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Supporting Kids and Teens

All kids have experienced disruption of their normal lives and schedules. Some have handled it better than others. As caregivers, it’s hard to know what’s best for our children’s physical, mental, and emotional health. Use the trusted resources below to answer questions, address new situations, and know when it’s time for professional assistance. 
Resource Guides and Tip Sheets
Supporting Families During COVID-19 - Parent Guide
  • Source:  Child Mind Institute
JED’s Coronavirus Mental Health Guide - Resource Guide
  • Source:  JED Foundation
What Should I Look For? - Signs and Symptoms of Mental Health Problems in Children During COVID-19 - Youth Tip Sheet
  • Source:  Child Mind Institute
Coping Strategies for Children and Teens - Video
  • Dr. Gabriella Rodriguez shares coping strategies and tips to use with children and teens who are experiencing stress and anxiety
  • Source:  Be Well Indiana  
Parenting Children with Behavioral Challenges - Video
  • IU School of Nursing’s Ukamaka Oruche shares parenting and self-care tips for guardians of children with emotional and behavioral challenges.
  • Source:  Be Well Indiana 
Stories and Activities
I Have a Question about Coronavirus - Story with Pictures
Arlen Grad Gaines and Meredith Englander Polsky offer a straightforward resource to help children with Autism Spectrum Disorder or other special needs process information about COVID-19. Comic – clear answers for all kids

CNN Sesame Street coronavirus town hall - Videos

Illinois Department of Human Services – Activities and Videos for Kids

How Right Now: Ideas for 10-15 Minute Breaks
Reduce stress and improve overall health by taking breaks throughout the day. Here are some specific examples to get started:
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