COVID-19 Updates and Resources
THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS PROVIDED IN ORDER TO ASSIST OUR STUDENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES IN OBTAINING MENTAL HEALTH ASSISTANCE AND OTHER SUPPORT DURING THESE TIMES WHEN OUR SCHOOL BUILDINGS ARE CLOSED AS A RESULT OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC. WE HOPE THESE RESOURCES WILL BE HELPFUL BUT IF YOU FIND YOURSELF IN A TRUE, LIFE THREATENING EMERGENCY, PLEASE CALL 911 TO GAIN IMMEDIATE ASSISTANCE. THANK YOU AND STAY HEALTHY.
GREENE CO. “FIND OUT” RESOURCES
TOOLKIT TO SUPPORT YOUTH WITH AUTISM TO BE SHARED WITH FAMILIES: HTTPS://ED.UNC.EDU/2020/03/19/UNC-TEAM-CREATES-ONLINE-TOOLKIT-FOR-THOSE-SUPPORTING-INDIVIDUALS-WITH-AUTISM-DURING-COVID-19-EPIDEMIC/.
CDC GUIDANCE ON MENTAL WELLNESS DURING CRISIS: HTTPS://WWW.CDC.GOV/CORONAVIRUS/2019-NCOV/PREPARE/MANAGING-STRESS-ANXIETY.HTML.
GUIDE FOR FAMILIES FROM NATIONAL CENTER OF TRAUMATIC STRESS NETWORK: HTTPS://WWW.NCTSN.ORG/SITES/DEFAULT/FILES/RESOURCES/FACT-SHEET/OUTBREAK_FACTSHEET_1.PDF
SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ADMINISTRATION TIPS FOR TALKING TO CHILDREN: HTTPS://SUICIDEPREVENTIONLIFELINE.ORG/WP-CONTENT/UPLOADS/2020/03/PEP20-01-01-006-508.PDF
RESOURCES FROM MENTAL HEALTH OF AMERICA: HTTPS://MHANATIONAL.ORG/COVID19.
INTERACTIVE COPING TOOLKIT: HTTPS://WWW.VIBRANT.ORG/SAFESPACE/?_GA=2.130988038.847423236.1585068881-1912100212.1585068881.
AP COLLEGE BOARD HTTPS://APSTUDENTS.COLLEGEBOARD.ORG/CORONAVIRUS-UPDATES
STUDENT GUIDE TO CORONA VIRUS HTTPS://SHAREMYLESSON.COM/TODAYS-NEWS-TOMORROWS-LESSON/CORONAVIRUS-STUDENT-GUIDE
PROMOTING POSITIVE MENTAL HEALTH IN ISOLATION HTTPS://SECURE.QGIV.COM/EVENT/INTHISTOGETHER/
REDDIT - REDDIT IS THE LARGEST ONLINE FORUM DEDICATED TO SPECIFIC AND UNIQUE INTERESTS AND TOPICS KNOWN AS SUBREDDITS. THERE IS A COMMUNITY FOR EVERYONE FROM YOUR FAVORITE TV SHOW TO THE EVER SOOTHING /R/ODDLYSATISFYING SUB.
DISCORD - DISCORD IS A CHAT PROGRAM THAT CONNECTS YOU TO COMMUNITIES FOR TEXT, VOICE, OR STREAMING. IF YOU WANT TO JOIN CONVERSATIONS SURROUNDING YOUR INTERESTS.
NETFLIX PARTY - NETFLIX PARTY IS A CHROME EXTENSION FOR WATCHING NETFLIX REMOTELY WITH FRIENDS! IT SYNCHRONIZES VIDEO PLAYBACK AND ADDS GROUP CHAT.
GOOGLE HANGOUTS MEET - HOLD VIDEO MEETINGS WITH PEOPLE, INCLUDING CHAT AND AUDIO.
ZOOM - FREE TO USE FOR MEETINGS UP TO 40 MINUTES LONG WITH VIDEO, VOICE, AND SCREEN SHARE OPTIONS.
