Apraxia Kids COVID-19 Preparedness Plan

Apraxia Kids has been closely monitoring the spread of the COVID-19 throughout the United States and Canada. We are responding to the rapidly changing events relative to the virus to develop appropriate contingency plans for business continuity and in consideration of the safety of our staff, volunteers, and constituents. Most importantly, please know that we understand that the uncertainty and unprecedented nature of these times can be tough on all of us, and we are here to support you, your families, and the apraxia community in any way that we can.

To ensure safety, we have developed a plan for our organization which follows guidelines set forth by the CDC, the WHO, and the Allegheny County Health Department. As of March 17, 2020, all staff have been instructed to work remotely. This will continue through March 31, 2020 and will be reassessed to determine whether this plan will be extended. All of our normal communication channels, including office phones and email will continue to work during this disruption. 

We have also made the decision to postpone all events through May 31, 2020 to a new date in 2020. While we do not yet have confirmed dates, we will announce this information as soon as it is available. It is our wish to host impactful events that bring our apraxia community together, and we look forward to a time when we can do so again safely.

Despite these changes, we remain committed to our mission to ensure each and every family and professional feel supported on their journey. We will continue to closely monitor the situation and will make any necessary adjustments as needed, especially around our summer fundraisers and National Conference. We appreciate the patience and understanding of our community as we navigate these uncertain circumstances.

 

 Sincerely,

 

Angela Grimm
Executive Director

Resource List

SPEECH THERAPY IMPACTS DURING COVID-19

You may be asking yourself, “Will my child be able to make up lost time from their school speech therapy?” It’s a scary and confusing time for everyone but you may also have the added worry of speech and special education progress. Here are some important memos that may answer some of your questions. 

 

“Questions and Answers on Providing Services to Children with Disabilities During the Coronavirus Disease Outbreak”

https://www.isbe.net/Documents/qa-covid-19-03-12-2020.pdf

 

“COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for State Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Agencies”

https://www.medicaid.gov/state-resource-center/downloads/covd-19-faqs-20200312.pdf

 

Medicare Telemedicine Health Care Provider Fact Sheet 

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has broadened access to Medicare telehealth services so that beneficiaries can receive a wider range of services from their doctors without having to travel to a healthcare facility. These policy changes build on the regulatory flexibilities granted under the President’s emergency declaration.

https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/fact-sheets/medicare-telemedicine-health-care-provider-fact-sheet?fbclid=IwAR2DeW9XWGypVmsohcjSc2gdKSJwDsefxYXmuc16tjzaM4Bb_AMxX9rbbwc

 

IDEA: Questions and Answers on Providing Services to Children with Disabilities During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Outbreak (March 2020)

This Questions and Answers document outlines states’ responsibilities to infants, toddlers, and children with disabilities and their families, and to the staff serving these children.

https://sites.ed.gov/idea/idea-files/q-and-a-providing-services-to-children-with-disabilities-during-the-coronavirus-disease-2019-outbreak/#citem_7096-289b 

 

Wrightslaw: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Q&A

Information from the U.S. Department of Education that will answer some of your questions and help get your child’s special education back on track when schools do re-open.

https://www.wrightslaw.com/info/fape.svcs.covid-19.htm 

 

Webinar on Ensuring Web Accessibility for Students with Disabilities

The Office for Civil Rights (U.S. Department of Education) released today a webinar on ensuring web accessibility for students with disabilities for schools utilizing online learning during COVID-19 

http://ow.ly/MrMv50yOZxr 

 

Cari Ebert, MS, CCC-SLP

A guide on what to do when speech therapy is temporarily unavailable, from an SLP’s perspective

https://www.cariebertseminars.com/uploads/2/8/9/0/28903483/when_speech_therapy_is_temporarily_unavailable.pdf

 

Teletherapy Guidelines

Both SLPs and parents of children with apraxia should be aware of guidelines set around teletherapy and its implications at this time. Please follow the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) for more information. Here are a few resources from their website.

https://www.asha.org/About/Coronavirus-Updates/

https://www.asha.org/Practice/reimbursement/Payment-and-Coverage-Considerations-for-Telepractice-Services-During-Coronavirus/

ASHA Revisits Guidance on Medicare Telepractice

https://blog.asha.org/2020/03/24/asha-revisits-guidance-on-medicare-telepractice/?fbclid=IwAR1swUn0JOMDCG8ip_KQA1yGwaI5RMtijenzF4rmMFfDOzapDu8ZM1Qm7zE

RESOURCES FROM APRAXIA KIDS

Blogs

We are adding new blogs and content as often as possible to keep you as informed as possible. Here is a list of the new blog posts that have recently been published:

 

Coping with COVID-19: Tips for Incorporating Self-Care and Dealing with Anxiety

https://www.apraxia-kids.org/coping-with-covid-19-tips-for-incorporating-self-care-and-dealing-with-anxiety/

 

Keep Calm and Chatter On

https://www.apraxia-kids.org/keep-calm-and-chatter-on/

 

Speech Therapy Services Through Telepractice

https://www.apraxia-kids.org/speech-therapy-services-through-telepractice/

 

Information for AAC and Home Practice

https://www.apraxia-kids.org/information-for-aac-and-home-practice/

 

Adjusting to the Ever-changing Times: Using Telepractice to Treat CAS During COVID-19

https://www.apraxia-kids.org/adjusting-to-the-everchanging-times-using-telepractice-to-treat-childhood-apraxia-of-speech-during-covid-19/

 

Apps Guide

Apraxia Kids has partnered with Penn State Health to share and distribute the Speech and Language Apps guide published by The Department of Behavior and Developmental Pediatrics at The Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital. Apraxia Kids does not endorse any specific apps nor is this list all-inclusive. The directory is meant only to be a guide/resource. https://www.apraxia-kids.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Application-Directory2.pdf 

 

Article Library

Free Article from the Apraxia Kids Article Library: How to help your child with speech practice at home

https://www.apraxia-kids.org/apraxia_kids_library/the-importance-of-parent-involvement-in-the-speech-therapy-process/

 

Webinars

Eight presentations can be accessed for free by visiting our website and signing up for a “Free Introductory Membership”.

https://www.apraxia-kids.org/on-demand-webinars/ 

 

Stay Connected with Apraxia Kids: Facebook Groups

Our main Facebook support group, Apraxia Kids: Official Support Group, has been very active with thoughtful and supportive conversations around what to do next while we’re all figuring out this time of confusion and challenges. It’s important to stay connected to others while following the CDC and other community guidelines around social distancing. Stay connected with others through our Facebook groups! Connecting with other parents in similar situations may help you navigate the world of resources available to parents while your apraxia stars are home from school. Hopefully they help you productively and successfully navigate this time away from therapies and school!

