Explaining COVID-19 and Coronavirus to children

Explaining COVID-19 and Coronavirus to children

The information provided in this tipsheet is for reference only. It is not intended as a recommendation or endorsement of organizations, news sources, policies or political parties, or as a comprehensive resource list.

Based on when you are viewing this tipsheet, the information may not be the most up to date. Please refer to the date this tipsheet was last updated, at the end of the document.

Resources that can help you start a conversation

These resources can help families start a conversation with their children about Coronavirus and/or COVID-19.

Plain language - super simple

Talking to your child

Comics and graphic art

Social stories

Social stories can help children understand specific situations. They are made up of simple descriptions and pictures of a situation that might be happening in everyday life. You can use these to help explain Coronavirus or COVID-19 to your family and what to do in these situations.

Online activities for children

These are online interactive resources for children who want to learn more about Coronavirus and COVID-19 on their own.

  • This Coronavirus webpage helps children understand and express their feelings and thoughts through videos, quizzes, and activities. (BrainPOP)
  • The Coronavirus Quiz uses true or false questions to help you avoid any misinformation that might be online. (Digital Public Square, a nonprofit associated with University of Toronto)

 

There are also activities to do in the meantime that are not about COVID-19 or Coronavirus. You can find this in other Holland Bloorview tipsheets.

This tipsheet belongs to a set of specialized resources for the COVID-19 and Coronavirus outbreak period. If you are looking for other family resources that have to do with childhood disability, please visitwww.hollandbloorview.ca/resourcecentre.

Created by the Family Support Specialists at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital on March 20 2020.

This tipsheet belongs to a set of specialized resources for the COVID-19 and Coronavirus outbreak period. If you are looking for other family resources that have to do with childhood disability, please visit www.hollandbloorview.ca/resourcecentre