Up-to-date News from the Children’s Treatment Centre of Chatham-Kent:
Resources for Families:
- Hand Washing Task Strip – Pdf
- School is Closed – Pdf
- If I get Sick – “These are unprecedented times, and we know that parents everywhere are doing their best to keep their children safe and healthy. If you find yourself needing to help your child understand why a trip to the doctor this time may be different, here are visual stories that may help prepare them. Stay healthy everyone – and we’ll all take this one day at a time.”
- My Coronavirus Story – “This social story provides information on COVID-19 and safe practices for everyone to follow.” Click here for our story.
Speech and Language:
- Boardmaker Covid Pics – jpeg
- Bubbles – Follow our Face book Page – jpeg
- Toddler and Preschooler Speech and Language Skills:“ Playtime with your toddler or preschool aged child is a great opportunity to help develop speech and language skills. Take a look at these handouts for lots of ideas for encouraging imitation, building vocabulary and songs to sing. All using your child’s favorite toys.” Click here for Parent Handouts Toys to Increase Speech Language Skills – Pdf
- Movement Songs – “Sometimes we get stuck singing familiar songs with the same verses. Change up the verses to your child’s favourite songs! This makes the child pay closer attention and develops cognitive skills! “ Click here for Guide
- Play Positioning – “ Different play position to help support your infant’s physical development.”
- Play Ideas – “For these play ideas for you and your baby, use a set of baby links or their favourite toy!”
- Tummy Time – “Tummy Time is essential for an infant’s motor development. Check out this resource for activities to help improve your infants neck and head control and to strengthen their back, shoulder muscles and more.”
- “Tips to help prevent infants from developing baby flat head” Click here for more information.
- Spring Calendar of Activities- Pdf
- Typing Club –“Typing Club is a free on-line typing program that will take your children on a highly engaging, step-by-step journey so that they can learn how to use all of their fingers to type confidently and quickly. The lessons provide ample opportunity to practice new motor patterns and successive lessons build on them, bit by bit.” Click Link Here: Typing Club
- Fine Motor Activities – “Lots of OT suggestions in one calendar.” Click here for calendar
- Movement Songs – “Movement causes the brain to produce endorphins, chemicals that increase both the child’s energy levels and her ability to learn. Movement also sends oxygen to the brain, which aids in the thought process.” Click here for Guide
Support for Parents and Caregivers:
- Anxiety – “Even parents and caregivers who don’t usually struggle with anxiety are experiencing more worry and anxiety now. Check out this link for some suggestions to help you and your family cope during these uncertain times.” Link: Anxiety Canada
- Ontario Caregivers – “If you are supporting others and feel overwhelmed and anxious, you’re not alone. This link provides information on peer supports for caregivers.” Ontario Caregivers Link Click Here
- Youth Mental Health Canada – “Fear and anxiety about covid-19 can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and youth. Changing our mindset can help us cope with the stress we may be feeling during this time.” Click here for additional information.
- America’s Test Kitchen for Kids – “Looking for some fun ways to get some extra help in the kitchen? Check out this link for teens and tweens to learn some cooking skills and prepare some delicious kid friendly recipes for the whole family to enjoy. And right now it is free!”
- Rain Day Activities – “Rainy day activities for kids of all ages. “ Click Here for Activities
- French Resources –“For families looking for French resources, Boukili offers a free collection of books online and through their app. Children can listen, follow, and record the book that they read before answering questions to check their understanding. Happy reading! Click Link
- Pour les familles qui cherchent les ressources en français, Boukilli offre une collection de livres sur l’internet ou leur app. Les apprenti lecteurs peuvent écouter, suivre, et enregistrer leur voix en lisant les histoires avant de répondre aux questions de compréhension. Joyeuse lecture!” Click Link
- “Site éducatif en français où les animateurs accompagnent les enfants dans un univers du jeu, de la chanson, des comptines et de la créativité.” Click Link
- Family Activities – “Wild Child Imagination Studio, one of the CTC-CKS’s great community partners has shared some fun activity ideas for our families. We appreciate your continued support and can’t wait until we’re back in the studio again!” Click here for additional information.
- “Learn at Home is the Ministry of Education’s new online portal that will provide resources for families so students can continue their education while schools are closed due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation.” Check out this link.