 

Stay connected with others through our Facebook groups! 

https://www.apraxia-kids.org/how-to-help/support-groups-2/

COVID-19 UPDATES & INFORMATION

Talking to Your Children About Coronavirus – Meet The Helpers

https://www.meetthehelpers.org/meet-the-helpers-coronavirus/

 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

 

World Health Organization

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

 

U.S Department of Education

https://www.ed.gov/coronavirus

 

U.S. Department of Agriculture

https://www.usda.gov/coronavirus

 

USA.gov

https://www.usa.gov/coronavirus

 

Nanogirl Live – Coronavirus for Kids

The Nanogirl Live show provides free videos and experiments to help children better understand the coronavirus and how they can stay safe. 

https://www.nanogirllive.co.nz/coronavirus-soap-experiment

MANAGING YOUR MENTAL HEALTH

Apraxia Kids Blog – “Coping with COVID-19”

This blog shares with you tips on how you can focus on your mental health during these unusual and stressful times. It also reminds you that it’s okay if each day doesn’t go perfectly. Be kind to yourself and do the best with what you have. 

https://www.apraxia-kids.org/coping-with-covid-19-tips-for-incorporating-self-care-and-dealing-with-anxiety/

 

Voices of Youth

This website is designed just for young adults aged 13-24. It’s a great place for teens and young adults to gather together, virtually, to see they are not alone in what they are feeling. Voices of Youth also has an art campaign around COVID-19 right now to allow youth to put their feelings into different artistic expressions to share with the world. 

https://www.voicesofyouth.org/campaign/covid-19-and-youth-mental-health#header–16076

 

Parenting During Coronavirus: You Are Enough

This encouraging article from PBS.org reminds parents that everything is different right now so you should allow yourself to feel whatever you’re feeling and know that all that you are doing right now…it’s enough!

https://www.pbs.org/parents/thrive/parenting-during-coronavirus-you-are-enough?fbclid=IwAR1MdcQ7G9l_26yLXD39gH_faiHPMOHPJ92OocnBUl2BjA75bbg18qTHgD4

 

Supporting Children and Young People with Worries about COVID-19

This resource shares some advice and guidance for parents, caregivers, and professionals who work with children and young people who may be struggling to cope with the current climate.

https://emergingminds.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/COVID19_advice-for-parents-and-carers_20.3_.pdf?fbclid=IwAR2ntdGOcQOCTi5jPnqz1lHNebNuOVF0BdY_dvvzoY1YLGBNh_RW73GV4JU

 

Mental Health and COVID-19

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is a great support and resource. Visit their COVID-19 specific information to learn how it may impact your mental health and what you can do to limit that. 

https://afsp.org/mental-health-and-covid-19

 

Children’s Guide to Coronavirus by Children’s Commissioner

This guide talks about what the coronavirus is but it also helps children better understand it and how they’re feeling about these confusing times. They help kids figure out “where to put their worry.”

https://www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/cco-childrens-guide-to-coronavirus.pdf

 

Emerging Minds

The Emerging Minds research group compiled a lengthy list of resources for parents, children, and teens to better understand and manage their mental health surrounding the coronavirus. 

https://emergingminds.org.uk/recommended-resources-supporting-children-and-young-people-with-worries-and-anxiety-links/

AT-HOME SPEECH THERAPY RESOURCES

Apraxia Kids Blogs

These blogs were written by SLPs to help parents and professionals to better understand the evolving world of telepractice and teletherapy during this time of social distancing. 

 

Keep Calm and Chatter On

https://www.apraxia-kids.org/keep-calm-and-chatter-on/

 

Speech Therapy Services Through Telepractice

https://www.apraxia-kids.org/speech-therapy-services-through-telepractice/

 

Information for AAC and Home Practice

https://www.apraxia-kids.org/information-for-aac-and-home-practice/

 

Adjusting to the Everchanging Times: Using Telepractice to Treat CAS During COVID-19

https://www.apraxia-kids.org/adjusting-to-the-everchanging-times-using-telepractice-to-treat-childhood-apraxia-of-speech-during-covid-19/

 

COVID-19 Resources: Clinic Activities to Implement at Home

This tremendous resource compiled by University of Nebraska-Lincoln offers a variety of resources for individuals with special needs and communication disorders while they’re safe at home. This list can help families, SLPs, and other professionals. 

https://cehs.unl.edu/secd/covid-19-resources/#family

 

Phonics Hero

Offers a free 30 day account for children right now. This site has lots of programs to help your stars build sounds, single words, and sentences. 

https://www.phonicshero.com/coronavirus-support/

 

Story Place

Offers a digital pre-school library

https://www.storyplace.org/

 

Fun Brain

Learning games by grade level

https://www.funbrain.com/

 

LearnEnglish Kids

Free online games, songs, stories, and more to help children learn. Currently has helpful information about COVID-19 and also has a section for parents. 

http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/

 

Mommy Speech Therapy

Free speech therapy worksheet downloads

http://mommyspeechtherapy.com/?page_id=55&fbclid=IwAR2tKg3wvBjhTOebb8zg4y9B7mMhESeHFGgfCNoV99BUFGnDR_y5AVCBTvo

 

Online Literacy Resources

Online read-alouds, story times, sing-alongs, and illustrating tutorials to do from home

https://growingbookbybook.com/online-literacy-resources/

 

Fluency and Fitness

Free registration for 21 days during school closures

https://fluencyandfitness.com/register/school-closures/?fbclid=IwAR1FlWx8T9YxnJsWvZZ2ozXR57IwQ0HgDzt7lC4EUEteQoNcgGAUgvULC8o

 

My Coronavirus Story

A social story for children 

https://www.flipsnack.com/KeshetChicago/coronavirus-social-story/full-view.html?fbclid=IwAR2qPdQVekbVZ9w3gAlJ2bdp3fhh7RxKIC1uT_8WxrBzXediqG6W9pMovvk

 

Speech and Language Kids by The SLP Solution

Ideas, resources, games, and free downloads from a certified SLP

https://www.speechandlanguagekids.com/free-speech-language-resources/

 

DIY Speech Therapy Activities by Kid’s Creek

Kid’s Creek offers speech, occupational, and physical therapy for children based out of Georgia but also has a helpful blog resource.

https://www.kidscreektherapy.com/seven-fun-diy-speech-therapy-activities-parents/

 

Playing with Words 365 Blog

An informative blog for parents by a parent (and an SLP!). Offers free downloads and tips for continuing speech therapy at home.

http://www.playingwithwords365.com/

 

Making Articulation Fun by Virtual Speech Center

Virtual Speech Center hosts a lot of informative resources, free downloads, and a helpful blog including this post about ways to improve articulation through fun games at home.

https://www.virtualspeechcenter.com/blog/139/15-ways-of-making-articulation-homework-fun-at-home

EDUCATIONAL WEBSITES & RESOURCES FOR KIDS (not speech specific)

Distance Learning for Special Education

This page was built by educators and families from around the world as a collaborative resource for students with disabilities. Included are online resources, tips for families, tips for professionals, and more. 

https://sites.google.com/view/distance-learning-specialed/home?authuser=0

 

The Hanen Centre

This organization offers a plethora of information and resources for both parents and professionals to help them so they can help their children reach their fullest literacy potential. 

http://www.hanen.org/Home.aspx

 

ABCYA

Loads of fun and interactive games grouped by grade level.

https://www.abcya.com/

 

PBS Learning Media

WQED and PBS have teamed up to curate a FREE batch of resources for standards-aligned videos, interactives, and lesson plans for families and teachers. 

https://wqed.pbslearningmedia.org/

 

FunBrain

A website organized by grade level complete with games, reading, videos, math, and more!

https://www.funbrain.com/

 

Highlights

The popular magazine’s online partnership, full of games and activities.

https://www.highlights.com/

 

ABC Mouse

An Early Learning Academy online for children ages 2-8.

https://www.abcmouse.com/abt/homepage

 

Wonderopolis
Every day, Wonderopolis poses an intriguing question, the “Wonder of the Day”, and explore it in a variety of ways. Learn something new every day with Wonderopolis! 

https://wonderopolis.org/

 

BrainPOP

BrainPOP is offering free access during school closures right now. There’s an extensive library of learning opportunities in the areas of science, english, math, art, and more! They even have BrainPOP Jr. for grades K-3. 

https://www.brainpop.com/

 

Vooks

A kid-safe, ad-free streaming library of read-aloud animated storybooks. Also offering downloadable resources and lesson plans. 30 day free trial available now with a nominal fee of $4.99/month afterwards. 

https://www.vooks.com/parent-resources

 

Dreamscape by Squiggle Park

An engaging reading game for grades 2-8 for free.

https://www.squigglepark.com/dreamscape/

 

Wacky Web Tales

Do you remember Mad Libs? Well this is Mad Libs for kids! It teaches you the parts of speech so you can build your own wacky web tale!