CREATE WHATS’APP GROUPS WITH FRIENDS OR NEIGHBORS TO TALK ABOUT YOUR DAILY LIVES THE WAY YOU WOULD IN NORMAL LIFE.
PLAY SETTLERS OF CATAN ONLINE - CATAN UNIVERSE LETS YOU USE CATAN CLASSIC TO PLAY THE BOARD GAME VIRTUALLY! THE WEBSITE IS IN GERMAN, USE GOOGLE TRANSLATE TO TRANSLATE IT TO ENGLISH AND VOILA!
INDIGENOUS SCHOOL TEACHERS - STAY CONNECTED TO LEARNING AND LEARN MORE ABOUT INDIGENOUS CULTURE.
HOUSEPARTY - STAY CONNECTED WITH FRIENDS, PLAY GAMES, AND SEE EVERYONE ON THE SAME SCREEN IN AN EASY TO POP IN AND OUT OF “HOUSE”.
NPR UP FIRST - A DAILY NEWS PODCAST, 15 MINUTES OR LESS.
TEEN VOGUE - SERIOUSLY - CHECK OUT TEEN VOGUE. THEY’RE DOING THE BEST REPORTING ON…. EVERYTHING, FROM HEALTH TO FASHION TO CURRENT EVENTS AND THE EPIDEMIC.
THE DAILY - NYTIMES PRODUCED PODCASTS THAT KEEPS YOU UPDATED AND HAS INTERESTING STORIES
THE LOUVRE LOCATED IN PARIS, IS ONE OF THE WORLD’S LARGEST ART MUSEUMS AND OFFERS FREE VIRTUAL TOURS OF POPULAR EXHIBITS.
THE SOLOMON R GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM LOCATED IN NEW YORK OFFERS A CHANCE TO VIEW THE COLLECTION AND LEARN ABOUT THE ARTIST.
THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF ARTS IS LOCATED IN WASHINGTON DC THEY OFFER BOTH VIDEO TOURS AND INTERACTIVE ACTIVITIES.
SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY IS ONE OF THE MOST VISITED MUSEUMS IN THE WORLD AND OFFERS A ROOM BY ROOM VIEW OF ITS EXHIBITS.
THE DALI THEATER – MUSEUM OFFERS A VIRTUAL TOUR OF THE GROUNDS AND ALSO A FEW EXHIBITS
GAMING: KONGREGATE - FREE ONLINE GAMES RANGING FROM CASUAL IF YOU JUST HAVE A FEW MINUTES TO LONGER-FORM GAMES THAT YOU CAN COME BACK TO.
ART: GOOGLE DOODLES - WE’VE ALL SEEN THE GOOGLE DOODLES THAT APPEAR DURING SPECIAL EVENTS OR TO HONOR SPECIFIC PEOPLE. THIS IS THE ARCHIVE THAT YOU CAN GET LOST IN.
MUSIC: SONG MAKER - A QUICK AND FUN WAY TO LET OUT SOME NOISE WHILE ON YOUR COMPUTER. SONG MAKER LETS YOU EASILY CONSTRUCT SONGS, PLAY THEM BACK, AND REMIX THEM.
HEALTH: YOGA WITH ADRIENE - WELCOMES ALL LEVELS, ALL BODIES, ALL GENDERS, ALLS SOULS! BROWSE THE LIBRARY OF FREE YOGA VIDEOS TO FIND A PRACTICE THAT SUITS YOUR MOOD.
HEALTH: FITNESS BLENDER- FREE WORKOUT VIDEOS FOR EVERY FITNESS LEVEL. THIS SITE HAS IT ALL- HIIT, PILATES, STRENGTH-TRAINING- YOU NAME IT!
EDUCATION/INSPIRATION: TED TALKS - THE TED TALKS CHANNEL FEATURES THE BEST TALKS AND PERFORMANCES FROM THE TED CONFERENCE, WHERE THE WORLD'S LEADING THINKERS AND DOERS GIVE THE TALK OF THEIR LIVES IN 18 MINUTES (OR LESS).
