Wellbeing Support for Adults and Children
Currently we are experiencing an outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), which can be scary and affect our wellbeing. While it is very important to stay informed by watching the news, this can also build upon our anxiety so it is essential that adults keep themselves emotionally healthy in order to support children and young people. Feeling worried about the Coronavirus is a normal reaction to an abnormal event. The government is telling us to stay at home and only go outside for food, health reasons or essential work, to stay 2 metres (six feet) away from people and wash our hands as soon as we get home.
Here are some tips we hope will help you, your friends and your family to look after your wellbeing whilst staying at home:
- Sleeping and eating well and spending time outdoors, keeping active and fit!
- Talking to each other via phone, skype or FaceTime.
- Creating a routine for our day that priorities looking after yourselves. Try reading, watching movies, having an exercise routine or being outside in the garden.
- Being grateful for the little things in life, being gentle and kind with ourselves and others!
The following resources are freely available online and are to support adults and children and young people. Those labelled Autism-Friendly: are also useful for children who are not autistic, especially those who prefer to learn by looking.
Information about the virus:
Talking to children about the virus – advice video for adults:
How to support children from place2be and how to answer children’s questions:
Talking to children about the virus – advice for adults
How families can cope with self-isolating together:
Five ways to manage feelings provoked by news coverage of the virus:
Taking care of your own mental health:
How to support yourself when working from home:
Children and young adults:
How to explain the virus to younger children: Autism-Friendly:
How to explain the virus to older children: Autism-Friendly:
Animation with information and advice: https://www.brainpop.com/health/diseasesinjuriesandconditions/coronavirus/
National Autistic Society – guidance and helpline for parents, young people and staff:
Further information and how to support wellbeing through exercising and relaxation activities:
Exercise is known to be helpful to maintain emotional wellbeing as well as physical wellbeing. The internet has many videos to suit all ages and fitness or try The Body Coach - PE with Joe every Monday to Friday at 9am by following this link.
For relaxation there are free mindfulness colouring sheets here:
Do2learn is a free website that provides parents with social skills and behavioural regulation activities and guidance. It also includes learning songs and games, communication cards, academic material.