Our wonderful therapy team have put together some fantastic resources for children during the global COVID-19 pandemic. The news on the television and online can be incredibly worrying, difficult to understand and can make kids anxious. 

The books below are free to read online or download, and they present the symptoms, myths and precautions in an easy to understand, illustrated way. We’ll add to this list as we find more useful resources. 

Putting a mask on my toys.
A charming little e-book by Autism Little Learners about familiarising yourself with masks for young children.

Distance Learning Related Stories. 
Tara Tuchel, behind the excellent Autism Little Learners, has put together a wonderful selection of free resources including “how to video chat with people” and “going back to school”. Well worth a read. 

Dave the dog is worried about coronavirus.
This charming illustrated book is aimed at younger children.
With everything that is going on at the moment; big changes to children’s routines and lots of stories on the news it can be a really scary time for children.
This book aims to open up the conversation about coronavirus and some of the things they might be hearing about it and provide truthful information in a reassuring and child friendly manner.

Coronavirus – A book for children.

Illustrated by the incredibly talented Axel Scheffler – the man behind the Gruffalo, this amazing free book was developed by Professor Graham Medley of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine who acted as a consultant, and the company also had advice from two head teachers and a child psychologist.

Seeing other people wearing masks.

When children are out and about, seeing others wearing face masks can be startling and sometimes upsetting. Tara Tuchel, a speech/language pathologist who has specialised in autism for the past 20 years, has written this lovely little book about it.