ENTERTAINMENT: OPEN CULTURE - 1,000’S OF MOVIES FOR FREE, INCLUDING CLASSICS, INDIES, FILM NOIR, DOCUMENTARIES AND MORE.
ART: VIRTUAL MUSEUM TOUR - TAKE A VIRTUAL TOUR OF SOME OF THE WORLD'S GREATEST MUSEUMS AND HERITAGE SITES.
NATURE: ANIMAL CAMS - CHECK OUT THESE AMAZING FEEDS! FROM JELLYFISH TO AN AFRICAN WATERING HOLE.
ACTION FOR HAPPINESS - ACTION FOR HAPPINESS IS A MOVEMENT OF PEOPLE COMMITTED TO BUILDING A HAPPIER AND MORE CARING SOCIETY.
TINY BUDDHA - TINY BUDDHA IS ABOUT REFLECTING ON SIMPLE WISDOM AND LEARNING NEW WAYS TO APPLY IT TO OUR COMPLEX LIVES-COMPLETE WITH RESPONSIBILITIES, STRUGGLES, DREAMS, AND RELATIONSHIPS. A LEADING RESOURCE FOR PEACE AND HAPPINESS.
SHINE TEXT MESSAGES - A FREE APP WITH DAILY MESSAGES AND SUPPORT FOR ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION
REPLIKA - A PERSONAL AI THAT WOULD HELP YOU EXPRESS AND WITNESS YOURSELF BY OFFERING A HELPFUL CONVERSATION. IT’S A SPACE WHERE YOU CAN SAFELY SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS, FEELINGS, BELIEFS, AND EXPERIENCES. IT ALSO CHECKS IN ON YOUR DAILY AND SENDS SELF-CARE REMINDERS.
QUARANTINE KARAOKE - TAKING THE QUARANTINE BY STORM IS A FACEBOOK GROUP OF PEOPLE WHO ARE HELD UP IN THEIR HOMES SHARING THEIR FAVORITE SONGS. THIS IS TRULY ONLINE KARAOKE AND PEOPLE SUPPORTING EACH OTHER IN AN ONLINE ENVIRONMENT TO HELP EACH OTHER GET THROUGH THIS EXPERIENCE.
CENTER FOR PUPPETRY - LIVE STREAMING PUPPET PERFORMANCES.
TEN PERCENT HAPPIER - HOST DAN HARRIS TACKLES ACTIONABLE AND PRACTICAL TIPS ON HOW TO DEAL WITH THE ANXIETY AND FEAR THAT COMES WITH NOT ONLY WHAT IS GOING ON CURRENTLY, BUT THE LACK OF INFORMATION AROUND WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS.
SOME GOOD NEWS - JOHN KRASINSKI OF THE OFFICE FAME HAS STARTED A YOUTUBE CHANNEL FROM HIS HOME, SHARING LITTLE BITS OF POSITIVE NEWS TO LIFT SPIRITS!
HAPPIFY - HAPPIFY IS AN APP THAT ASSESSES A VARIETY OF DOMAINS IN YOUR LIFE AND TAKES YOU THROUGH MODULES (GAMES, ACTIVITIES, EXERCISES) THAT ARE DESIGNED TO REFLECT THOSE DOMAINS TO INCREASE HAPPINESS AND REDUCE STRESS.
ALLTRAILS: TRAIL GUIDES & MAPS FOR HIKING, CAMPING, AND RUNNING | ALLTRAILS- WHILE OUR DAY-TO-DAY ROUTINES HAVE CHANGED PRETTY DRAMATICALLY, IT’S IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THAT WE NEED TO FIND WAYS TO TAKE CARE OF OURSELVES. WE MIGHT NEED TO KEEP SOME PHYSICAL DISTANCE FROM EACH OTHER FOR A WHILE, BUT WE DON’T NEED TO SHUT OURSELVES IN. THE OUTDOORS IS STILL OPEN FOR BUSINESS (JUST REMEMBER TO PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING!). ALLTRAILS IS A WEBSITE AND APP THAT HELPS YOU FIND LOCAL TRAILS AND OPEN SPACES.
