My COVID-19 Time Capsule: The Activity for Kids That’s Literally Breaking the Internet!

Editor’s Note:  Everyone is going crazy about this terrific free printable from Long Creations.   So creative, and the kids will LOVE it!

[Source: Long Creations]

We are all living through history right now and I thought a “time capsule” would be an amazing way to document this experience to look back on, these worksheets were created by me for my family but I wanted to share with all my fans!

Simply download the 11 page PDF, print as many copies as you wish and work with your child to fill in the sheets!

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Autism Corner: How Autism Families Are Coping With The Pandemic

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[Source:  PR Newswire]

When COVID-19 arrived in New York, Dr. Wendy Chung, principal investigator of the SPARK study and a physician in New York City, knew that this was a singular moment in time. She wanted to understand how the pandemic was affecting families with autism across the country — in real time — and then share what she found with the community. She sent SPARK study participants a quick but important survey. SPARK, the largest study of autism families in the United States, was designed to allow for this kind of rapid data collection and sharing of information.

To learn how COVID-19 is affecting the autism community, on March 20, SPARK launched a massive online survey to almost 70,000 families, and within two weeks, received responses from over 8,000. The results show that many families are coming up with innovative and successful strategies to navigate therapies, education, and daily life, whereas others are struggling to handle the new challenges.

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Six Age-Appropriate Books and Resources for Teaching Kids about COVID-19

[Source: MindShift]

Schools are closed, teachers are adapting to distance learning, and many parents are juggling child care with remote work. Meanwhile, kids are at home navigating lots of news, as well as plenty of hoaxes, about the global pandemic that has radically altered their days. What do they need to know to understand current events without being overwhelmed?

“We always recommend that kids get their information about the news from important adults, not directly from the news,” said Jamie Howard, a senior clinical psychologist in the Anxiety Disorders Center at the Child Mind Institute and the director of the Center’s Trauma and Resilience Service. Here are six age-appropriate books, videos and lesson plans that teachers and parents can use to help young people understand COVID-19 and its effects.

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DeVos Weighs Waivers for Special Education. Parents Are Worried

[Source:  The New York Times]

The $2 trillion coronavirus law could give the education secretary the power to waive special education rules as school districts struggle to teach all their students online.

Tucked away in the $2 trillion coronavirus stabilization bill is a provision that allows Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to seek congressional approval to waive parts of the federal special education law while schools combat the coronavirus pandemic.

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School Psych Corner: Focusing on Student Well-Being in Times of Crisis

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As schools across the country remain closed, students with trauma, difficult home situations, and anxiety need support now more than ever. The abrupt change can trigger stress and fear in students that can leave mental scars.

A framework of safety is critical for students’ brains and can be the first phase of healing for those experiencing trauma. Help students feel safe through the three Cs: communication, consistency, and control.

According to one study, “Simply talking about our problems and sharing our negative emotions with someone we trust can be profoundly healing—reducing stress, strengthening our immune system, and reducing physical and emotional distress.”

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