Social Stories to Help Explain the Pandemic Crisis

When stress is heightened because of the COVID-19, children become aware of it and they try to locate the source of the stress. It is important to both acknowledge their concerns and be open to discussing with them. 

Helping children to make sense of the consequences of COVID-19 and helping them to organize their thoughts and feelings is the best approach. 

As a first step, ask your child what they know about COVID-19 or what they have heard about it. If they don't seem too concerned, you do not need to have an in-depth conversation about it. You can simply reinforce the importance of handwashing and letting you know if they are feeling unwell. 

Here are some resources to help you to talk with your children about COVID-19:

Explaining What is a Coronavirus

Social Story by Amanda McGuinness

Carol Gray's Social Story

How to Talk about the Pandemic Crisis with your Children