https://www.eduplace.com/tales/

 

Switch Zoo Animal Games

Have you ever seen a zebra with the head of a giraffe? Me either! At the Switch Zoo you can make any wacky animal you want while learning about animals, playing games, solving puzzles, and more.

https://switchzoo.com/default.htm

 

Extended School Closings: Everything an IEP Parent Needs to Know about FAPE

By A Day in your Shoes

https://adayinourshoes.com/extended-school-closings-everything-an-iep-parent-needs-to-know-fape-online-services/

 

How to Deal With IEP and Skills Regression for Parents

By A Day in your Shoes

https://adayinourshoes.com/how-to-deal-with-iep-and-skills-regression-for-parents/

 

Free Webinar – Questions Answered for Families During Time of Uncertainty

Presented by the PEAL Center (in Pennsylvania)

https://pealcenter.org/peals-covid-19-resource-page/

 

Audible

Audible is offering free stories for kids after coronavirus closes schools

https://www.nj.com/entertainment/2020/03/audible-is-offering-free-stories-for-kids-after-coronavirus-closes-schools.html 

 

Resources for Parents & Teachers

From Allegheny Intermediate Unit (in Pennsylvania)

https://pa49000033.schoolwires.net/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&DomainID=4&ModuleInstanceID=11&ViewID=6446EE88-D30C-497E-9316-3F8874B3E108&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=8299&PageID=1

 

Resources for Schools and Families During COVID-19 

An extensive list of even more educational sites, resources, and more.

https://www.actionforhealthykids.org/resources-for-schools-and-families-during-covid-19-coronavirus/

 

Kids Activities Blog

A listing of free subscriptions being offered due to school closures

https://kidsactivitiesblog.com/135609/list-of-education-companies-offering-free-subscriptions/?fbclid=IwAR3M6eLNqEqVcjV3G5N8I9HhGtloE4kq1P21wX9ShuYaK5iPUULdGywAhDs

 

National Geographic Kids

Fun and exciting ways to learn new things

https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/

 

Scholastic’s Learn at Home Website

Scholastic has created a free resource that provides your children with 20 days of articles and stories, videos, and fun learning challenges. Children can complete in any time, and in any order. 

www.scholastic.com/learnathome 

 

Khan Academy

Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. Their curriculums include math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. 

www.khanacademy.com

 

PBS Kids

Offers fun and interactive games and videos

www.pbskids.org 

 

Crash Course by PBS 

Offers short videos on a variety of topics to get an overview of 

https://thecrashcourse.com/courses

 

Amazing Educational Resources

See a full list of educational resources offering free subscriptions due to school closures, provided by Amazing Educational Resources.

http://www.amazingeducationalresources.com/

 

Educational Website & Apps for Kids 3-14

Age appropriate and educational websites 

https://nicoleschlechter.com/25educationalwebsites/?mc_cid=a21d43291b&mc_eid=c872aaa4d6

 

Ranger Rick

Opening up the full website for free through the end of June

https://rangerrick.org/stuck-indoors/

 

25 Virtual Field Trips

Listings of virtual tours and live cameras to take a trip while learning

https://www.weareteachers.com/best-virtual-field-trips/ 

 

LUNCH DOODLES with Mo Willems!

Kennedy Center Education Artist-in-Residence at Home, Mo Willems invites YOU into his studio every day for his LUNCH DOODLE. New episodes will be posted each weekday at 1:00 p.m. ET and then remain online to be streamed afterwards. Check back each weekday for new LUNCH DOODLES!

https://www.kennedy-center.org/education/mo-willems?fbclid=IwAR0ugYxHeWgBnlXg-B8yfcmDGZu5jirFPb2V9YRjEgLjNDLOtJxHNoHQf4Y

 

Strategies for eLearning Days in the Wake of COVID-19:

With many schools and learning centers closing for a period of time due to coronavirus (COVID-19), educators are utilizing technology to offer learning opportunities to students at home. Join the State Education Technology Directors Association (SETDA) on March 17 for their webinar to learn more about implementing “eLearning Days.”

https://tryingtogether.org/event/elearning-days-covid-19/?fbclid=IwAR1_oqvsQcytBDyJv2riR1mduJeVnaHgIklLbTOiFJoxzvXPm7LPw2vzMaU

 

Tobii Dynavox

Free learning hub available during this time

https://learn.tobiidynavox.com/

 

NASA Kids Club

Get the latest updates from NASA

https://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub/index.html?fbclid=IwAR0D9PigQVbE0SH5mZEG4IZLNwVWY5xlUaFETi9tG1N9po7cW40ogj7ozWQ

 

Online Resources

Listing of top YouTube channels, streaming shows, and podcasts for children to continue learning at home

https://fordhaminstitute.org/national/commentary/resources-learning-home-during-covid-19-school-closures

 

Epic! is the Leading Digital Library for Kids 12 & Under:

Instantly access 35,000 of the best books, learning videos, quizzes & more

https://www.getepic.com/?fbclid=IwAR10jDtb9BZPhPLFDFa0g9oFQNWo3LUWwa4ltCLHaMaK9QRvDoYTqCen9Og

 

Storyline Online

The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Storyline Online Program is a free literacy resource where actors read to children. Each video includes an activity guide aligned with Common Core for at home lessons and learning.

https://www.facebook.com/StorylineOnline/

 

Simple: The New York Public Library E-Reader App

SimplyE is The New York Public Library’s free e-reader app that makes it easier than ever to borrow e-books. It is available on the App Store or Google Play.

https://www.nypl.org/books-music-movies/ebookcentral/simplye 

 

Help Kidz Learn

Apps and resources for teachers and students to help them to continue their learning at home with minimum disruption.

https://www.helpkidzlearn.com/updates/school-closure.html?utm_source=Inclusive+Technology+%26+HelpKidzLearn&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=3506fb6575-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_09_25_02_43_COPY_01&utm_content=hklfreeresources&utm_term=0_27aa929edc-3506fb6575-15435411&mc_cid=3506fb6575&mc_eid=4cb6b38eca&fbclid=IwAR2NBb_1NnS32Un-7inR6U9LywDtQSBwMqqaS2oBuQe8g8LGpAuJNO36sQg 

 

Spanish children’s stories

Well-known children’s stories translated into Spanish and spoken by a native Spanish speaker. Great for kids… and adults too! Read along in Spanish or English.

https://www.thespanishexperiment.com/stories?fbclid=IwAR0FuYX5lgpYkFDP-uOemjBeh7wiYaMW70QhZN_1LWq8S5QM1vGwnrbab7c#.XCedvqR2dF4.facebook 

RESOURCES FOR SLPs

Apraxia Kids Blogs

These blogs were written by SLPs to help parents and professionals to better understand the evolving world of telepractice and teletherapy during this time of social distancing. 

