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.
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:
Please see the NHS website for more information
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 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!
Changes to School and Education during COVID-19
The school and education systems are continuing to experience rapid and dramatic changes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This can be a highly stressful and worrying thing for many children, and even more so for those with an Acquired Brain Injury.
Please visit this page for more detailed information and a comprehensive list of great resources on how to best support children and young people as they return to school and education during COVID-19.