DOE Guidance – Services & Supports to Students During Summer

The Bureau of Student Support has issued FY’20 Memo #37

Guidance for Providing Services and Support to Students During the SummerThe New Hampshire Department of Education (NHDOE), Bureau of Student Support is issuing Guidance for Providing Services and Support to Students During the Summer. This guidance is issued by the Department of Education in cooperation with DHHS, Bureau of Public Health, Bureau of Infectious Disease Control and the Bureau of Special Medical Services.

Should you have any questions or need further clarification, please contact Rebecca Fredette at Rebecca.fredette@doe.nh.gov.

 

Family and Children’s Books related to COVID-19

In the last month many free downloadable books for children and families on aspects of COVID-19 have been circulating on the web and social media. NH Family Voices has collected and compiled this listing for your easy access.

 Coronavirus a Book for Children -This informative and accessible guide for young readers defines the coronavirus, explains why everyday routines have been disrupted, and lays out how everyone can do their part to help. With child-appropriate answers and explanations, the book addresses several key questions. The age range is recommended for children 6-years-old and above.

My Hero is You, Storybook for Children on COVID-19 – Features a creature named Ario, who helps explain how children can protect against the virus and cope with the complicated emotions around the world dealing with a pandemic, according to a release from the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC), which is part of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. This book is available in 29 languages  Click here to access.

Right now I am fine – This book is for anyone affected by worries, fears, discomfort, or nagging thoughts about the Coronavirus (Covid-19). This is a scary time in the world, full of uncertainty and changes. But the good news is, there are things that we can do to take good care of ourselves. This book explains what you can do to keep your mind and body calm now and during any hard time.

Join Captain Corona as he takes a group of children on an adventure through the community introducing them to a team of 19 brave warriors whose selfless efforts keep us alive. Captain Corona celebrates health care workers, custodians, journalists, store clerks, teachers, scientists, and more.

HELLO This short book was created to support and reassure children, under the age of 7, regarding the COVID-19. It will invite children to express how they are feeling and validate their emotions, comfort them by explaining that caregivers will keep them safe and introduce some precaution measures that will allow them to feel empowered. This book is available in 25 different languages Click here to access.

NABU created the COVID-19 Health collection with the support of experts in the field of health, neuroscience and child development, and a team of authors who pitched in to create information-rich, compelling stories. Translations are available click here to access.

The Virus-Stopping Champion is one of four stories from the collection aiming to help address the confusion and misinformation of COVID-19. Featuring a child superhero who learns how to prevent the spread of the virus, the story touches on the courageous steps every child and their family can take to fight COVID 19. From handwashing, social distancing and the importance of staying home The Virus-Stopping Champion can be enjoyed by children of all ages.

I Love You helps children cope with the emotional impact of not being able to visit their elderly relatives.Touching on the the global nature of the COVID-19 it helps kids understand that this situation is affecting children all over the world no matter their age, skin colour or the language that they speak. As children and families around the world struggle to stop the spread of COVID-19, NABU hopes the power of these diverse storybooks will share vital information that could save lives.

Coronavirus What is it? A story for children to give them information about Coronavirus. It explains what it is, how it is spread, how to protect ourselves and what quarantine is.

Click here for French             Click here for Russian
Click here for Spanish           Click here for Greek
Click here for Arabic

Even Astronauts Practice Social Distancing – This is a story meant to answer children’s questions about the Coronavirus. It teaches children about how to practice social distancing, wear masks, and answers questions about how long we will need to stay at home.

 

Wearing A Mask – A social narrative for children. This story is for children who may need to wear a mask in public due to COVID-19. It is important to prepare children for big changes in these unprecedented day. In Spanish

 

 

Getting a Haircut with a Mask– This story can be read to little ones to prepare them for a haircut during this time of COVID-19.