 

Keep Calm and Chatter On

https://www.apraxia-kids.org/keep-calm-and-chatter-on/

 

Speech Therapy Services Through Telepractice

https://www.apraxia-kids.org/speech-therapy-services-through-telepractice/

 

Information for AAC and Home Practice

https://www.apraxia-kids.org/information-for-aac-and-home-practice/

 

Adjusting to the Everchanging Times: Using Telepractice to Treat CAS During COVID-19

https://www.apraxia-kids.org/adjusting-to-the-everchanging-times-using-telepractice-to-treat-childhood-apraxia-of-speech-during-covid-19/

 

Facebook Group – Teletherapy Materials for Speech-Language Pathologists

This is a private Facebook group just for SLPs to share materials that are helping them manage their teletherapy practice.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/420947961614606/?ref=nf_target&fref=nf

 

ASHA on Facebook

ASHA is staying on top of the COVID-19 situation and offering regular updates about ways they can support you as well as information about teletherapy. Follow them for updates!

https://www.facebook.com/asha.org/

 

ASHA’s Resources for Telepractice During COVID-19

ASHA is monitoring the situation closely and updating information for SLPs and other professionals on how they can provide their services through telepractice. They have a list of state-by-state tracking of laws and regulations for telepractice and more.

https://www.asha.org/About/Telepractice-Resources-During-COVID-19/

 

The Hanen Centre

This organization offers a plethora of information and resources for both parents and professionals to help them so they can help their children reach their fullest literacy potential. 

http://www.hanen.org/Home.aspx

 

COVID-19 Resources: Clinic Activities to Implement at Home

This tremendous resource compiled by University of Nebraska-Lincoln offers a variety of resources for individuals with special needs and communication disorders while they’re safe at home. This list can help families, SLPs, and other professionals. 

https://cehs.unl.edu/secd/covid-19-resources/#family

 

The SLP Solution

How to help your clients during school closings

https://www.slpsolution.com/covid-19-response-plan-for-speech-language-professionals-what-to-do-if-your-school-gets-shut-down-for-coronavirus/

 

SLP Telecon Webinars

SLP Telecon is a 2 day LIVE event with 6 speakers from across the country. Due to recent circumstances SLPs may be required to provide services virtually for the first time ever! Over these 2 days, you will learn from some amazing SLPs who will be sharing their best tips and tricks for getting started and best practices in teletherapy!

https://www.bethebrightest.com/conferences/slp-telecon/register

 

The Informed SLP

Offering free information on teletherapy.

https://www.theinformedslpmembers.com/free-telepractice-research-reviews

 

Medicare Telemedicine Health Care Provider Fact Sheet 

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has broadened access to Medicare telehealth services so that beneficiaries can receive a wider range of services from their doctors without having to travel to a healthcare facility. These policy changes build on the regulatory flexibilities granted under the President’s emergency declaration.

https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/fact-sheets/medicare-telemedicine-health-care-provider-fact-sheet?fbclid=IwAR2DeW9XWGypVmsohcjSc2gdKSJwDsefxYXmuc16tjzaM4Bb_AMxX9rbbwc

ACCESS TO INTERNET SERVICES

Optimum (Altice)

Offering free internet for 60 days. Starting Monday, March 16, 2020, eligible households interested in this solution can call: 866-200-9522 to enroll in Optimum region.

https://www.alticeusa.com/news/articles/feature/corporate/altice-usa-brings-free-broadband-k-12-and-college-students-during-coronavirus-pandemic

 

Charter Spectrum

-Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and WiFi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll, call 1-844-488-8395.

-Installation fees will be waived for new student households.

-Charter will partner with school districts to ensure local communities are aware of these tools to help students learn remotely.

-For eligible low-income households without school-aged children, Charter continues to offer Spectrum Internet Assist, which is a low-cost broadband program delivering speeds of 30 Mbps.

https://www.spectrum.com/

 

Comcast Xifinity

– Comcast is pausing data plans for 60 days giving all customers unlimited data for no additional charge.

– Xfinity WiFi hotspots will also be free.

– Comcast will not disconnect a customer’s Internet or access late fees if they contact the company and let them know that they can’t pay their bills during this period.

– New customers will get 60 days of complimentary Internet Essentials service, which is normally available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95 per month. Additionally, the speed of the program’s Internet service was increased to 25 Mbps downstream and 3 Mbps upstream. There is no additional fee and it becomes the new base speed going forward.

https://corporate.comcast.com/press/releases/internet-essentials-low-income-broadband-coronavirus-pandemic

 

AT&T

Offering 60 days of free public service

All AT&T consumer home internet wireline customers, as well as Fixed Wireless Internet, can use unlimited internet data. Additionally, AT&T will continue to offer internet access for qualifying limited income households at $10 a month through the Access from AT&T program.

https://about.att.com/pages/COVID-19.html

 

Mint

Starting March 15, 2020 through April 14, 2020, Mint Mobile will be providing all current and new customers with FREE unlimited high-speed data add-ons.

http://mintmobile.com/unlimited

WAYS TO KEEP BUSY AND HAVE FUN AT HOME

Sometimes you just need a break from the news, your new at-home routine, and all of the new stressors you may be experiencing. Here are some listicles that share some ideas on fun things you can do at home and as a family to pass the time!

 

Go Noodle

This website can certainly be educational for children but it also allows them to learn while getting out bursts of energy! There are lots of videos and games that encourage movement so kids can stay active and engaged at home. 

https://www.gonoodle.com/

 

Fun and Function is offering free webinars and resources for families 

https://funandfunction.com/supporting-you-during-the-coronavirus-crisis

 

Google Earth Has Virtual Tours of 31 National Parks in the U.S.

https://www.thrillist.com/news/nation/google-earth-virtual-tours-of-us-national-parks?fbclid=IwAR0NiFZxq2TU4p9deoKNLl4IYsWd1Uyz8Jgbsaz0nPLDVS0XEJyUfck_lQQ

 

A list of free, online, boredom-busting resources!

https://chatterpack.net/blogs/blog/list-of-online-resources-for-anyone-who-is-isolated-at-home 

 

5 Minute Move: Kids workouts to do at home

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3LPrhI0v-w

 

Educational Ways to Have Fun, written by a school principal

https://www.weareteachers.com/things-to-do-during-covid/

 

30 Fun Things to Do at Home by Lifehack

https://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/30-fun-things-home.html

 

23 Fun Activities With Things You Have At Home by Seattle Times

https://www.seattletimes.com/life/at-home-with-kids-because-of-coronavirus-closures-here-are-23-fun-activities-using-stuff-you-already-have/

 

Fun Things to Do at Home by Happier Human

https://www.happierhuman.com/fun-things-to-do-at-home/

 

20 Best Podcasts for Families by Parent Map

https://www.parentmap.com/article/20-best-podcasts-families-road

 

25 Best Podcasts for Kids

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/the-best-podcasts-for-kids

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE OPTIONS

Many people are working remotely or not able to work at all during this confusing time. It’s important to stay on top of your finances to the best of your ability if your work situation is uncertain. Here are some loose guidelines on making sure your needs and finances are being supported. Keep in mind, these aren’t the same for everyone – this is just a starting point to get you thinking about your own unique situations. 

 

First and foremost, make sure that your basic needs are being met: food, water, medications, housing, and utilities. 

 

Secondly, take some time to reach out to your service providers (credit card companies, banks, loan providers, landlords, utility providers, etc.) to see what kind of payment options they have during this time. Many of these companies are offering lowered rates, delayed or deferred payments, or other options. Keeping an open line of communication with these companies to make sure you aren’t penalized (if possible) during this time of hardship.

 

Lastly, if you or your loved ones are taking any medications or using any other lifesaving medical devices and supports, be sure to keep them fully stocked and operational so that you are not abruptly stopping them at any given time during the social distancing orders. If you are at risk of running low, make sure to stock up as soon as possible. If your insurance isn’t ready to cover your next refill yet, give them a call to explain your situation and see if they can expedite your next refill coverage. If you cannot afford your medications at the moment, please know that there are many medication funds available for you so you never go without. 

 

Here are some financial resources that may help you cover the cost of medications, utilities, and more. 

 

Getting help with medications

 

The Assistance Fund

https://tafcares.org/

 

Needy Meds

https://www.needymeds.org/

 

RX Assist

https://www.rxassist.org/

 

RX Hope

https://www.rxhope.com/

 

Help paying for bills

Aunt Bertha

https://www.auntbertha.com/

 

211

Dial 2-1-1 from your phone to receive information about local resources

 

Help When You Need It

http://helpwhenyouneedit.org/

Local listings for food pantries, financial assistance, housing support, and more

 

USA.gov

https://www.usa.gov/help-with-bills

Learn about government programs you may be eligible for to receive financial support

Apraxia Kids has been closely monitoring the spread of the COVID-19 throughout the United States and Canada. We are responding to the rapidly changing events relative to the virus to develop appropriate contingency plans for business continuity and in consideration of the safety of our staff, volunteers, and constituents. Most importantly, please know that we understand that the uncertainty and unprecedented nature of these times can be tough on all of us, and we are here to support you, your families, and the apraxia community in any way that we can.

