Resources for Adults

Autism Research Institute’s Coping with the Covid-19 Pandemic
Disruptions to personal and professional lives, schedule changes, and school closings present unique challenges individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. Select the above link to access resources aimed at reducing anxiety and restoring a sense of routine during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Free Guide Available in 40 Languages: Living with worry and anxiety amidst global uncertainty
Our world is changing rapidly at the moment. Given some of the news coverage it is difficult not to worry about what it all means for yourself, and for those you love. The free guide referenced in the above link includes a mixture of psychoeducation about normal and excessive worry, lots of normalization, and a selection of practical exercises anyone can use to manage worry and maintain well-being in these uncertain times.


Health Care Access Research and Developmental Disabilities
Resources from around the world and information to support people with developmental disabilities and their families during the COVID-19 Pandemic.


How to talk to people with Developmental Disabilities about COVID-19
Many people have found this article find helpful regarding how can you support people with developmental disabilities to understand what is happening and to cope with the sudden changes in their lives.


What’s Up? Wednesdays: COVID-19 Information in Plain Language
A weekly webinar for people with developmental disabilities on Wednesdays from 2-3 pm until June 3. People can send in questions by phone, email, or social media.



Resources Specific to Parents/Guardians:

Check Your Choices
These videos were created by John Howard Society of Waterloo Wellington in the spirit of supporting families during COVID-19 to encourage children to be socially aware and build their social competency skills while at home.


Coronavirus DOs and DONT’s
A DOs and DONTs fact sheet designed for children.


COVID-19 Parenting Resources in over 48 languages
Parenting for Lifelong Health provides open-access online parenting resources during COVID-19 in over 48 languages. They contain ideas and tips to help children and teenagers spend time at home, keep it positive, manage the stress and more.


Explaining COVID-19 to Young Children
Click above for an interactive resource designed to help you explain COVID-19 to young children.


Explaining Coronavirus to Kids
If you’re a parent wondering how to talk to your kids about the coronavirus, here’s a video that’ll help start the conversation.


A free online resource that helps parents support their children when someone in their life is dying or has died. It equips parents with the words and confidence needed to help children grieve life’s losses in healthy ways.


Newcomer Parent Resource Series: Available in 16 Languages
Refugee parents come to Canada with unique settlement needs, and language barriers that make it challenging to get information to support their parenting, children’s development, and the health and safety of their family here in Canada. Select the link above for a series of 14 parent resources, available in the 16 languages most commonly spoken by refugee families here in Canada!


Resources for LGBTQ2+ identified children, teens, and their families.


Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with COVID-19 
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has translated this fact sheet in Spanish and Chinese. This resource helps parents and caregivers think about how an infectious disease outbreak might affect their family—both physically and emotionally—and what they can do to help their family cope.


Parenting in a Pandemic
From ACE Coalation, this resource includes tips to give yourself a break, play with your children and build connection.  Have fun with your kids with the included Connection Bingo game.


Parenting Now
This is an article that outlines tips for talking to children about COVID-19. As well, the Parenting Now website is a valuable resource for parents and guardians to connect with other parents, learn new skills and ideas, and find support through local services and resources.


The Pandemic Toolkit Parents Need
This Psychology Today article outlines 8 expert tips to help families stay regulated amid the increased stress of the current pandemic.