Resources for periods of family isolation

Periods of enforced isolation with children can be tough, especially if your children need particular support or you’re doing this alone. Here are some resources and information, all from trusted sources and recommended and approved by parents in Leeds.

Try to listen to your child/children and try to answer questions they have, led by them and how much they want to know. You know your child best – decide what approaches will work for them and you. Having a rough schedule can help and this doesn’t need to be too rigid. If this doesn’t work try not to be too hard on yourself.

It’s important that you take care of your own wellbeing and mental health during these difficult times, too.


Resources for parents and carers

Five ways to support children's mental health

From Dr Hazel Harrison, Clinical Psychologist, for BBC Bitesize

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Government guidance on wellbeing

Guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak. Includes translation into multiple languages.

Government guidance

Family Toolbox

Downloadable booklet full of creative therapeutic ideas for families in isolation.

Family toolbox

Children's Guide to coronavirus

Something to look at together with your child to understand the coronavirus outbreak – includes ‘worry buster’ and some suggested activities.

Children's guide

What is the coronavirus?

Colourful story booklet with explanations for children, by The Autism Editor.

Children's storybook

Daisy Chain

Resources for families of those affected by neurodevelopmental disorders –  those who display traits associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), sensory processing differences, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

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Do you have children with ADHD?

Advice and support for parents supporting children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder when schools are closed, from Leeds Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service.