Welcome to the CVCDA’s at home resources page for diverse abilities.
We know there is already so much information available online giving you endless ideas and activities to keep us and our kids engaged and occupied during this time of social distance. We here at the CVCDA, thought it might be a good idea to offer our own version of resources and activities specific to the needs of our families and all families at home with diversabilities. If your family has some particular needs you might like ideas for, drop us an email and our team will do our best to compile some suitable resources: firstname.lastname@example.org
We will continually add to the resources here so please check back anytime you need more guidance or ideas. Enjoy!
To assist you in staying informed during this time, visit our CVCDA COVID-19 Update page for a number of government and local resources including links to available financial programs and assistance.
FOR PARENT GUIDANCE
Autism Focused Intervention Resources & Modules (AFIRM) – designed to help you learn the step-by-step process of planning for, using, and monitoring an EBP with learners with ASD from birth to 22 years of age. Supplemental materials and handouts are available for download along with a COVID-19 Toolkit.
Help Is In Your Hands – This website has four excellent modules designed for ALL parents of young children with social-communication delays. It is easy to set up an account. Just click on ‘Create Account’ on the front page to get started.
SLP At Home: Ms. Aryn’s Super Speech Sounds – A resource for parents to learn about your child’s speech sound production. Multiple YouTube episodes featuring different sounds.
Stay at Home Guide for Kids with FASD – NOFAS (also suitable for children with ASD) – Young people with FASD can help plan for days when they need to be at home. This guide offers some suggestions – but it’s only a start to help get everyone thinking of some fun and calming home activities.
Supporting Individuals with Autism through Uncertain Times – This PDF guide from the UNC FPG Child Development Institute includes resources for understanding COVID-19, communication/expression tools, coping/calming skills, managing routines & more.
Heart-Mind Online – designed for parents, grandparents, caregivers, who are searching for evidenced-informed resources and activity ideas that educate the hearts of children. Heart-Mind Well-being is critical to the life-long health and happiness of children and youth. Explore the site to find information about what’s “normal and healthy” for children in their social and emotional development, along with practical strategies for caring adults to actively create the nurturing environments that bolster Heart-Mind Well-being.
Participaction’s Build Your Best Day Tool – their Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines tell us that as young children grow and develop, they need to move, sleep, and sit, the right amounts each day to be healthy. Learn more about the benefits and how to build their best day…. AND YOURS! The Early Years (0-4yrs) | Children & Youth (5-17yrs) | Adults (18-64yrs)
FOR INFANT DEVELOPMENT
Guide to Plagiocephaly – this is a family resource for preventing and treating your baby’s flat head.
Early Motor Development – a guide to how and why to encourage your baby’s motor development
Torticollis Brochure – a guide to Congenital Muscular Torticollis but also providing practical excercises and positiong to assist with strengthening and development for all babies.
Typical Legs and Feet Development – a handout on topics such as differences in alignment, flat feet and recomendations on when to intervene.
Toe Walking – a guide to toe walking and typical development when babies start to stand, walk, or run any time between 9 months and 3 years of age.
FOR GETTING ACTIVE, STRENGTHENING AND SKILLS DEVELOPMENT
SLP At Home: Ms. Aryn’s Chit Chat– Have fun with Ms. Aryn on her YouTube channel thinking of plans to deal with her ‘big feelings’ and many other topics such as play plans, kindness, diversity and more! Featuring: Bunbun and Donut, the bunny duo! Handouts: Ep. 2 Recipe | Ep. 4 Big Feelings Toolbox
Cosmic Kids Yoga – Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation designed specially for kids aged 3+ with reports of providing significant improvements in self-regulation, focus and empathy. Also, helps get the wiggles out. You can can also watch via the Youtube channel.
BC Blind Sports – this site features movement skills (running efficiency and thowing) along with suggested games and equipment.
OT Plan – is an activity ideas search engine that helps you find pediatric occupational therapy activity ideas by skill, using common household materials. Activities help support sensory and motor development through games and engaging activities.
Activity of the Day (PDF) – a set of at home activities for families who have a child with vision loss but can be fun for all kids. These activities have been designed to with adaptations and use items and materials from around your home.
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ABORIGINAL RESOURCES AND CULTURAL LEARNING
First Voices – a suite of web-based tools and services designed to support Indigenous people engaged in language archiving, language teaching and culture revitalization.
Indigenous Games for Kids Resource – is a collection of traditional Indigenous games and activities to help introduce or reconnect children to recreational and sport activities that reflect the rich cultural heritage of our Indigenous peoples across Canada.
Anaana’s Tent – Anaana’s Tent is an educational preschool television series that promotes literacy and numeracy, and aims to prepare children for their first years of school. Visit the website for a variety of educational activities, stories, and songs or stream the series on CBC Gem.
Cree Literacy Network – a collection of resources including videos, songs and lessons promote Cree language and cultural literacy.
Good Medicine Initiative – a BC First Nations social media initiative (#GoodMedicineFNHA) to share inspiring stories and healthy challenges.
