Family's Health

Support for children

Baby
Young Children
Teens
Education
Autism
 

Support if you have a baby

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Coping with crying babies

During this challenging time stress levels at home may be increased. Please follow the ICON guidance for coping with crying.

 

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Support with breastfeeding

From a Breastfeeding Friend to websites with advice, you can get lots of support online or call the National Helpline on 0300 100 0212.

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COVID-19) and caring for your baby

The latest advice on coronavirus (COVID-19) for if you are pregnant or have a young child.

 

Support if you have young children

Keeping your child safe online


With children and young people being educated at home there may be more opportunity for more unsupervised internet access. There is a lot of support available to keep your child safe online:

  • thinkuknow- advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online

  • Net-aware - support for parents and careers from the NSPCC

 

 

Ideas for enjoyable activities

 

Try to make time to unwind and do things that give you a little boost. We've got lots of ideas for kids' activities here and ideas for kids' exercises here).

 Useful resources 

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Young Minds - starting conversation

What's the best way to encourage your child to open up? Have a look at some of the conversation starters on the Young Minds website.

 

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Helping children cope with stress during COVID-19

Information leaflet from the World Health Organisation.

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Children's Guide to Coronavirus

A guide that aims to answer children’s questions about coronavirus, tell children how to stay safe and protect other people and how to help them make the best of their time at home.

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Kooth online counselling

Kooth offer free, safe and anonymous online counselling for young people.

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Coronavirus online comic

Free, printable online comic available about coronavirus worry. 

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Dave the dog

A Southampton intensive care nurse has created a book to help reduce anxiety in children caused by the Coronavirus outbreak.

 

Support for teenagers

Keeping your teenager safe online


With teenagers being educated at home there may be more opportunity for more unsupervised internet access. There is a lot of support available to keep your child safe online:

  • Thinkyouknow - advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online

  • Net-aware - support for parents and careers from the NSPCC

 Useful resources 

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Kooth online counselling

Kooth offer free, safe and anonymous online counselling for young people.

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Podcast - managing screen time

Providing advice about how to manage screen time while working from home and sharing information about some helpful apps that can support you with this.

 

Education

Useful resources

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Podcast for parents - supporting education

A useful podcast that explore's what's being good enough in supporting your children’s education at home.

 

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Chatterpack

ChatterPack is a voluntary-run, special educational needs and disabilities hub.  We work hard to support families, schools, and other professionals. A list of free, online, boredom-busting resources

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National Numeracy - help with maths 

Free activities to help families keep up with their maths together during school closures.  he pack, containing 28 activities for children aged between 4 and 11.

 

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BBC Bitesized daily

Daily lessons for homeschooling in maths and English for every year group, as well as regular lessons in science, history, geography and more.

Advice relating to Coronavirus for families living with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

In the current climate, where a global pandemic is taking up most of the media conversation, it can be even more difficult to manage anxiety. Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new virus that is impacting everyone’s lives. 

We wanted to provide you with some information and resources to help you deal with this difficult time.

 

Anxiety and autism

We know that changes to routine, uncertainty, the sensory challenges of increased handwashing and the general anxiety of the situation can have a big impact for people with autism.

Most of us will have concerns at the moment but for people with autism this can often be heightened.

This anxiety can lead to meltdowns or may have a significant impact on their mental health and ability to cope.

Ideas for support:

 

Clarity – Keep it clear and simple and answer any questions using official government advice as detailed here.

Carry on – Familiarity and routine may be important to many people with autism, as well as the quality of their social interactions. Wherever possible, help them safeguard their routines, or help them to build new ones, as long as they are in line with the official government advice. Keeping to their usual timetable may help with this, with changes made as appropriate – for example, sticking to usual office and break hours if instructed to work from home.

 

Sensory opportunities – As part of a daily routine it may be helpful to provide opportunities for your child/young person to engage in enjoyable sensory activities. For further information and ideas please visit the National Autistic Society and Autism.org

Special interests – People with autism often have defined special interests. If changes mean that they cannot undertake these interests (e.g. cancellation of sporting events), help them find other ways to connect with these interests for example joining in with the activities online.

 

Changes – Be aware that changes to daily routines are not easy for many people with autism. Support them however you can in order to ease the impact of any change, whether due to self-isolation or due to the closure of events, workplaces, or schools.

 

Contact – Keep in contact with friends and family via text, email, or video call may help prevent people from feeling socially isolated or excluded.

 

Time – People with autism may need more time and your support to manage the changes effectively.

Useful links and resources

 
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National Autistic Society

The NAS has produced more information about what you can do to support yourself or your relative during this time of disruption.

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Coronavirus - Social Story

Helps explain the current situation in a simple way that children can understand.

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Mencap - Coronavirus information

EasyRead information about coronavirus.

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