 

 

Putting A Mask on My Toys -This story is for young children. It can help familiarize them with masks during this time of COVID-19 with a little story about putting a mask on stuffed animals, dolls and toys and playing peek-a-boo with them. It also talks about playing peek-a-boo with family members with a mask. In addition, there is a teddy bear, bunny, doll and car that can be cut out along with a mask to cut out and put on those “toys”. There are 5 coloring pages with pictures/scenes with masks being worn.

 

Coloring Books

 

“Learn About the Coronavirus,” a coloring book created by St. Jude to help the hospital’s patients and children in general understand the virus and its associated health problems.

 

King Covid and the Kids Who Cared (Abridged –  24 pages) Recommended for ages 4-6

King Covid and the Kids Who Care (Unabridged – 36 pages) Recommended for ages 7-9

 

 

Right Now I am Fine

 

 

Wearing A Mask

 

 

Others books that relate

 

I Can Be Safe and Healthy by Washing My Hands!

¡Puedo estar seguro y saludable lavándome las manos!

 

The Little Book of Germs – Activity book to find where germs are hiding

 

 

Why Can’t I Go to School

¿Porque no puedo ir a la escuela?

YES.. We Are OPEN

Because our staff are all parents of children/young adults with special healthcare needs we are working from home and supporting families and professionals through e-mail and social media  and telephone support. We are checking our messages multiple times during the day. Book and materials request will be delayed until ‘stay at home’ has been lifted. Thank-you for your patience as we join you and others in keeping all safe.

Kids Video Guide to Coronavirus

Visual supports like picture-based booklets help children and those with disabilities manage new or unfamiliar experiences. The Children’s National Hospital’s Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, Pediatric Health Network and Beyond the Spectrum program have put together this story to help children understand some of the changes we have made in our daily lives due to COVID-19. 

Kids Video Guide to Coronavirus

 

Kids Guide to Coronavirus

Websites for MCO Specific COVID-19 Information

AmeriHealth Caritas New Hampshire

New Hampshire Healthy Families

Well Sense Health Plan

New…Developmental Screening Podcast

NH Family Voices staff sits down with Dr.Nina Sand-Loud, Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician at Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and has a conversation about developmental screening, tools and questionnaires used, the role of parents, and the benefits it provides to growing children.

(Podcast Transcript –Developmental Screening)

 

New Autism Guidance for Pediatricians

New year, New Guidance for pediatricians… while this clinical report was released in 2019 in Pediatrics, it is NEW and serves as the first AAP update in a decade for pediatricians as to screening, diagnosis and treatment guidelines for Autism. While this report is intended to guide pediatricians, it is equally as important to guide families in what to expect, what to seek and how to better partner with providers for our kiddos!

Identification, Evaluation, and Management of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Do you know about Watch Me Grow NH?

Watch Me Grow (WMG) helps families to track their child’s growth and development. It is NH’s developmental screening, referral and information system for families of children ages birth to six years.To learn more go to Watch Me Grow NH.

 

Check out their newsletter  WMG NH

Learn about NHFV Lending Library

Take a road trip and see how some Granite State families and professionals are using the library, and what they think of this special resource. Listen to the podcast here.

Maneuvering Through the Maze in Spanish

NH Family Voices would like to announce a newly updated Maneuvering Through the Maze, A Family Resource Guide for families having children with Special Health Care Needs/Disabilities. Now also available in Spanish:. Maniobras a través del laberinto Guía de recursos de NH Family Servicios para familias de niños con necesidades especiales de atención médica o discapacidades 2019.

This guidebook is formatted to take the reader from birth to adolescents transitioning into adulthood with listings of state health and human services agencies, educational resources, private associations and organizations that serve people with physical, developmental, mental health and chronic health conditions and their families. We have also added organizations and services that can be accessed by all state residents, such as housing, childcare, etc. All links within the document are hot linked for easy access.

If you would like a hard copy of the resource guide please call (603) 271-4525 or Email to nhfamilyvoices@nhfv.org or use the ‘Contact Us’ form on the website. The resource guide is free to families but to offset printing and postage we hope you will consider a donation of $15 to assist us with ongoing printing.