COVID-19

Covid-19 Information

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus.

During these unprecedented times of the Covid-19 pandemic, for anyone that is worried or anxious about their child and for children with a poor immune system, please keep up to date with the government’s daily guidelines on all news channels & websites. The government is recommending a period of isolation for all with a compromised immune system.  We suggest parents work with their schools if at all possible: to get packs or virtual lessons set up. You could also have a look on your local groups via social media for any home schooling groups that may have packs or fun ideas to keep children entertained and still learning for the foreseeable future.

How to avoid catching and spreading coronavirus (social distancing)

Everyone should do what they can to stop coronavirus spreading. Because it’s a new illness, we do not know exactly how coronavirus spreads from person to person. Similar viruses are spread in cough droplets. It’s very unlikely it can be spread through things like packages or food. It is particularly important for people who:

  • are 70 or over
  • have a long-term condition
  • are pregnant
  • have a weakened immune system

Do

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
  • avoid close contact with people who have symptoms of coronavirus
  • only travel on public transport if you need to
  • work from home, if you can
  • avoid social activities, such as going to pubs, restaurants, theatres and cinemas
  • avoid events with large groups of people
  • use phone, online services, or apps to contact your GP surgery or other NHS services

Don’t

  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
  • do not have visitors to your home, including friends and family

Please see the NHS website for more information

At Home Activities for Your Child & You

With schools and other childcare options now closed, it can be a difficult time for many children and parents. This can often only be made harder by an Acquired Brain Injury.

When it comes to keeping your childrens’ minds active and engaged, it can be important to ensure you keep a routine for your child – but if they struggle with this, it’s also important to let them know it’s ok not to be able to follow it all the time.

Anxiety levels can be understandably heightened for both you and your children at the moment, and there are lots of fun and effective things you can do in your home to keep engaged and having fun. These include things like DIY arts & crafts (for example using empty cartons and boxes you have lying around); making blanket forts; sensory activities (such as filling resealable bags with water & food dye, to create a range of interactive and dynamic toys); and picking different leaves from outside to make a collage on some paper/card.

It is also really important to still try and do some exercise, even though you may not be able to leave the house. Things as simple as star jumps and toe-touching can be great, but you can also ‘hide’ the exercise in a fun game like hide and seek, tag, or leapfrog.

These are by no means the only things you can do whilst at home, and below there are a number of useful links you can follow to find loads more ideas:

These links are not the only ones you can find, and are just some of the ones we have found whilst searching online. A google search will reveal loads more activities too!

Send us your pictures of how you and your children are keeping happy and engaged whilst at home – we’d love to see your ideas!