To ensure safety, we have developed a plan for our organization which follows guidelines set forth by the CDC, the WHO, and the Allegheny County Health Department. As of March 17, 2020, all staff have been instructed to work remotely. This will continue through March 31, 2020 and will be reassessed to determine whether this plan will be extended. All of our normal communication channels, including office phones and email will continue to work during this disruption. 

We have also made the decision to postpone all events through May 31, 2020 to a new date in 2020. While we do not yet have confirmed dates, we will announce this information as soon as it is available. It is our wish to host impactful events that bring our apraxia community together, and we look forward to a time when we can do so again safely.

Despite these changes, we remain committed to our mission to ensure each and every family and professional feel supported on their journey. We will continue to closely monitor the situation and will make any necessary adjustments as needed, especially around our summer fundraisers and National Conference. We appreciate the patience and understanding of our community as we navigate these uncertain circumstances.

 

 Sincerely,

 

Angela Grimm
Executive Director

Resource List

SPEECH THERAPY IMPACTS DURING COVID-19

You may be asking yourself, “Will my child be able to make up lost time from their school speech therapy?” It’s a scary and confusing time for everyone but you may also have the added worry of speech and special education progress. Here are some important memos that may answer some of your questions. 

 

“Questions and Answers on Providing Services to Children with Disabilities During the Coronavirus Disease Outbreak”

https://www.isbe.net/Documents/qa-covid-19-03-12-2020.pdf

 

“COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for State Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Agencies”

https://www.medicaid.gov/state-resource-center/downloads/covd-19-faqs-20200312.pdf

 

Medicare Telemedicine Health Care Provider Fact Sheet 

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has broadened access to Medicare telehealth services so that beneficiaries can receive a wider range of services from their doctors without having to travel to a healthcare facility. These policy changes build on the regulatory flexibilities granted under the President’s emergency declaration.

https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/fact-sheets/medicare-telemedicine-health-care-provider-fact-sheet?fbclid=IwAR2DeW9XWGypVmsohcjSc2gdKSJwDsefxYXmuc16tjzaM4Bb_AMxX9rbbwc

 

IDEA: Questions and Answers on Providing Services to Children with Disabilities During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Outbreak (March 2020)

This Questions and Answers document outlines states’ responsibilities to infants, toddlers, and children with disabilities and their families, and to the staff serving these children.

https://sites.ed.gov/idea/idea-files/q-and-a-providing-services-to-children-with-disabilities-during-the-coronavirus-disease-2019-outbreak/#citem_7096-289b 

 

Wrightslaw: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Q&A

Information from the U.S. Department of Education that will answer some of your questions and help get your child’s special education back on track when schools do re-open.

https://www.wrightslaw.com/info/fape.svcs.covid-19.htm 

 

Webinar on Ensuring Web Accessibility for Students with Disabilities

The Office for Civil Rights (U.S. Department of Education) released today a webinar on ensuring web accessibility for students with disabilities for schools utilizing online learning during COVID-19 

http://ow.ly/MrMv50yOZxr 

 

Cari Ebert, MS, CCC-SLP

A guide on what to do when speech therapy is temporarily unavailable, from an SLP’s perspective

https://www.cariebertseminars.com/uploads/2/8/9/0/28903483/when_speech_therapy_is_temporarily_unavailable.pdf

 

Teletherapy Guidelines

Both SLPs and parents of children with apraxia should be aware of guidelines set around teletherapy and its implications at this time. Please follow the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) for more information. Here are a few resources from their website.

https://www.asha.org/About/Coronavirus-Updates/

https://www.asha.org/Practice/reimbursement/Payment-and-Coverage-Considerations-for-Telepractice-Services-During-Coronavirus/

ASHA Revisits Guidance on Medicare Telepractice

https://blog.asha.org/2020/03/24/asha-revisits-guidance-on-medicare-telepractice/?fbclid=IwAR1swUn0JOMDCG8ip_KQA1yGwaI5RMtijenzF4rmMFfDOzapDu8ZM1Qm7zE

RESOURCES FROM APRAXIA KIDS

Blogs

We are adding new blogs and content as often as possible to keep you as informed as possible. Here is a list of the new blog posts that have recently been published:

 

Coping with COVID-19: Tips for Incorporating Self-Care and Dealing with Anxiety

https://www.apraxia-kids.org/coping-with-covid-19-tips-for-incorporating-self-care-and-dealing-with-anxiety/

 

Keep Calm and Chatter On

https://www.apraxia-kids.org/keep-calm-and-chatter-on/

 

Speech Therapy Services Through Telepractice

https://www.apraxia-kids.org/speech-therapy-services-through-telepractice/

 

Information for AAC and Home Practice

https://www.apraxia-kids.org/information-for-aac-and-home-practice/

 

Adjusting to the Ever-changing Times: Using Telepractice to Treat CAS During COVID-19

https://www.apraxia-kids.org/adjusting-to-the-everchanging-times-using-telepractice-to-treat-childhood-apraxia-of-speech-during-covid-19/

 

Apps Guide

Apraxia Kids has partnered with Penn State Health to share and distribute the Speech and Language Apps guide published by The Department of Behavior and Developmental Pediatrics at The Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital. Apraxia Kids does not endorse any specific apps nor is this list all-inclusive. The directory is meant only to be a guide/resource. https://www.apraxia-kids.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Application-Directory2.pdf 

 

Article Library

Free Article from the Apraxia Kids Article Library: How to help your child with speech practice at home

https://www.apraxia-kids.org/apraxia_kids_library/the-importance-of-parent-involvement-in-the-speech-therapy-process/

 

Webinars

Eight presentations can be accessed for free by visiting our website and signing up for a “Free Introductory Membership”.

https://www.apraxia-kids.org/on-demand-webinars/ 

 

Stay Connected with Apraxia Kids: Facebook Groups

Our main Facebook support group, Apraxia Kids: Official Support Group, has been very active with thoughtful and supportive conversations around what to do next while we’re all figuring out this time of confusion and challenges. It’s important to stay connected to others while following the CDC and other community guidelines around social distancing. Stay connected with others through our Facebook groups! Connecting with other parents in similar situations may help you navigate the world of resources available to parents while your apraxia stars are home from school. Hopefully they help you productively and successfully navigate this time away from therapies and school!

