like and what we can do if we are experiencing it for ourselves or our family members:
How to Cope with Depression during Covid-19
Ways to help you manage feeling sad, lonely or depressed.
How to Help Youth Manage Emotions
When your child’s emotions get too big, here are some ways to help calm down:
Body Scan Meditation
How a mindfulness practice can help kids become less anxious and more focused during times of stress.
The following are a list of different ways you/your child can practice mindfulness: