Coronavirus has created a new, confusing reality for all of us, and
understanding this is difficult for many people with intellectual and
developmental disabilities. The Explaining COVID-19
of Bethesda’s In-Home Activity Center provides tools
to help explain the COVID-19 pandemic. Contents include:
Plain language guide to staying well
Mountain Self Advocates created a guide using simple language
and pictures to reinforce important concepts that help people with
developmental disabilities be well during the pandemic. The contents instill
important skills that can carry over once we are past the crisis. Fashioned in
a Q&A format, it covers questions such as:
- What is COVID-19?
- How do you get it?
- What happens if you have it?
- How can I stay healthy and not get it?
- If I am sick, what should I do?
Social Stories share expectations
stories are brief scenarios that give people with disabilities an idea of
what to expect and what is expected of them in various social situations.
They are a particularly useful tool to help prepare people with autism and
other developmental delays for necessary tasks.
find a number of social story resources on the site. To help you talk about the
pandemic, there is a social story addressing
and a social narrative by Breezy Special Ed
- What is Covid-19
- How to stop germs
- Understanding closures
A wealth of information
Whether you are looking for tools to help you have important conversations with your loved one about COVID-19 or tips to help you interact with support staff during this difficult time, the Bethesda In-Home Activity Center offers a wealth of information as a one stop shop for tools, resources and activities to assist you.