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COVID-19 Resources for Families

Our professional team has created the Milestones COVID-19 Hub for tips, updates and information to help you navigate the changes and challenges COVID-19 has introduced to our lives.  

Need help now? Contact the Milestones free autism Helpdesk to speak to one of our professional staff.

Frequently Asked Questions for Parents

Does my child still receive IEP services during a school shutdown?
If your school is providing instruction over the course of the shutdown, you should contact your intervention specialist or other IEP team members immediately to ensure that appropriate educational opportunities are in place for your child.
If your child does not receive services after an extended period of time, which is 10 consecutive days or more, a school must make an individualized determination whether and to what extent compensatory services may be needed to make up for any skills that may have been lost.

Where can I take my child during the workday for care?
Milestones is currently compiling a list of individuals who are available to provide childcare. Please contact help@milestones.org or call 216.464.7600 ext. 200 for support.

What about auxiliary services typically provided like speech, ABA or OT?
If you currently work with private providers, you should ask what services could be increased during this time. If you are not currently working with anyone and are interested in getting additional therapeutic services, please contact help@milestones.org or call 216.464.7600 ext. 200.

I'm worried about my loved one's meds being on time. 
If your family member has a prescription that needs to be refilled monthly, call the pharmacy and the doctor sooner then usual. Prior authorizations might also take longer. as staff might be overwhelmed with the increased volume.

How do I teach my child about handwashing?
Here are some helpful video resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
1) What You Need to Know About Handwashing
2) YouTube Live Handwashing Presentation
3) Clean Hands Help Prevent the Flu

How do I explain the school shutdown to my child?
Here is a social story to help your child understand COVID-19 and why it may be affecting their daily routine.


Anxiety and Mental Health Support

Coping with COVID-19: For Self-Advocates from Milestones Autism Resources
Tips to Help You Manage Anxiety During the COVID-19 Crisis from Milestones Autism Resources
Supporting Individuals with Autism Through Uncertain Times from the School of Education, University of North Carolina
Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with Coronavirus from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Coronavirus Tool Kit for Children with Autism During Lockdown from InovAND Excellence Center for Autism and Neurological Disorders
Ohio Launches Toll-Free ‘COVID Careline’ to Provide Emotional Support from the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services

Looking for a support group to meet other parents in the autism community? Visit our Resource Center here.

Educational Resources

Addressing the Risk of COVID-19 in Preschool, Elementary and Secondary Schools While Serving Children with Disabilities from the United States Department of Education
Emergency Home School Kit
 from The Autism Helper
7 Sensory Play Activities for Kids on the Spectrum from We Rock the Spectrum Kid's Gym
20 Learning Activities to Keep Kids Busy from Understood.org
Distance Learning: 8 Tips to Get Your Child Ready for Learning at Home from Understood.org
COVID-19 Information By and For People with Disabilities from Ohio Self-Determination Association
COVID-19 Information By and For People with Disabilities (Spanish) from Ohio Self-Determination Association
Thinking About Thinking from MooBoo Resources offers activities for visual learners
ABCya! - math, spelling, art games for PreK through middle school
Cool Math - math lessons and games for middle - and high school students
Great Lakes Science Center - science experiment demonstrations, daily at 10:30am
Hooda Math - math games, K through high school
Khan Academy - tutoring and resources in multiple subjects for K-12. Also offers college testing tutorials.
Khan Academy Kids - instructional app for kids ages 2-7
National Geographic for Kids - science and nature, animals
Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems - daily doodling tutorials with the author of the "Pigeon" and "Gerald and Piggy" book series
Math Playground - math games, 1st-6th grade
Mobymax - helps with learning gaps in variety of subjects, various ages
PBS Kids - games, videos, daily activities with preschool characters
Read Write Think - reading and language arts, K-12
Scholastic - books, book clubs, reading skills
Scholastic Learn at Home Program - educational activities, videos, and articles that change daily
Scratch - create your own stories, games and animations
Seussville - activities with a Dr. Seuss character theme
Starfall - learning for PreK-3rd grade
Space Rangers Book Toolkit from startwithabook.org - space-themed book-based adventure for kids ages 6-10
Storybird - lessons on how to write stories
ZiggityZoom - activities for families to do together

Financial Supports

Stimulus Check Calculator - Provides an estimate on how much you may receive, Created by the Washington Post
Will you get a stimulus check if you receive Social Security or disability, or if you didn't file a tax return?
General financial questions answered regarding various payment delays and filing for unemployment from NPR
Resources for Financial Assistance During COVID-19 from The Mighty
Covid-19 Emergency Fund from Autism Care Today

Managing Behaviors and Daily Planning

Managing Behaviors at Home During the Virus Pandemic from Milestones Autism Resources
If I Feel Sick social story from Milestones Autism Resources
Daily Schedule Template for Self-Advocates from Milestones Autism Resources
Handwashing Social Story from The National Autism Association
Wearing A Mask social story from ASPIES Greater Akron, Inc.
In-home Suggestions for Parents During Quarantine from Autism New Jersey
What to Do When Your Child on the Autism Spectrum's Routine Is Disrupted by the Coronavirus from The Mighty
Have a Meaningful Day during Ohio's Stay-at-Home Order from the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities
Guide for establishing routines at home from the Marcus Autism Center
How Coronavirus is Affecting the Mental Health of Millions of Americans from PsyCom
Tips for Teens with Autism from Bryan Westfall, Aurora High School Senior and Self-Advocate
Self-Directed Safety Planning Guidebook from The Adult Advocacy Centers
Assisted Safety Planning Guidebook from The Adult Advocacy Centers
Computer and Internet Safety from Star Autism Support
Articles about Autism and Covid-19 from Autism Parenting Magazine

Need help learning how to incorporate visual supports into your child's routine? Read our Visual Supports Tool Kit. It offers guidance on using schedules and visual aids, with links to samples and templates you can download.

What to Know About COVID-19

COVID-19 Information and Resources from Autism Speaks
What Should the Autism Community Know About the Coronavirus Outbreak? from Autism Speaks
How to Handle Clinical Care During Social Distancing from Autism Speaks
COVID-19 Resources from University Hospitals' Rainbow Center for Women & Children
What's COVID-19? social story from the National Autism Association
Coronavirus social story for children from The Autism Educator
Why Social Distancing Mitigates the Spread of Covid-19 from The Mighty
How to Explain a Global Heath Crisis to Children with Autism from Psychology Today
Hello, I Am A Virus (a Social Story for Young Children) from the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities
Hello, I Am A Virus (a Social Story for Young Children) Spanish version from the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities
Coronovirus - A Book for Children
How Do I Get Tested For COVID-19? social story for children from Cincinnati Children's Hospital
I Can Wear A Mask! social story for children from Cincinnati Children's Hospital
Multiple videos and social stories about COVID-19  compiled by various resources
Lectura: Aprendizaje a distancia por Autism Little Learners from Autism Little Learners

Statewide Agency Services and Resources

Family Connection Resources regarding the ongoing COVID-19 emergency from the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities
Communications and helpful resources for people with disabilities & their families from the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities
COVID-19 Resources from the Ohio Department of Health
A Handwashing Guide for Families from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Mitigation Strategies for Communities with Local COVID-19 Transmission from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Questions and Answers on Providing Services to Children with Disabilities during the Coronavirus Outbreak from the U.S. Department of Education
Resilience Materials for COVID-19 from the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities

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