Parent and Caregiver Resources
TALKING TO KIDS ABOUT COVID-19
Talking to Kids about COVID-19 provides information and resources regarding how to explain COVID-19 to children of all ages (birth-18) in ways that children are able to understand.
COVIBOOK My Hero Is You - Cute story for parents to read to young children about COVID-19
Help your child deal with the loss of security and how to feel more secure.
Mayo Clinic Q&A Podcast: Back to School Recommendations
Parent-intended video, including appropriate handling and care of face coverings
Kids Health Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Helping Kids Get Used to Masks (for Parents)
GENERAL MENTAL HEALTH INFORMATION
General mental health information resources for parents on depression,
anxiety, eating disorders, suicide, AD/HD, hotlines, handouts
Provides information on mental health supports available in Michigan and basic needs resources
Mental Health Information for Parents of Teens from Mental Health First Aid
Provides parents with information regarding a broad range of mental health difficulties and supports
Mental Health America - Depression in Teens
When teens’ moods disrupt their ability to function on a day-to-day basis, it may indicate a serious emotional or mental disorder that needs attention — adolescent depression. Parents or caregivers must take action.
Strategies for parents to help kids cope with anxiety and various other mental health concerns-offers calming exercises/strategies and supports
Includes family resources and guidance for all ages.
MENTAL HEALTH HOTLINES AND HANDOUTS
Peer Support MI Mental Health Hotline connects people living with persistent mental health conditions to certified peer support specialists. Available 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. seven days a week at 888-PEER-753 (888-733-7753).
Parent handout on supporting students with mental health difficulties
Parent/Caregiver handout on supporting children during COVID-19
Parent handout with helpful information about suicide
Handout for parents with information about suicide
POSITIVE BEHAVIOR STRATEGIES
Positive behavior strategies for parents to use to improve completion of schoolwork, chores, and following directions at home.
Parent Cue Cards-quick tips/help with behavioral/emotional concerns
Resources for Families - supporting children's emotional well being and social skills across all grade levels, along with practical strategies for caring adults to actively create the nurturing environments that bolster Heart-Mind Well-being.
Academic and Mental Health Resources to help children with math, reading, financial literacy, and emotional support for students across all grade levels (K-12).
Resources include social stories, visual schedules, creating routines, mindfulness, self monitoring, task analysis, behavior awareness, and fostering connections.
The NED SHOW Responsibility Charts
The NED Show, a character education program designed to help kids become champions at school and in life, provides helpful handouts to assist children in being responsible and making positive choices at home.
PHYSICAL EXERCISE AND CALMING ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN
Physical Exercise and Yoga exercise videos and resources that families can use at home to keep children active and calm
Google Document created by physical education teachers with a variety of videos that parents can do at home. The videos include the following: dancing, general fitness, jumping, bowling,
outdoor exercise, fitness scavenger hunts, and yoga.
Fun fitness and dance videos for kids, great way to make exercise fun at home get your children moving
Fun resource to get exercise at home and in nature during COVID-19 with children-interactive and interesting for all ages. The tools and resources on the page are designed to help families enjoy
physical activity together as a way to enhance physical and emotional health and
Yoga and Mindfulness are exercises that can help calm children of all ages. These exercises are particularly helpful during stressful times.
Youtube video channel with fun yoga exercises for preschool and elementary students
MINDFULNESS AND RELAXATION
Exercise strategies that parents can use with children to help them calm down and focus on the present moment.
Cartoon video explaining how to do the 4-7-8 Breathing Exercise.
Short videos to help older students learn basic relaxation exercises and strategies
Helps teach high school students basic strategies to relax and decrease worries
Helps teach students to learn how to breathe deeply to relax
REMOTE LEARNING STRATEGIES
Remote Learning Tips for Students with AD/HD includes Strategies to Increase Success for Students with AD/HD in online/remote learning.
Resources to help children with math, reading, financial literacy, and emotional support for students across all grade levels (K-12)
Quick article that outlines helpful strategies to use supporting students in remote learning
Handout with tips for success in remote learning
Information about supporting students with disabilities during COVID-19 in remote learning, input regarding IEP meetings during COVID-19, and how IEPs will be followed during distance learning.
FREE LEARNING RESOURCES
Free Learning Resources that families can use in their home that are free or low cost to support online learning.