 

Stay connected with others through our Facebook groups! 

https://www.apraxia-kids.org/how-to-help/support-groups-2/

COVID-19 UPDATES & INFORMATION

Talking to Your Children About Coronavirus – Meet The Helpers

https://www.meetthehelpers.org/meet-the-helpers-coronavirus/

 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

 

World Health Organization

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

 

U.S Department of Education

https://www.ed.gov/coronavirus

 

U.S. Department of Agriculture

https://www.usda.gov/coronavirus

 

USA.gov

https://www.usa.gov/coronavirus

 

Nanogirl Live – Coronavirus for Kids

The Nanogirl Live show provides free videos and experiments to help children better understand the coronavirus and how they can stay safe. 

https://www.nanogirllive.co.nz/coronavirus-soap-experiment

MANAGING YOUR MENTAL HEALTH

Apraxia Kids Blog – “Coping with COVID-19”

This blog shares with you tips on how you can focus on your mental health during these unusual and stressful times. It also reminds you that it’s okay if each day doesn’t go perfectly. Be kind to yourself and do the best with what you have. 

https://www.apraxia-kids.org/coping-with-covid-19-tips-for-incorporating-self-care-and-dealing-with-anxiety/

 

Voices of Youth

This website is designed just for young adults aged 13-24. It’s a great place for teens and young adults to gather together, virtually, to see they are not alone in what they are feeling. Voices of Youth also has an art campaign around COVID-19 right now to allow youth to put their feelings into different artistic expressions to share with the world. 

https://www.voicesofyouth.org/campaign/covid-19-and-youth-mental-health#header–16076

 

Parenting During Coronavirus: You Are Enough

This encouraging article from PBS.org reminds parents that everything is different right now so you should allow yourself to feel whatever you’re feeling and know that all that you are doing right now…it’s enough!

https://www.pbs.org/parents/thrive/parenting-during-coronavirus-you-are-enough?fbclid=IwAR1MdcQ7G9l_26yLXD39gH_faiHPMOHPJ92OocnBUl2BjA75bbg18qTHgD4

 

Supporting Children and Young People with Worries about COVID-19

This resource shares some advice and guidance for parents, caregivers, and professionals who work with children and young people who may be struggling to cope with the current climate.

https://emergingminds.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/COVID19_advice-for-parents-and-carers_20.3_.pdf?fbclid=IwAR2ntdGOcQOCTi5jPnqz1lHNebNuOVF0BdY_dvvzoY1YLGBNh_RW73GV4JU

 

Mental Health and COVID-19

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is a great support and resource. Visit their COVID-19 specific information to learn how it may impact your mental health and what you can do to limit that. 

https://afsp.org/mental-health-and-covid-19

 

Children’s Guide to Coronavirus by Children’s Commissioner

This guide talks about what the coronavirus is but it also helps children better understand it and how they’re feeling about these confusing times. They help kids figure out “where to put their worry.”

https://www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/cco-childrens-guide-to-coronavirus.pdf

 

Emerging Minds

The Emerging Minds research group compiled a lengthy list of resources for parents, children, and teens to better understand and manage their mental health surrounding the coronavirus. 

https://emergingminds.org.uk/recommended-resources-supporting-children-and-young-people-with-worries-and-anxiety-links/

AT-HOME SPEECH THERAPY RESOURCES

Apraxia Kids Blogs

These blogs were written by SLPs to help parents and professionals to better understand the evolving world of telepractice and teletherapy during this time of social distancing. 

 

Keep Calm and Chatter On

https://www.apraxia-kids.org/keep-calm-and-chatter-on/

 

Speech Therapy Services Through Telepractice

https://www.apraxia-kids.org/speech-therapy-services-through-telepractice/

 

Information for AAC and Home Practice

https://www.apraxia-kids.org/information-for-aac-and-home-practice/

 

Adjusting to the Everchanging Times: Using Telepractice to Treat CAS During COVID-19

https://www.apraxia-kids.org/adjusting-to-the-everchanging-times-using-telepractice-to-treat-childhood-apraxia-of-speech-during-covid-19/

 

COVID-19 Resources: Clinic Activities to Implement at Home

This tremendous resource compiled by University of Nebraska-Lincoln offers a variety of resources for individuals with special needs and communication disorders while they’re safe at home. This list can help families, SLPs, and other professionals. 

https://cehs.unl.edu/secd/covid-19-resources/#family

 

Phonics Hero

Offers a free 30 day account for children right now. This site has lots of programs to help your stars build sounds, single words, and sentences. 

https://www.phonicshero.com/coronavirus-support/

 

Story Place

Offers a digital pre-school library

https://www.storyplace.org/

 

Fun Brain

Learning games by grade level

https://www.funbrain.com/

 

LearnEnglish Kids

Free online games, songs, stories, and more to help children learn. Currently has helpful information about COVID-19 and also has a section for parents. 

http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/

 

Mommy Speech Therapy

Free speech therapy worksheet downloads

http://mommyspeechtherapy.com/?page_id=55&fbclid=IwAR2tKg3wvBjhTOebb8zg4y9B7mMhESeHFGgfCNoV99BUFGnDR_y5AVCBTvo

 

Online Literacy Resources

Online read-alouds, story times, sing-alongs, and illustrating tutorials to do from home

https://growingbookbybook.com/online-literacy-resources/

 

Fluency and Fitness

Free registration for 21 days during school closures

https://fluencyandfitness.com/register/school-closures/?fbclid=IwAR1FlWx8T9YxnJsWvZZ2ozXR57IwQ0HgDzt7lC4EUEteQoNcgGAUgvULC8o

 

My Coronavirus Story

A social story for children 

https://www.flipsnack.com/KeshetChicago/coronavirus-social-story/full-view.html?fbclid=IwAR2qPdQVekbVZ9w3gAlJ2bdp3fhh7RxKIC1uT_8WxrBzXediqG6W9pMovvk

 

Speech and Language Kids by The SLP Solution

Ideas, resources, games, and free downloads from a certified SLP

https://www.speechandlanguagekids.com/free-speech-language-resources/

 

DIY Speech Therapy Activities by Kid’s Creek

Kid’s Creek offers speech, occupational, and physical therapy for children based out of Georgia but also has a helpful blog resource.

https://www.kidscreektherapy.com/seven-fun-diy-speech-therapy-activities-parents/

 

Playing with Words 365 Blog

An informative blog for parents by a parent (and an SLP!). Offers free downloads and tips for continuing speech therapy at home.

http://www.playingwithwords365.com/

 

Making Articulation Fun by Virtual Speech Center

Virtual Speech Center hosts a lot of informative resources, free downloads, and a helpful blog including this post about ways to improve articulation through fun games at home.

https://www.virtualspeechcenter.com/blog/139/15-ways-of-making-articulation-homework-fun-at-home

EDUCATIONAL WEBSITES & RESOURCES FOR KIDS (not speech specific)

Distance Learning for Special Education

This page was built by educators and families from around the world as a collaborative resource for students with disabilities. Included are online resources, tips for families, tips for professionals, and more. 

https://sites.google.com/view/distance-learning-specialed/home?authuser=0

 

The Hanen Centre

This organization offers a plethora of information and resources for both parents and professionals to help them so they can help their children reach their fullest literacy potential. 

http://www.hanen.org/Home.aspx

 

ABCYA

Loads of fun and interactive games grouped by grade level.

https://www.abcya.com/

 

PBS Learning Media

WQED and PBS have teamed up to curate a FREE batch of resources for standards-aligned videos, interactives, and lesson plans for families and teachers. 

https://wqed.pbslearningmedia.org/

 

FunBrain

A website organized by grade level complete with games, reading, videos, math, and more!

https://www.funbrain.com/

 

Highlights

The popular magazine’s online partnership, full of games and activities.

https://www.highlights.com/

 

ABC Mouse

An Early Learning Academy online for children ages 2-8.

https://www.abcmouse.com/abt/homepage

 

Wonderopolis
Every day, Wonderopolis poses an intriguing question, the “Wonder of the Day”, and explore it in a variety of ways. Learn something new every day with Wonderopolis! 

https://wonderopolis.org/

 

BrainPOP

BrainPOP is offering free access during school closures right now. There’s an extensive library of learning opportunities in the areas of science, english, math, art, and more! They even have BrainPOP Jr. for grades K-3. 

https://www.brainpop.com/

 

Vooks

A kid-safe, ad-free streaming library of read-aloud animated storybooks. Also offering downloadable resources and lesson plans. 30 day free trial available now with a nominal fee of $4.99/month afterwards. 

https://www.vooks.com/parent-resources

 

Dreamscape by Squiggle Park

An engaging reading game for grades 2-8 for free.

https://www.squigglepark.com/dreamscape/

 

Wacky Web Tales

Do you remember Mad Libs? Well this is Mad Libs for kids! It teaches you the parts of speech so you can build your own wacky web tale!

