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Helping children understand coronavirus

Last Updated 4:07pm, 3 June 2020


Information about coronavirus is available in different formats and languages, including easy read, BSL and for people who are not online.

Links to resources

There are a lot of online resources to help you explain the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic to your child. We’ve included links to a few of them that you might find particularly useful.

Manuela Molina has written a short story to explain to children and young people what coronavirus (COVID-19) is.

Nurse Dotty Books have created a short story to explain coronavirus (COVID-19) and to reassure children.

Nosy Crow have a created a children’s book illustrated by Axel Scheffler (who illustrated The Gruffalo) about coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Disability Challengers website has a social story to explain coronavirus (COVID-19) to children and young people with learning disabilities.

Carol Grey has written another social story about coronavirus (COVID-19) which can be found on her website.

Little Puddins have written a social story for children and young people with Autism about coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Children’s Commissioner’s website has a presentation about coronavirus (COVID-19) and lots of ideas for activities to do at home.

Easy Read Online have produced a document about coronavirus (COVID-19) which may be useful to teach young people about the virus and how to stay safe.

A group called the Purple All Stars have created this rap to teach children and young people with additional needs how to wash their hands. You can watch it on their vimeo channel.

One of our ROVIC Service team members has created a sensory story video.

The NSPCC have created a resource centre for parents and carers with lots of useful tips and advice, including talking to your child about coronavirus (COVID-19) taking care of your family’s mental health, coping with tension and arguments, and staying safe online.

The Devon Children and Families partnership has also pulled together a list of useful information, advice and guidance from a range of online sources that you should find useful.

If your child is feeling poorly and you’re not sure what to do, you can download the HANDi paediatric app for free expert advice about common illnesses – including advice relating to coronavirus (COVID-19).