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Parent Support Resources During Covid-19

Parent Support Resources During Covid-19
Posted on 04/14/2020
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We know that this time period is challenging for families. Find a collection here of timely support resources during the Covid-19 crisis including links, scholarly articles, tips, and recommendations for supporting the emotional needs of families. We hope the information below will help you to take care of yourselves, and to support the emotional well-being of your kids as you manage an array of new challenges and frustrations.


Contact our Counselors or Administrators if we can be of assistance to you with AMI coursework, student support, and other concerns.


Visit the Arkansas Department of Health website for reports about Covid-19 in Arkansas.


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Helping Your Child Cope with Covid-19, Managing Reactions by Age

Your children may respond differently depending on their age. Below are some reactions according to age groups and the best way to respond.
Read the full resource from Cooper-Anthony Mercy Child Advocacy Center, here.
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Nothing About Life Today is Just Fine, Ask and Listen!

Being there for one another starts with a meaningful inquiry about the things that matter. Ask yourself, and others how things are going in five critical aspects of life, “How’s Your Five?” Then, be prepared to listen! “I’ll Listen” is more than two words. It’s more than a collection of resources. It’s the promise that we are in this together and we will get through it together. In the face of unimaginable difficulties, there is no better time to revisit and recommit to asking, “How’s Your Five,” and expressing “I’ll Listen.”
Read the full resource from Cooper-Anthony Mercy Child Advocacy Center, here.
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Online Safety for Kids During Covid-19

Parents are encouraged to connect with their children’s online lives.   Children and teenagers need guidance about what they can do online, including how often and when they can use technology, what platforms they can use to post content, and appropriate privacy settings.
Read the full resource from Cooper-Anthony Mercy Child Advocacy Center, here.
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What to Say to Kids When the News is Scary

NPR's Life Kit spoke with a handful of child development experts about what parents, teachers and other caregivers can do to help prepare and protect kids from all the scary news out there, whether it's fighting overseas, a school shooting, devastating wildfire or a global pandemic. Here's what those experts had to say … read more from NPR.org.
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Know the Facts About Coronavirus: Stop the Spread of Rumors
Stay informed, and help keep your family educated about facts vs. fiction regarding Covid-19.
The CDC has an excellent resource to guide this conversation, here.
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Explaining the Coronavirus to Kids

News of the coronavirus COVID-19 is everywhere, from the front page of all the papers to the playground at school. Many parents are wondering how to bring up the epidemic in a way that will be reassuring and not make kids more worried than they already may be. Find advice from the experts at the Child Mind Institute.
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10 Tips for Talking about Coronavirus with your Kids, from PBS

PBS provides valuable tips for helping kids and teens feel safe, while also giving them true facts about Covid-19. Families are not alone in experiencing uncertainty about how much to say, to one of our most vulnerable age groups.

Read more, here.
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Stress and Coping

The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger. See more information from the CDC, here.
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Tips for Communities, for Managing Anxiety Around Covid 19

If you’re noticing anxiety in yourself or those around you these days, you’re not alone. With mention of COVID-19 (commonly known as coronavirus) filling radio and television news, social media feeds, and our email inboxes, it’s no wonder we’re all anxious. Between the uncertainty, the real health risks, and the hype, fear and anxiety are feelings that are both valid and common. We wanted to provide you with a few ideas for managing those feelings.
See valuable tips from the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence.
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Covid-19 Resources for School Communities

The Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence has created an outstanding page full of webinars and scholarly articles from leading psychologists across the U.S. - with tips, ideas, and support for coping with stress, anxiety, and day-to-day activities during Coronavirus.
See all links and resources, here.
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Talking with Children About Coronavirus Disease
As public conversations Covid-19 increase, children may worry about themselves, their family, and friends getting ill. Parents, family members, school staff, and other trusted adults can play an important role in helping children make sense of what they hear in a way that is honest, accurate, and minimizes anxiety or fear. The CDC has created guidance to help adults have conversations with children about Covid-19 and ways they can avoid getting and spreading the disease. Read more … here.
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Talking with Children about Coronavirus; A Parent Resource from the National Association of School Nurses and the National Association of School Psychologists 

It is very important to remember that children look to adults for guidance on how to react to stressful events. If parents seem overly worried, children’s anxiety may rise. Parents should reassure children that health and school officials are working hard to ensure that people throughout the country stay healthy. However, children also need factual, age appropriate information about the potential seriousness of disease risk and concrete instruction about how to avoid infections and spread of disease. Teaching children positive preventive measures, talking with them about their fears, and giving them a sense of some control over their risk of infection can help reduce anxiety. Read more, here.
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Handwashing, Make it a Fun Family Activity

Parents and caretakers play an important role in teaching children to wash their hands. Handwashing can become a lifelong healthy habit if you start teaching it at an early age. Teach kids the five easy steps for handwashing—wet, lather, scrub, rinse and dry—and the key times to wash hands, such as after using the bathroom or before eating. You can find ways to make it fun, like making up your own handwashing song or turning it into a game. Learn more from the CDC, here.
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Continuing the Learning for Students at Home, from the Arkansas Department of Education

Find a collection of links to resources created to help supplement AMI activities at home from the ADE, here.
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Top Online Support Websites & Resources for AMI Coursework, from the Arkansas Department of Education

Find another collection of innovative and unique AMI links and support from the ADE, including virtual field trips, online exercises for kids, creative games, content-specific challenges and discussion prompts, and more from the ADE, here. 

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