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Tools & Resources for Families with Children on the Autism Spectrum

List of resources, ideas, and helpful guides during this COVID-19 situation:

Our goal is to empower our families and community members to have tools and ideas to support them during Public Health Canada's recommended social distancing period. 

For any questions, please connect with us at info@autismns.ca and we will do our best to support you during this challenging time.
 
This page will be updated frequently with more resources and updates to come. [Last Update: April 3, 2020]
 

Comprehensive Guide on Supporting Individuals with ASD during Uncertain Times

A 60+-page downloadable guide developed by UNC FPG CHILD DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE AUTISM TEAM

Kid-friendly COVID-19 Q&A with Dr. Strang

 

SOCIAL STORIES on COVID-19

Social Story on Pandemics & COVID-19 (by Carol Gray)
What is Coronavirus? A Comic Book Social Story (by MindHeartKids)
My CoronaVirus Social Story (by Easter Seals)

 

Fun Hand Washing Ideas 

Hand washing is very important in keeping our bodies safe from sickness! Here are some fun ways to encourage your children to wash their hands. So fun, they may not even realize they’re doing it! 

20 ideas to make hand washing fun: 

Songs to sing while washing your hands: 

Hands-on activities including water, soap and bubbles: 

Give your animals a bath! Put your dinkies through a car wash! Bathe your Mr. Potato Head or your baby doll! 

https://happyhooligans.ca/toy-wash-cold-flu-sanitize-toys/ 

Make dish soap silly putty: 

Make jelly soap: 

 

Handwashing Infographic

Resources to help keep kids busy during Covid-19 Pandemic 

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Television Channels free! 

Sites for Families to use while school is closed:  

 

Lindsay Hurley Fine Art - Kids Art Lessons 
https://www.facebook.com/artistlindsayhurley/ 
 

All grade curriculum for Kidzone - Music (FREE) 
https://www.nyphilkids.org 
 

Fun & Games with Music (FREE) 
http://www.sfskids.org 
 

Splash Learn - (FREE) K-5 Math 
https://www.splashlearn.com 
 

Old Farmer’s Almanac - Science (FREE) 

Scholastic - Reading (FREE 30 DAY ACCOUNT) 
https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/…/learnathome.html 
 

Adapted Mind - Math & Reading (FREE 30 DAY ACCOUNT) 
https://www.adaptedmind.com/Begin-Enrollment.html 
 

ABC Mouse - Reading - Math - Science - Art & Colors (Ages 2-8) (FREE 30 DAY ACCOUNT) 
https://www.abcmouse.com 
 

Raz Kids - Reading - (FREE TRIAL) 
https://www.raz-kids.com 
 

Adventure Academy - Math - Science (Ages 8-13) (FREE 30 DAY ACCOUNT) 
https://www.adventureacademy.com 
 

Prodigy - Math (FREE ACCOUNT) 
https://www.prodigygame.com/blog/ 
 

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https://kids.nationalgeographic.com 
 

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https://www.coolmath4kids.com 
 

PBS Kids (FREE) 
https://pbskids.org/games/ 
 

Coloring Printable Pages (FREE) 
https://www.fg-a.com 
 

Coloring Pages - Drawing Tutorials - Paper Crafts - Puzzles & Games (FREE) 
http://www.supercoloring.com/sections/paper-crafts 

 

VIRTUAL FIELD TRIPS

San Diego Zoo -https://kids.sandiegozoo.org 

Canadian Farm & Food Tours https://www.farmfood360.ca 

ANIMAL CAMERA'S (FREE) Monterey Bay Aquarium - https://www.montereybayaquarium.org/animals/live-cams 

Jellyfish & Beluga Webcam - https://www.georgiaaquarium.org/webcam/beluga-whale-webcam/ 

How to Remain Physically Active at Home 

 

Physical activity is an important part of the day for both adults and children. Along with the long term health benefits, being physically active can help us feel calmer, sleep better, and improve attention during other activities 

 

Lots of opportunity for a variety of physical activities also provides toddlers with the movement experiences and practice they need to develop future movement skills. Children aged 1 to 4 years old should have 180 minutes of physical activity per day, spread out throughout their day. This may be more challenging during the current COVID-19 pandemic, as family routines change and access to outdoor spaces are limited. However, toddlers need for physical activity are well suited to a lot of indoor and backyard ideas. 

 

Remember, physical activity is important for parents, too! Not only are you keeping yourself healthy, you are modelling these activities for your little oneswhich is an important way they learn to make these activities part of their life. 

 

The Active for Life website’s “Recipe for an Active Day” (https://activeforlife.com/recipe-for-an-active-day/shows an example of how families can include a variety of physical activities into the day. Fun activities that can be part of your recipe are below. 

 

Indoor Physical Activities for Children and Toddlers 


Giant Collection of Physical Activities Toddlers Love: https://handsonaswegrow.com/physical-activities-toddlers/ 

 
12 Physical Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers: https://playworld.com/blog/12-indoor-physical-activities-for-toddlers-and-preschoolers/ 
 

 12 Ways to Play with a Cardboard Box: https://activeforlife.com/cardboard-boxes/ 


 49 fun physical activities to do with kids aged 2 to 4: https://activeforlife.com/49-fun-physical-activities-to-do-with-kids-aged-2-to-4/ 
 

 

 

Some Ideas for Parents: 

 

Yoga 
Yoga with Adrienne:  https://www.youtube.com/user/yogawithadriene/videos?app=desktop 

Instagram Accounts offering free or discounted yoga: 

@rstudiosns 

@stefaniewintersyoga 

 

Online Exercise Classes for Adults 

 
A list of free or discounted online workout programs: https://makeyourbodywork.com/how-to-exercise-at-home/ 


Instagram Accounts offering free workouts: 

@rstudiosns 

@jabsbygina 

 

 

Other Links 

Canadian 24 Hour Movement Guidelines for the Early Years (0-4) 

 

 

Active for Life