MINDSHIFT CBT - USES SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN STRATEGIES BASED ON COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY (CBT) TO HELP YOU LEARN TO RELAX AND BE MINDFUL, DEVELOP MORE EFFECTIVE WAYS OF THINKING, AND USE ACTIVE STEPS TO TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR ANXIETY.
PTSD COACH PTSD COACH WAS DESIGNED FOR THOSE WHO HAVE, OR MAY HAVE, POSTTRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER (PTSD). THIS APP PROVIDES YOU WITH EDUCATION ABOUT PTSD, INFORMATION ABOUT PROFESSIONAL CARE, A SELF-ASSESSMENT FOR PTSD, OPPORTUNITIES TO FIND SUPPORT, AND TOOLS THAT CAN HELP YOU MANAGE THE STRESSES OF DAILY LIFE WITH PTSD. (APPLE) (GOOGLE PLAY)
QUARANTINE CHAT - DEVELOPED TO HELP PEOPLE FEEL CONNECTED.
Content ELA, Math, Science Personalized Learning Platform (K-6 All Subjects, 7-12 Math Only) Link https://www.ixl.com/
Content Instant Access to Hours of Fun and Instructional Activities (K-8 Science) Linkhttps://www.generationgenius.com/
Content Standards Aligned Science Curriculum (4) Link https://www.studyisland.com/
Content Specially Designed Page for At Home Coding Activities (K-12) Link https://code.org/athome
Free Audio Books
Content Over 450 Free Audio Books that can be Downloaded to Computer or Mobile Device (K-12) Link http://www.openculture.com/freeaudiobooks
Content Collection of Classic Literature that can be Downloaded or Read Online (3-12). Link http://www.openculture.com/free_ebooks
Content Fabulous Free Math Games 7 Quiz Questions that Address CC Standards (K-8). Link https://www.mathgames.com/
Content One-Stop Shop for a Wealth of Free Fantastic PBS KIDS Educational Content (K-6). Link https://pbskids.org/
Health & Physical Education:
https://www.thehomeschoolmom.com/homeschool-lesson-plans/physical-education/ - Options for doing physical education at home.
https://fit.sanfordhealth.org/discover?category=move - ACTIVITIES, VIDEOS, GAMES AND MORE LESSONS TO PROMOTE PHYSICAL ACTIVITY.
https://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/rainy_day_physical_activities_school.shtml -INDOOR PE ACTIVITIES FOR ELEMTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS
Copy of Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions due to School Closings
Scholastic Learn at Home
Engineering Activities for Kids
33 National Parks Virtual Tours
Virtual Field Trips
Older Students: Coursera
Online Schedules with Kahn Academy
Washington County Library System
Math and Logic Problems
Study Ladder- Math, English & Science
EdHelper- Math and Reading
4th Grade Resources- All subjects
Sumdog- Free access during school closures
25 Learning Tools to use at home
A reading comprehension resource. This has leveled reading passages, comprehension questions, and answer key. https://www.readworks.org/
A reading comprehension resource. Also has a read aloud option with reading passages that can be searched by reading level, grade level or by theme. https://www.commonlit.org/
Have Fun Teaching (all subjects)
Literacy Nest for younger readers
Amazing Educational Resources- A wide variety of resources for all subjects
Scholastic- Day by Day projects
PreK- 2nd Grade
3rd Grade- 8th Grade
An online podcast with interesting science related topics for students to watch https://www.brainson.org/
Allows students to work with common core standards in reading, math, science and social studies for grades K-12. https://www.freckle.com/
Live Cams: San Diego Zoo
Provides students to look at live cams featuring various zoo animals https://zoo.sandiegozoo.org/live-cams
50 activities that parents and kids can do together
101 fun ideas
Family activities (this google form as 3 tabs on the bottom of the page)
20 Hands-On Activities
Children's Musem of Pittsburgh- DYI Projects
Junior Achievement- Free online programs during this time
WEBSITES FOR SPEECH AND LANGUAGE ACTIVITIES
Home/Speech/Home - Specific Sounds in Words, Sentences, and Paragraphs: https://www.home-speech-home.com/
Mommy Speech Therapy:
Tracy Boyd’s Ed Online Articulation Games (Matching & Concentration):
Minimal Pairs by Caroline Bowen:
Carrie Clark, SLP Solution - Speech and Language Kids
Carrie Clark- SLP Solutions: This YouTube channel includes 5-6 minute videos that can provide direct instruction, models, and verbal/visual cues for a student’s target speech sound. It also includes videos that can provide parents with strategies for expanding language skills in young children.
