COVID-19 Special Needs Resources
Information For Families with A Child with an Intellectual and/or Developmental Disability During the Covid-19 Pandemic
From The STRYDD Center (Supporting Trauma Recovery for Youth with Developmental Disabilities) Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Northwell Health, the resources below are specific to the COVID-19 pandemic to help parents support their child with special needs.
These resource guides were developed in April, 2020. Some resources address all children’s needs; some were developed specifically for children with I/DD and/or Autism.
- Overview Guide
- Expert Advice and General Resources
- Tools for Helping Children Cope
- Access to Internet, Health, Education and Other Special Needs Services
- Tools for Maintaining Skills and Behavior
- Activities for Learning and Fun
COVID-19 Resources for Families
Zucker Hillside Hospital understands the stress that children and families are experiencing right now. The Coping with COVID presentation discusses some of the common feelings that may arise during this time and provides tips for managing anxiety and depression.
“It’s NOT home schooling! It’s crisis schooling,” says Vera Feuer, MD. Parenting During the COVID-19 Pandemic offers relatable, manageable tips to help families make adjustments to the new normal.
These presentations cover everything from helping children overcome worry to navigating the inevitable bad behavior. We hope that these strategies will be helpful!
Coping with COVID - In this presentation, Laura Pantaleo, PsyD and Michael Costa, MS from Zucker Hillside Hospital cover the stress, anxiety and depression that children and families may be experiencing right now and they offer strategies that can help with managing these feelings.
Parenting During the COVID-19 Pandemic - Vera Feuer, MD is the Director of Pediatric Emergency Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Urgent Care, Cohen’s Children Medical Center- Northwell Health. She gives an insightful presentation on parenting during the current situation.
COVID-19 ONLINE BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUPS TO BE PROVIDED BY LONG ISLAND’S LEADING MENTAL HEALTH ORGANIZATIONS
People are unable to grieve the loss of loved ones in ways they are used to. No wakes for Christians. No shivas for Jews. No three-day mourning periods for Muslims.
That’s why Long Island’s two leading, county-based mental health organizations are launching online bereavement support groups designed to provide comfort, support, and “grief tools” to those who have lost loved ones to the COVID-19 virus. The first group begins on Tuesday, May 19, 2020. For details, go to www.bereavement.mhaw.org.
Natural Disaster Resources
Coping Skills & Behavioral Health Resources (Natural Disasters)
Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, to assist those that are having difficulty coping after a disaster. Courtesy of SAMHSA (Substance Abuse And Mental Health Services Administration).
Hurricane Disaster Behavioral Health Resources
Natural Disasters and their Impact on Children and Families from The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN).
Resources for Children and Youth During or After a Disaster. Courtesy of SAMHSA (Substance Abuse And Mental Health Services Administration).
Sesame Street Hurricane Kit - Hurricanes, storms, and other natural disasters can be difficult for young children who may not fully understand what's going on around them. These tips, activities, and videos can help them feel safe, cope with emotions, and understand that there is hope for the future.
Tips for College Students: After a Disaster or Other Trauma. Courtesy of SAMHSA (Substance Abuse And Mental Health Services Administration).
Tips for College Students: After a Disaster or Other Trauma: R U A Survivor of a Disaster or Other Trauma? How R U Doing?. Courtesy of SAMHSA (Substance Abuse And Mental Health Services Administration).
Tips for Survivors of a Disaster or Traumatic Event: Managing Stress. Courtesy of SAMHSA (Substance Abuse And Mental Health Services Administration).
Tips for Survivors of a Disaster or Traumatic Event: What To Expect in Your Personal, Family, Work, and Financial Life. Courtesy of SAMHSA (Substance Abuse And Mental Health Services Administration).
Tips for Talking With and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster or Traumatic Event: A Guide for Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers. Courtesy of SAMHSA (Substance Abuse And Mental Health Services Administration).
Disaster Assistance Guidebooks (Includes Shelters, Food & Comfort Locations)
Hurricane Sandy: Quick Reference Guide V.11.5.12 - LIPA Residential Energy Affordability Partnership Program (REAP).
Disaster Assistance Resources Guide Long Island Region - Nassau County and/or Suffolk County, Updated: Nov. 19, 2012. This resource guide is intended to help people locate assistance for needs caused by Hurricane Sandy. 2-1-1 Long Island is responsible for updating and distribution of this guide.
Government Assistance (FEMA & Others)
Disaster Assistance Fact Sheet
DisasterAssistance.gov is an easy to use Web site. The site provides information from 17 Federal agencies on how you might be able to get help before, during and after a disaster.
FEMA Housing Portal. The FEMA Housing Portal is intended to help individuals and families, who have been displaced by a disaster, find a place to live.
How Do I Apply For Disaster Assistance?
Gillibrand Disaster Relief Funding Assistance Hurricane Sandy Guidebook - A Guide to Disaster Assistance and Relief Funding: How to Navigate the Disaster Assistance Process.
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (McKinney-Vento) and New York Education Law §3209. Many families have been forced to leave their homes and are temporarily residing with relatives, friends, or in motels or shelters. Under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (McKinney-Vento) and New York Education Law §3209, these families are considered homeless and their children would have a right to return to their school district of origin, including the school building where previously enrolled...