Self-care Resources for Parents We’d like to share a collection of resources we hope will be useful to parents in navigating the changes and challenges the COVID-19 pandemic has brought into all of our lives. Resources include parenting tips, mindfulness, relaxation, diet, exercise, sleep, as well as activities for children and distance learning videos you can do with your child at home.

IPPI Tuesday Coffee Talk: Join IPPI clinicians and Learning Academy employees for a live conversation, every Tuesday at 10:00 AM. We’ll cover topics such as; working from home while supporting a child with special needs, self-care, distance learning, online social interaction and more.

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The conversation will be moderated each week by:
Dr. Liz Sellinger, Director of Behavioral and Education Services
Joined by:
Katie Cyr, Project Director of Private Schools
Dr. Lisa Dobey, IPPI School Psychologist
Chrissy Martinez, Project Director of School Partnerships
Michelle Levine, Pre-doctoral Intern

Tuesday Coffee Talk: View all episodes Click Here

Tuesday Coffee Talk: Episode 11: Heading Back to School: Mask Wearing Strategies – July 7, 2020

Helping Kids Wear and Understand Face Masks


Coronavirus (COVID-19): Helping Kids Get Used to Masks Click Here

Getting Your Child to Wear a Mask Click Here

Getting Children and Teens Outside While Social Distancing for COVID-19 Click Here

Masked Heroes by Cincinnati Children’s Click Here

COVID-19: Tips to Help Kids Wear Face Masks Click Here

“Using Behavioral Principles to Teach Learners with Autism to Cooperate with wearing Masks” by Alpine Learning Group Click Here

Social Stories: Mask Wearing for Kids  

“I Can Stay Healthy by Wearing a Face Mask” Click Here

“We Wear Masks – A Social Story about the Coronavirus” Click Here

“Wearing a Mask- A Social Narrative for Children” by Autism Little Learners Click Here

Online Social Interaction for Kids and Adults:

Social Interaction Pointers for Parents of Elementary School Students Click Here

Video Call Expectations – Elementary School Students Click Here

Video Chat Expectations – Middle and High School Students Click Here

Social Interaction Strategies – Middle and High School Students Click Here

Resources for Adults to Virtually Connect – Click Here 

Happy OT Month from Mrs. C’s Virtual OT Classroom – April 30, 2020
April was Occupational Therapy (OT) Month and Learning Academy students have been working hard in Dr. Cunningham’s virtual Occupational Therapy Classroom. Enjoy this slideshow of some of their work!


A psychologist created a bullet pointed list with parenting tips for the Covid-19 crisis that can be found here Click Here

Child Mind Institute’s 5 Tips for Self-Care Click Here Click Here

The International OCD Foundation has some good general strategies for self-care, which are applicable even for people who don’t suffer from OCD Click Here

Mindfulness: ChildMind Institute – This article provides some simple strategies for practicing mindfulness during this time. Click Here

Progressive Muscle Relaxation: The School of Social Work at the University of Buffalo has guidance on self-care activities specific to progressive muscle relaxation Click Here

Visual Imagery: The School of Social Work at the University of Buffalo has guidance on self-care activities specific to visual imagery Click Here

Coronavirus Sanity Guide: Free resources from the 10% Happier website (e.g., free daily livestreaming support, podcast with great strategies, guided meditations Click Here

Face COVID: The author of the book, The Happiness Trap, provides some great strategies to help deal with the stressors COVID presents ‘FACE COVID’ a set of practical steps for responding effectively Click Here

Diet: This article’s recommendations are in line with what we’ve heard and read are best practice for healthy eating all along BUT includes an important reminder of why these guidelines are so important right now: While no foods or dietary supplements can prevent COVID-19 infection, maintaining a healthy diet is an important part of supporting a strong immune system. Click Here

Meal Prep! Spending a little extra time one day during the week can help save you time and decision-making later!

Meal prep recipes  Click Here

Budget meal prep recipes Click Here

Sleep: The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) recommends the following Quick Sleep Tips

  • Keep a consistent sleep schedule. Get up at the same time every day, even on weekends or during vacations.
  • Set a bedtime that is early enough for you to get at least 7 hours of sleep.
  • Don’t go to bed unless you are sleepy.
  • If you don’t fall asleep after 20 minutes, get out of bed.
  • Establish a relaxing bedtime routine.
  • Use your bed only for sleep and sex.
  • Make your bedroom quiet and relaxing. Keep the room at a comfortable, cool temperature.
  • Limit exposure to bright light in the evenings.
  • Turn off electronic devices at least 30 minutes before bedtime.
  • Don’t eat a large meal before bedtime. If you are hungry at night, eat a light, healthy snack.
  • Exercise regularly and maintain a healthy diet.
  • Avoid consuming caffeine in the late afternoon or evening.
  • Avoid consuming alcohol before bedtime.
  • Reduce your fluid intake before activities specific to tips for increasing physical activity

Exercise: The School of Social Work at the University of Buffalo has guidance on self-care activities specific to tips for increasing physical activity Click Here

CorePower Yoga is offering free classes Click Here

OrangeTheory Fitness has free, daily workouts through Youtube Click Here

Helping children practice self-care:

Structure/Routine: Yale Medicine article offers great, basic strategies for building a routine, including using technology, working around conference calls and getting kids moving. My favorite: Look for the Silver Lining, which includes this quote: “Families are spending more time together and, eventually, I think we will look back on this time and know that we got through something difficult.” Click Here

Mindfulness for Kids:

These are fun and very short activities that children can do (with their parents!). They’ll learn some of the basics of mindfulness including how to focus their attention and be aware of the world around them. Mind Yeti

These are also fun, short activities available either on YouTube or on their app. GoNoodle Flow series. My daughter enjoys Rainbow Breath!

The Cares Center at UCLA has a great visual on how you can use your five senses for soothing Click Here

The Smiling Mind offers a meditation app for young people. Developed by a team of psychologists the app uses mindfulness to boost calmness, contentment and clarity. Mindfulness meditation has been shown to help manage stress, resilience, anxiety, depression and improve general health and wellbeing. Click Here

Progressive Muscle Relaxation for Kids:

GoZen has a progressive muscle relaxation activity video that is available on YouTube at Click Here

Exercise: GoNoodle (Youtube) (Website)

Coronavirus-specific resources for children:

Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus Click Here

Social Stories and Visual Supports for explaining Coronavirus to children Click Here

Answering Your Young Child’s Questions about Coronavirus provides age-appropriate responses to questions about the coronavirus that your toddler might have Click Here

IPPI Learning Academy Distance Learning Curriculum

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