Language Lessons to Songs:
Speaking of Speech - All Areas of Speech Therapy:
Teachers Pay Teachers - Free Resources:
Super Duper Publications.:
Don Johnston Readtopia Free Thematic Unit on Working Together - Language Comprehension through Literacy for Mod-Significant Needs):
Scholastic Learn at Home - Provides 20 Days Worth of Active Learning Journeys Designed to Reinforce and Sustain Educational Opportunities for those Students Who are Unable to Attend School:
Video Learning Squad:
Wacky Web Tales:
Teachers Pay Teachers, Free Handout:
Video Learning Squad:
Model Me Going Places (Free Social Social Stories):
Ms. Lane’s SLP Materials:
WEBSITES FOR AAC PRACTICE
Go Board Maker:
Assistive Ware Core Word Classroom:
Additional Free Resources
IXL: Comprehensive K-12 Curriculum, Individualized Guidance, and Real-Time Analytics:
Kindergarten – 12th Grade Language Arts:
Everyday Speech - Social-Emotional and Autism:
Read Works - Kindergarten to 12th Grade Reading and Passages and Comprehension Questions:
Free Language Stuff:
Quia Speech Therapy - Allows Students to Play Jeopardy Type Games Using Idioms, Multiple Meaning Words, Inferences, Synonyms/Antonyms, etc.:
Teacher Suggestions for Fostering Language Development
Say/read nursery rhymes so your child can hear the rhythm and flow of language.
Sing simple songs together to encourage vocal use, teach concepts, and expand vocabulary. (i.e. "Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes")
Use body language in everyday communication to support multi-modal communication. (i.e. shrug your shoulders, shake your head)
Name and describe objects you and your child are looking at together. You can ask your child to help you come up with descriptive words (i.e. What color is it? How does it feel? Soft or hard? [Giving them a choice of words reinforces vocabulary and decreases the language demand.])
Model correct pronunciation and grammar. You don’t need to always correct them; just repeat what they say with the corrections. Children are like sponges – they soak up what they hear repeatedly!
Expand on your child’s sentences to be more descriptive/clear/grammatical. This validates his/her efforts and provides a model, which supports and encourages language growth.
Talk during play. The more language models your child hears, the more he/she will want to talk and will know about language.
Ask open-ended questions instead of "yes/no" questions. This encourages your child to produce language rather than answering yes or no. If he/she has difficulty, you can provide two choices. (i.e. "what do you want to eat? spaghetti or pizza?")
Focus on the positive! Children’s attitudes often reflect their parents’ attitudes!
Listen to your child! Give them your full attention to show that they are an equal communication partner.
Look at books/read together. This supports language development in so many ways! You don’t need to read the pages word for word, but talk about the pictures, make connections to your child’s life (i.e. in the book the boy has a red ball; say to your child “Oh look, there is a red ball like yours! What do you do with your ball? What does he do with his?”)
If your child is working on a specific sound, you can look for that sound/letter throughout the book and practice saying words with that sound.
Occupational Therapy resources to assist your child at home. These sites include activities that
support handwriting strategies, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, visual perception skills,
executive functioning, and sensory strategies.
OT Mom Learning Activities:
The OT Toolbox:
Therapy Street for Kids:
Tools to Grow OT:
The Letters of Literacy:
The Sensory Spectrum: