Family Support Resources online
In this section there are a number of different resources that can be used by parents and children to help them cope with and understand what is happening in our community as a result of the Covid 19 crisis.
Over the next number of weeks we hope to expand our catalogue to include resources that can be used by parents to help children to gain a better understanding of life at the moment.
Scroll down for resources, ideas, videos, etc on:
Explaining Coronavirus, Activities & Play, Mindfulness, & Understanding and Managing Anxiety
Wally & Turtle
Meet Wally & Turtle as they talk about different things affecting children & young people during the pandemic
In this first video Wally talks about his feelings and how he is coping with the coronavirus and what he is doing to make things a easier for himself and his family…a must watch…..
Meet Tiny Turtle
Tiny turtle gives advice to children on how to calm down in this uncertain time.
Here Wally is giving advice on managing feelings.
In Wally’s third appearance, he is joined by Julie, as they talk about worries and what you can do to help yourself when you are feeling worried and anxious.
Some very good short stories that are free online:
Dave the Dog
Dave the Dog is worried about coronavirus. A Nurse Dotty Book
Written & illustrated by Molly Watts
The Scared Gang
The Scared Gang Have to Stay at Home written by Eadaoin Bhreathnach & illustrated by Sighle Bhreathnach-Cashell
Activities & Play
Making Stress Balls
There is tried and tested science behind the benefits of using stress balls. Aside from the obvious fun in making them they provide children with a mechanism to calm down and regulate themselves.
Making Slime with Denise
In this video we demonstrate how to make slime at home.
Scavenger Hunts – for all the family, and ideal during a lockdown
A short five minute video to help understand and manage uncertainty.
A short mindfulness video to help you manage uncertainty
Belly Breathing for Children
A short video to help belly breathing for children
Understanding & Managing Anxiety
Session 1 – What is Anxiety?
What is anxiety and how do we manage it?
Session 2 – Upstairs Downstairs
This session focuses on creating an understanding of how the brain works. Having a better understanding of the brain enables us to begin to understand and learn about how children perceive and deal with risk and how we might respond.
Session 3 – Be Still My Racing Heart
The focus of this session is on helping parents identify the physical signs of anxiety as well as offering advice and techniques to help you help your child reduce their feelings of anxiety.
Session 4 – I think therefore I am
Part 1 of this video outlines some of the thinking patterns (Assuming, Black & White and Filtering) that can affect a child’s (and adults )anxiety. As adults we need to be aware of how these processes work and how we, as adults, can help the child develop new ways of coping especially in these uncertain times.
Part 2 of this video outlines some of the thinking pattern that can affect a children’s(and adults) anxiety levels. The video demonstrates how adults can help children overcome anxious thoughts by suggesting techniques that help them change their thought processes .