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Children and young people

The following external resources have been recommended by RCSLT members and staff — SLTs may find them useful when navigating the changing working environment brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have a resource that you think would be useful, please email info@rcslt.org.

Please ensure to check the advice offered via these links is appropriate to your country and context. 

General 

edpsy.co.uk: Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for children, families and professionals

Emerging Minds: Supporting children and young people with worries and anxiety regarding COVID-19 

The Sensory Projects: COVID-19 Educational Resources

Moor House School and College: SHAPE CODING app available for a limited period

Sheffield's Children's NHS Trust: Coronavirus resources for children and families

University of Oxford and University of Reading: Supporting children and young people with worries about COVID-19

Monkey Wellbeing: free poster downloads 

Communication

PrAACtical Resources: Dealing with the Covid-19 Pandemic for people with Augmentative and alternative communication (ACC) 

Speaking space: Coronavirus and staying safe - Makaton version  

Centre of Research Excellence in Aphasia Recovery and Rehabilitation (Australia): Healthcare Communication Support Resources - including COVID-19 

Patient Provider Communication (US): Supporting communication for people with COVID-19

Widgit.com: Critical Care Covid-19 Communication Chart

Speaking Space: Makaton video how lockdown works and what it means.

Deafness

BSLHealthAccess: Free on demand access to British Sign Language (BSL) interpreters for communication with deaf people in health settings 

Ear, nose and throat

The British Laryngological Society: Guidance for ear, nose and throat (ENT) clinical staff  

Easy-read resources

Access Easy English: (Australia) COVID-19 Easy English resources

Keepsafe: Easy read coronavirus posters 

Beyond Words: free resources to support people through the Coronavirus pandemic

Coronavirus (COVID-19) easy to understand video guide

Simple social distancing timetable (from University of Sheffield student Hayley Smith)

Easy-read guide to how the Coronavirus Act affects care support

eLearning

Health Education England (HEE): A free coronavirus (COVID-19) elearning programme for the health and care workforce 

General resources  

CHAIN: Online resources suggested by members of NHS support network CHAIN

UK Coronavirus poster set: Free download

PPE 'hello my name is' sticker template: Free download 

Older people

The British Geriatrics Society: Resources on coronavirus and older people  

Resources for service users

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

The ADHD Foundation Neurodiversity Charity has produced a daily schedule to help keep a routine at home with children and young people when absent from school

Autism

The National Autistic Society has developed a coronavirus hub which includes resources and tips for autistic people and families, as well as information on benefits and employment, wellbeing, social care, education and supermarkets. 

Autistica has set up a coronavirus page which includes tips for coping with uncertainty and managing mental health, and advice on making the most of a remote health appointments.

Brain injury

Headway has shared tips for coping with self-isolation for brain injury survivors. They continue to offer a helpline for anyone who requires support or information about brain injury, and an online forum.

Cancer

Macmillan Cancer Support has produced a COVID-19 hub with a wealth of information for people living with cancer. 

The Wales Cancer Alliance has collated sources of help and information for people living with cancer in Wales.

Children in care and care leavers

Become has published a coronavirus advice page for care-experienced young people. The page includes frequently asked questions, tips on staying calm, and information about weekly online link-ups, including quizzes, games, debates and virtual ‘hangouts’.

Who Cares? Scotland is providing a helpline for care experienced young people who are worried about coronavirus, offering advice and information, and with practical support where possible.

Children and young people

The Children’s Commissioner for England has produced a guide which aims to answer children’s questions about coronavirus, tell children how to stay safe and protect other people and how to help them make the best of their time at home.

Dementia

Alzheimer’s Society has published coronavirus advice for people affected by dementia. They continue to offer the Dementia Connect support line and online community 

Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)

NOFAS-UK has produced a guide for people with FASD on what they can do about coronavirus, and a stay-at-home guide with fun things to do for children with FASD.

Learning disability

The Challenging Behaviour Foundation has a COVID-19 page which brings together information, resources and videos for the families of people with severe learning disabilities. Resources include information sheets on going into hospital, temperature taking and activity ideas.

Learning Disability Wales has a dedicated coronavirus page which includes easy read versions resources from Welsh Government and Public Health Wales. There is also information on keeping occupied, mental health and bereavement.

Council for Intellectual Disability (Australia): Staying safe from Coronavirus

Royal College of Nursing (RCN): COVID-19: Advice for you and your client

Motor Neurone Disease

The Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA) has produced a coronavirus hub which includes answers to common questions about coronavirus and how to get support when staying at home for people living with motor neurone disease. The hub also includes ‘Ask the expert’ videos. 

Parkinson’s

Parkinson’s UK has published a webpage - Understanding coronavirus and Parkinson’s – which gathers facts and guidance to help answer some of the most common questions about coronavirus and Parkinson’s.

Stammering

Stamma (The British Stammering Association) has launched an outreach service for people who stammer who may be feeling isolated at the moment. They also continue to offer a helpline and links to online groups to help people stay connected.

Stroke and aphasia

The Stroke Association has produced information on coronavirus for stroke survivors in conjunction with NHS England. The webpage includes a number of easy read resources on subjects including staying at home, shielding and wellbeing.

The Tavistock Trust for Aphasia’s Aphasia Software Finder can help people with aphasia find apps and software that may be useful to them.

Schools

Welsh Government: Distance learning in schools 

Students

Virtual placements group for pre-registration SLTs

Telehealth, remote working and remote service delivery

Resources for online working from the Facilitators for Pandemic Response group (continually updated) 

Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP): Remote service delivery information (now publicly accessible) 

Computers in Therapy Clinical Excellence Network (CIT CEN): Toolkit for SLTs using technology in therapy

Barnsley Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust:Videos demonstrating how to carry out a practical tasks with equipment provided by the trust