Helping children with additional needs understand Covid19

If you have a child with additional needs these resources from the HSE and ASIAM.ie may be useful in helping you to explain what Covid19 is and why we are living the way we are at the moment.

Here is a booklet to explain what Corona Virus / Covid19 isĀ  https://www.hse.ie/eng/services/news/newsfeatures/covid19-updates/partner-resources/coronavirus-explanation-for-children-with-autism.pdf

Here are some social stories from the ASIAM.ie website which can help you open up conversations about what is happening and what we need to do to stay safe

https://asiam.ie/asiam-and-covid19/

If you need to take your child or young person to be tested for Covid19 here are some useful resources to help you explain what will happen at the testing centre

Why testing may be needed

https://www.hse.ie/eng/services/news/newsfeatures/covid19-updates/partner-resources/autism-social-story-for-testing.pdf

Going to the test centre

https://www.hse.ie/eng/services/news/newsfeatures/covid19-updates/partner-resources/getting-ready-to-go-to-the-test-centre-comic-.pdf

Going to the drive-in test centre

https://www.hse.ie/eng/services/news/newsfeatures/covid19-updates/partner-resources/getting-ready-to-go-to-the-test-drive-in-centre-comic-.pdf

And here is a booklet that helps children explore and understand their feelings about Covid19 and the way we are living at the moment

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If you need advice or support please remember that family support services are still available by phone and online and details of this and their contact details can be found online.

 

Getting ready to go to the Test Drive-in Centre – handy comic strip for parents to use

If the situation arises where your family has to go and be tested for Covid19 this comic strip explanation of what happens at a drive-in testing centre may be useful to use with young children.

Here is a link to the same information in a PDF format

https://www.hse.ie/eng/services/news/newsfeatures/covid19-updates/partner-resources/getting-ready-to-go-to-the-test-drive-in-centre-comic-.pdf