AT HOME “CLASSROOM” ACTIVITY IDEAS
Imagination Library’s Goodnight With Dolly – feature Dolly Parton reading a series of Imagination Library books all carefully chosen for their appropriate content at this moment in time. Dolly welcomes the viewers and introduces the title, author and illustrator. Snuggled in bed with her Imagination Library book. Included are activity sheets and suggestions for parents with the opportunity to register for a free monthly children’s book to be mailed to your home.
Caring for Each Other – from Sesame Street, to support you during the COVID-19 health crisis, as families everywhere are creating a “for now normal.” Children thrive with structure in their lives, and they learn best through play—even in everyday moments. Their site is filled with content you can use all day long to spark playful learning, offer children comfort, and focus a bit on yourself, too. After all, it’s important that we take care of ourselves, so that we can best care for our families. Find many deas to help your family find ways to breathe, laugh, and play together.
Sesame Street in Communities – discover games, videos and more on topics important to you and your child.
Storyline Online – an award-winning children’s literacy website. They stream videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Find acitvity guides with each story designed for parents to assist their children to strengthen comprehension and verbal and written skills for English-language learners. Free app also available.
Scholastic Learn At Home – day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking and growing. Teaching remotely for grades K-12 and provides up to three hours’ worth of content each day and can be completed on any device.
NASA Kids’ Club – provides a safe place for children to play as they learn about NASA and its missions. You will find games of various skill levels for children pre-K through grade 4. These games support national education standards (USA) in STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
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APPS WITH BENEFITS
The active app for everyone that makes it easy to get you, to your better. Win prizes, track your activity and receive customized content to help you along the way. Everything in the app is research-based and rooted in behavior change science. The verdict? Everything gets better when you get active.
Jump Jump Froggy
Jump Jump Froggy is a excer-game that challenges kids to do physical activity while learning at home. Your physical motion in the real world controls the action. Fun for big ‘kids’ too.
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Tools Our CVCDA Professionals Use
A look at just some of the tools our own child development professionals use in their daily practice. Some of which could be carried over to your activities at home. PDF HERE
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The Brain Architects
Sharing helpful resources and ideas in support of all those who are caring for children while dealing with the impacts of COVID-19
Parental As Anything Podcast
Episode – how to talk to kids about coronavirus and guide your family through it
Life On The Spectrum
The Autism Family Podcast for families living with Autism by Katie Bennison, who is a broadcaster, education assistant and mother of a teen with autism.
IDEAS FROM SOCIAL MEDIA
During #COVID19 I'm helping my son, who has #autism, work on his cooking skills. He still needs guidance but he's significantly improved! I can't wait to try his crock pot stew tonight.🙂 @AutismONT @CACL_ACIC @CLOntario @marchofdimescda #AutismAwareness @PeelAutism @AutismCanada pic.twitter.com/VWhm2ksqT4
— SavvyMom (@RickyWhite69) March 28, 2020
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Are your kids’ schools closed like ours the next few weeks? 🤪 I compiled 50+ plus easy FUN and low set-up activities for kids. . Here’s a snippet, you can see the full list link in bio or here is the URL: https://www.hellowonderful.co/post/easy-indoor-activities-for-kids/ 💛 . If you are feeling anxious, nervous, scared and overwhelmed I am too and that is ok to feel ALL the emotions right now. One day at a time is all we can do. I’m determined to use my platform and resources to bring YOU all some relief the next few weeks 💛 . You’ll start seeing my content change as I post what I feel is more relevant to today and less structured seasonal content. . Please also let me know what YOU need. Drop a comment, email or DM 💛 . I’m compiling a ton of great resources from bloggers and businesses for kids to do at home so will be sharing those soon too 💛 . And if you are a parent, blogger, creator or educator, drop a link below or let us know your fave account so we can all benefit! 💛 . Stay safe and healthy ❤️ . . . . . . . #kidsactivities #kidsactivity #schoolclosings #stuckathome #stayhome #stayhomemom #kidsathome #homeschooling #homeschool #homeschoollife #kidscrafts #kidscraft #kidcraft #craftsforkids #preschool #preschoolactivities #busytoddler #keepkidssafe #keepkidsbusy #playandlearn #learnandplay
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How is everyone? Staying healthy I hope ❤️ . As our city has imposed many outdoor restrictions (love to hear the situation in yours) I put together these fun animal exercises for kids 🦀 🐸 🐵 to get them moving. Kids NEED to burn off energy and staying cooped up all day isn’t ideal. These can be done in reps and a fun game is to ask your child to make up their own animal moves 😅 . We did these in our backyard but they can be done indoors too! 🌳 . Link to post explaining each exercise or here is the URL: https://www.hellowonderful.co/post/animal-exercises-for-kids/ . PS. Thank you for the kind and supportive comments on my last post. Hundreds of you commented and made me feel 1000x’s better. Although I haven’t had a chance to write back I read every single comment. Let’s continue to help support each other during these hard days ❤️❤️❤️ . . . . . . #kidsexercise #kidsworkout #grossmotor #grossmotorskills #grossmotorplay #exerciseroutine #getmoving #getoutandmove #moveyourbody #moveyourbodyeveryday #kidsactivities #kidsactivity #indooractivities #indooractivity #indooractivitiesforkids #preschoolactivities #homeschool #homeschooling #homeschoolmoms #hellowonderfuldiy