- Covid-19 Book for Parents:
Dear families and educator all over the world,
I have created this short book to support and reassure our children, under the age of 7, regarding the COVID-19. This book is an invitation for families to discuss the full range of emotions arising from the current situation. It is important to point out that this resource does not seek to be a source of scientific information, but rather a tool based on fantasy. My recommendation is to print this material so children can draw on it. Remember that emotions are processed through repetitive play and stories read multiple times. Share COVIBOOK and help ease kiddo’s anxiety all over the world. Check out this link.
With love, Manuela Molina – the author
- FASD – “Here is a guide for families, parents and caregivers raising individuals with FASD. This guide will help you manage by providing coping techniques, tips and tricks for staying at home, and some added online resources for parents and caregivers.” Click here for Guideline and Tips for FASD
- Child Friendly Story: “This is a link uses a colourful and child friendly story to share information on COVID-19” Click here to link to story.
- Let’s Talk Food – Emergency Food Provider List Click Here
- Germs, Germs, Germs: “While pictures can be helpful to guide us through daily life, a video can sometimes be even better! Here is a link to a video that helps explain WHY we need to wash our hands, even when they don’t LOOK dirty. These are difficult times, and we want to continue to support families through it as much as we can. Lets work together to stop the spread of COVID-19 and stay healthy! “ Follow this link: Germs, Germs, Germs.
- Hand Washing: Hand Washing Printables Want a fun way for your children to remember to wash their hands? Have them colour these hand washing signs and place them above your sinks. A great way to stop those germs!
- Mental Health: “ Parents and caregivers need to look after their mental health. This handout has some useful tips to help manage worry and anxiety.” Click here for additional information.
- The Kids Help Phone Line provides 24/7 mental health support to children, youth, and teens through a qualified mental health practitioner.Support is confidential. Note: There is currently a wait for online counsellors due to the high volume of incoming requests for support.Parents are encouraged to check out the website for ideas around supporting kids demonstrating possible anxiety, anger, and/or depression given the current situation re: COVID-19 protocol. Kids Help Phone is here for you this link for lots of great resources for everyone, families and staff, who you can talk to for support, and information on COVID-19. ! Check out
- Complex Health Care Needs – “If you have someone at home with complex medical needs and are worried about answering you door, this sign may be helpful.” Complex Health Care Needs – Click Link
- Mindful Monday – “This is an online mindfulness event for the next 4 Mondays from 2:00 to 3:00pm. The event is for people with developmental disabilities and their families. Please see the flyer attached and join in! “Mindful Monday Link Click Here.
- How to use hand sanitizer – A quick video on how to use hand sanitizer correctly. Click here to see video
- Toileting – “You may be finding yourself with more time at home with your child. Maybe you’ve been considering working on toileting! Here are some things to consider, including: are they ready? Are YOU ready? Consistency, patience, and sincere reinforcement are key. Good luck!”
- Offering Choices – “Children’s behaviour can often be improved when offered the right to choose. Offering choice can help avoid power struggles or tantrums/melt downs. Check out these tips.”
- Taking care of your hearing aids: – “If you or someone in your family, is using hearing aids, the links below have information to answer questions, and how to clean and take care of hearing aids. If you have more questions, please call your audiologist at the CTCCK.”
- Oticon – Hover over the support button on the top task bar to find a list of how to guides, FAQs, support for families, and how to use a hearing aid in different environments. Click here for Link
- These are Oticon created youtube “How to videos”. Click here to access Youtube videos
- More “How to videos”. Click here to access additional Youtube videos.
- Phonak – You can select a hearing aid and see a list of FAQs for that hearing aid model. Click here for Link.
- How to videos for Phonak’s older hearing aid models (also can be used for Unitron’s older hearing aid models). Click here for Link.
- How to change wax guard for old models and new models (will work for Phonak and Unitron aids). Click here to for Link.
- Unitron – Unitron FAQ and troubleshooting page. Unitron and Phonak hearing aids use the exact same cleaning supplies and users are encouraged to refer to the Phonak links above. Click here to follow Link.
- HearOn – “These HearOn docuemtns have information and suggestions to help parents of infants and children with hearing loss”