https://www.eduplace.com/tales/

 

Switch Zoo Animal Games

Have you ever seen a zebra with the head of a giraffe? Me either! At the Switch Zoo you can make any wacky animal you want while learning about animals, playing games, solving puzzles, and more.

https://switchzoo.com/default.htm

 

Extended School Closings: Everything an IEP Parent Needs to Know about FAPE

By A Day in your Shoes

https://adayinourshoes.com/extended-school-closings-everything-an-iep-parent-needs-to-know-fape-online-services/

 

How to Deal With IEP and Skills Regression for Parents

By A Day in your Shoes

https://adayinourshoes.com/how-to-deal-with-iep-and-skills-regression-for-parents/

 

Free Webinar – Questions Answered for Families During Time of Uncertainty

Presented by the PEAL Center (in Pennsylvania)

https://pealcenter.org/peals-covid-19-resource-page/

 

Audible

Audible is offering free stories for kids after coronavirus closes schools

https://www.nj.com/entertainment/2020/03/audible-is-offering-free-stories-for-kids-after-coronavirus-closes-schools.html 

 

Resources for Parents & Teachers

From Allegheny Intermediate Unit (in Pennsylvania)

https://pa49000033.schoolwires.net/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&DomainID=4&ModuleInstanceID=11&ViewID=6446EE88-D30C-497E-9316-3F8874B3E108&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=8299&PageID=1

 

Resources for Schools and Families During COVID-19 

An extensive list of even more educational sites, resources, and more.

https://www.actionforhealthykids.org/resources-for-schools-and-families-during-covid-19-coronavirus/

 

Kids Activities Blog

A listing of free subscriptions being offered due to school closures

https://kidsactivitiesblog.com/135609/list-of-education-companies-offering-free-subscriptions/?fbclid=IwAR3M6eLNqEqVcjV3G5N8I9HhGtloE4kq1P21wX9ShuYaK5iPUULdGywAhDs

 

National Geographic Kids

Fun and exciting ways to learn new things

https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/

 

Scholastic’s Learn at Home Website

Scholastic has created a free resource that provides your children with 20 days of articles and stories, videos, and fun learning challenges. Children can complete in any time, and in any order. 

www.scholastic.com/learnathome 

 

Khan Academy

Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. Their curriculums include math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. 

www.khanacademy.com

 

PBS Kids

Offers fun and interactive games and videos

www.pbskids.org 

 

Crash Course by PBS 

Offers short videos on a variety of topics to get an overview of 

https://thecrashcourse.com/courses

 

Amazing Educational Resources

See a full list of educational resources offering free subscriptions due to school closures, provided by Amazing Educational Resources.

http://www.amazingeducationalresources.com/

 

Educational Website & Apps for Kids 3-14

Age appropriate and educational websites 

https://nicoleschlechter.com/25educationalwebsites/?mc_cid=a21d43291b&mc_eid=c872aaa4d6

 

Ranger Rick

Opening up the full website for free through the end of June

https://rangerrick.org/stuck-indoors/

 

25 Virtual Field Trips

Listings of virtual tours and live cameras to take a trip while learning

https://www.weareteachers.com/best-virtual-field-trips/ 

 

LUNCH DOODLES with Mo Willems!

Kennedy Center Education Artist-in-Residence at Home, Mo Willems invites YOU into his studio every day for his LUNCH DOODLE. New episodes will be posted each weekday at 1:00 p.m. ET and then remain online to be streamed afterwards. Check back each weekday for new LUNCH DOODLES!

https://www.kennedy-center.org/education/mo-willems?fbclid=IwAR0ugYxHeWgBnlXg-B8yfcmDGZu5jirFPb2V9YRjEgLjNDLOtJxHNoHQf4Y

 

Strategies for eLearning Days in the Wake of COVID-19:

With many schools and learning centers closing for a period of time due to coronavirus (COVID-19), educators are utilizing technology to offer learning opportunities to students at home. Join the State Education Technology Directors Association (SETDA) on March 17 for their webinar to learn more about implementing “eLearning Days.”

https://tryingtogether.org/event/elearning-days-covid-19/?fbclid=IwAR1_oqvsQcytBDyJv2riR1mduJeVnaHgIklLbTOiFJoxzvXPm7LPw2vzMaU

 

Tobii Dynavox

Free learning hub available during this time

https://learn.tobiidynavox.com/

 

NASA Kids Club

Get the latest updates from NASA

https://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub/index.html?fbclid=IwAR0D9PigQVbE0SH5mZEG4IZLNwVWY5xlUaFETi9tG1N9po7cW40ogj7ozWQ

 

Online Resources

Listing of top YouTube channels, streaming shows, and podcasts for children to continue learning at home

https://fordhaminstitute.org/national/commentary/resources-learning-home-during-covid-19-school-closures

 

Epic! is the Leading Digital Library for Kids 12 & Under:

Instantly access 35,000 of the best books, learning videos, quizzes & more

https://www.getepic.com/?fbclid=IwAR10jDtb9BZPhPLFDFa0g9oFQNWo3LUWwa4ltCLHaMaK9QRvDoYTqCen9Og

 

Storyline Online

The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Storyline Online Program is a free literacy resource where actors read to children. Each video includes an activity guide aligned with Common Core for at home lessons and learning.

https://www.facebook.com/StorylineOnline/

 

Simple: The New York Public Library E-Reader App

SimplyE is The New York Public Library’s free e-reader app that makes it easier than ever to borrow e-books. It is available on the App Store or Google Play.

https://www.nypl.org/books-music-movies/ebookcentral/simplye 

 

Help Kidz Learn

Apps and resources for teachers and students to help them to continue their learning at home with minimum disruption.

https://www.helpkidzlearn.com/updates/school-closure.html?utm_source=Inclusive+Technology+%26+HelpKidzLearn&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=3506fb6575-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_09_25_02_43_COPY_01&utm_content=hklfreeresources&utm_term=0_27aa929edc-3506fb6575-15435411&mc_cid=3506fb6575&mc_eid=4cb6b38eca&fbclid=IwAR2NBb_1NnS32Un-7inR6U9LywDtQSBwMqqaS2oBuQe8g8LGpAuJNO36sQg 

 

Spanish children’s stories

Well-known children’s stories translated into Spanish and spoken by a native Spanish speaker. Great for kids… and adults too! Read along in Spanish or English.

https://www.thespanishexperiment.com/stories?fbclid=IwAR0FuYX5lgpYkFDP-uOemjBeh7wiYaMW70QhZN_1LWq8S5QM1vGwnrbab7c#.XCedvqR2dF4.facebook 

RESOURCES FOR SLPs

Apraxia Kids Blogs

These blogs were written by SLPs to help parents and professionals to better understand the evolving world of telepractice and teletherapy during this time of social distancing. 

 

Keep Calm and Chatter On

https://www.apraxia-kids.org/keep-calm-and-chatter-on/

 

Speech Therapy Services Through Telepractice

https://www.apraxia-kids.org/speech-therapy-services-through-telepractice/

 

Information for AAC and Home Practice

https://www.apraxia-kids.org/information-for-aac-and-home-practice/

 

Adjusting to the Everchanging Times: Using Telepractice to Treat CAS During COVID-19

https://www.apraxia-kids.org/adjusting-to-the-everchanging-times-using-telepractice-to-treat-childhood-apraxia-of-speech-during-covid-19/

 

Facebook Group – Teletherapy Materials for Speech-Language Pathologists

This is a private Facebook group just for SLPs to share materials that are helping them manage their teletherapy practice.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/420947961614606/?ref=nf_target&fref=nf

 

ASHA on Facebook

ASHA is staying on top of the COVID-19 situation and offering regular updates about ways they can support you as well as information about teletherapy. Follow them for updates!

https://www.facebook.com/asha.org/

 

ASHA’s Resources for Telepractice During COVID-19

ASHA is monitoring the situation closely and updating information for SLPs and other professionals on how they can provide their services through telepractice. They have a list of state-by-state tracking of laws and regulations for telepractice and more.

https://www.asha.org/About/Telepractice-Resources-During-COVID-19/

 

The Hanen Centre

This organization offers a plethora of information and resources for both parents and professionals to help them so they can help their children reach their fullest literacy potential. 

http://www.hanen.org/Home.aspx

 

COVID-19 Resources: Clinic Activities to Implement at Home

This tremendous resource compiled by University of Nebraska-Lincoln offers a variety of resources for individuals with special needs and communication disorders while they’re safe at home. This list can help families, SLPs, and other professionals. 

https://cehs.unl.edu/secd/covid-19-resources/#family

 

The SLP Solution

How to help your clients during school closings

https://www.slpsolution.com/covid-19-response-plan-for-speech-language-professionals-what-to-do-if-your-school-gets-shut-down-for-coronavirus/

 

SLP Telecon Webinars

SLP Telecon is a 2 day LIVE event with 6 speakers from across the country. Due to recent circumstances SLPs may be required to provide services virtually for the first time ever! Over these 2 days, you will learn from some amazing SLPs who will be sharing their best tips and tricks for getting started and best practices in teletherapy!

https://www.bethebrightest.com/conferences/slp-telecon/register

 

The Informed SLP

Offering free information on teletherapy.

https://www.theinformedslpmembers.com/free-telepractice-research-reviews

 

Medicare Telemedicine Health Care Provider Fact Sheet 

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has broadened access to Medicare telehealth services so that beneficiaries can receive a wider range of services from their doctors without having to travel to a healthcare facility. These policy changes build on the regulatory flexibilities granted under the President’s emergency declaration.

https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/fact-sheets/medicare-telemedicine-health-care-provider-fact-sheet?fbclid=IwAR2DeW9XWGypVmsohcjSc2gdKSJwDsefxYXmuc16tjzaM4Bb_AMxX9rbbwc

ACCESS TO INTERNET SERVICES

Optimum (Altice)

Offering free internet for 60 days. Starting Monday, March 16, 2020, eligible households interested in this solution can call: 866-200-9522 to enroll in Optimum region.

https://www.alticeusa.com/news/articles/feature/corporate/altice-usa-brings-free-broadband-k-12-and-college-students-during-coronavirus-pandemic

 

Charter Spectrum

-Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and WiFi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll, call 1-844-488-8395.

-Installation fees will be waived for new student households.

-Charter will partner with school districts to ensure local communities are aware of these tools to help students learn remotely.

-For eligible low-income households without school-aged children, Charter continues to offer Spectrum Internet Assist, which is a low-cost broadband program delivering speeds of 30 Mbps.

https://www.spectrum.com/

 

Comcast Xifinity

– Comcast is pausing data plans for 60 days giving all customers unlimited data for no additional charge.

– Xfinity WiFi hotspots will also be free.

– Comcast will not disconnect a customer’s Internet or access late fees if they contact the company and let them know that they can’t pay their bills during this period.

– New customers will get 60 days of complimentary Internet Essentials service, which is normally available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95 per month. Additionally, the speed of the program’s Internet service was increased to 25 Mbps downstream and 3 Mbps upstream. There is no additional fee and it becomes the new base speed going forward.

https://corporate.comcast.com/press/releases/internet-essentials-low-income-broadband-coronavirus-pandemic

 

AT&T

Offering 60 days of free public service

All AT&T consumer home internet wireline customers, as well as Fixed Wireless Internet, can use unlimited internet data. Additionally, AT&T will continue to offer internet access for qualifying limited income households at $10 a month through the Access from AT&T program.

https://about.att.com/pages/COVID-19.html

 

Mint

Starting March 15, 2020 through April 14, 2020, Mint Mobile will be providing all current and new customers with FREE unlimited high-speed data add-ons.

http://mintmobile.com/unlimited

WAYS TO KEEP BUSY AND HAVE FUN AT HOME

Sometimes you just need a break from the news, your new at-home routine, and all of the new stressors you may be experiencing. Here are some listicles that share some ideas on fun things you can do at home and as a family to pass the time!

 

Go Noodle

This website can certainly be educational for children but it also allows them to learn while getting out bursts of energy! There are lots of videos and games that encourage movement so kids can stay active and engaged at home. 

https://www.gonoodle.com/

 

Fun and Function is offering free webinars and resources for families 

https://funandfunction.com/supporting-you-during-the-coronavirus-crisis

 

Google Earth Has Virtual Tours of 31 National Parks in the U.S.

https://www.thrillist.com/news/nation/google-earth-virtual-tours-of-us-national-parks?fbclid=IwAR0NiFZxq2TU4p9deoKNLl4IYsWd1Uyz8Jgbsaz0nPLDVS0XEJyUfck_lQQ

 

A list of free, online, boredom-busting resources!

https://chatterpack.net/blogs/blog/list-of-online-resources-for-anyone-who-is-isolated-at-home 

 

5 Minute Move: Kids workouts to do at home

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3LPrhI0v-w

 

Educational Ways to Have Fun, written by a school principal

https://www.weareteachers.com/things-to-do-during-covid/

 

30 Fun Things to Do at Home by Lifehack

https://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/30-fun-things-home.html

 

23 Fun Activities With Things You Have At Home by Seattle Times

https://www.seattletimes.com/life/at-home-with-kids-because-of-coronavirus-closures-here-are-23-fun-activities-using-stuff-you-already-have/

 

Fun Things to Do at Home by Happier Human

https://www.happierhuman.com/fun-things-to-do-at-home/

 

20 Best Podcasts for Families by Parent Map

https://www.parentmap.com/article/20-best-podcasts-families-road

 

25 Best Podcasts for Kids

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/the-best-podcasts-for-kids

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE OPTIONS

Many people are working remotely or not able to work at all during this confusing time. It’s important to stay on top of your finances to the best of your ability if your work situation is uncertain. Here are some loose guidelines on making sure your needs and finances are being supported. Keep in mind, these aren’t the same for everyone – this is just a starting point to get you thinking about your own unique situations. 

 

First and foremost, make sure that your basic needs are being met: food, water, medications, housing, and utilities. 

 

Secondly, take some time to reach out to your service providers (credit card companies, banks, loan providers, landlords, utility providers, etc.) to see what kind of payment options they have during this time. Many of these companies are offering lowered rates, delayed or deferred payments, or other options. Keeping an open line of communication with these companies to make sure you aren’t penalized (if possible) during this time of hardship.

 

Lastly, if you or your loved ones are taking any medications or using any other lifesaving medical devices and supports, be sure to keep them fully stocked and operational so that you are not abruptly stopping them at any given time during the social distancing orders. If you are at risk of running low, make sure to stock up as soon as possible. If your insurance isn’t ready to cover your next refill yet, give them a call to explain your situation and see if they can expedite your next refill coverage. If you cannot afford your medications at the moment, please know that there are many medication funds available for you so you never go without. 

 

Here are some financial resources that may help you cover the cost of medications, utilities, and more. 

 

Getting help with medications

 

The Assistance Fund

https://tafcares.org/

 

Needy Meds

https://www.needymeds.org/

 

RX Assist

https://www.rxassist.org/

 

RX Hope

https://www.rxhope.com/

 

Help paying for bills

Aunt Bertha

https://www.auntbertha.com/

 

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Dial 2-1-1 from your phone to receive information about local resources

 

Help When You Need It

http://helpwhenyouneedit.org/

Local listings for food pantries, financial assistance, housing support, and more

 

USA.gov

https://www.usa.gov/help-with-bills

Learn about government programs you may be eligible for to receive financial support



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