California Department of Education (CDE) Resources
- California Dyslexia Guidelines
- CA Dyslexia Guidelines: Digital Resources
- Stronger Together: A Guidebook for the Safe Reopening of California's Public Schools – June 8, 2020
- COVID-19 Industry Guidance: Schools and School-Based Programs – June 5, 2020
- Special Education Guidance for COVID-19: COVID-19 School Closures and Services to Students with Disabilities – April 9, 2020
- CDE Webpage with General COVID-19 Resources
U.S. Department of Education (ED) Resources
- Questions and Answers on Providing Services to Children with Disabilities During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Outbreak – March 2020
- Fact Sheet: Addressing the Risk of COVID-19 in Schools While Protecting the Civil Rights of Students – March 16, 2020
- Supplemental Fact Sheet: Addressing the Risk of COVID-19 in Preschool, Elementary and Secondary Schools While Serving Children with Disabilities – March 21, 2020
- ED Webpage with General COVID-19 Resources
- Special Education & Rehabilitative Services
California Parent and Youth Helpline
The California Department of Social Services is supporting Parents Anonymous in the launch of the new California Parent and Youth Helpline, which provides support and resource referrals to parent and youth during the current COVID-19 pandemic. We are requesting your assistance in promoting the helpline by sharing the below information with your contacts and placing the logo on relevant websites:
The California Parent and Youth Helpline provides support and resource referrals to parent and youth during the current COVID-19 pandemic, 7-days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Call or text 1-855-4APARENT (855-427-2736) for services in English, Spanish and other languages. For more information, please visit:
- Direct link to the materials/resources
- Using Conscious Discipline Resources/Strategies During School Closures Resources
- Family Resource Center- Brawley Union High School District
- Family Resource Center-Calexico
- Family Resource Center- Central Union High School District
- Parent and Community Engagement Center-PACE El Centro Elementary School District
- San Diego Regional Center- SDRC Imperial County
- Imperial County Behavior Health Services- ICBHS
- Department of Rehabilitation-DOR Student Services
- Imperial Valley College-IVC Disabled Students Programs & Services
COVID-19 Information By and For People with Disabilities
- CDE Distance Learning for Parents Newsletter - Issue 2
- CDE Programa de Educación a Distancia Boletín Para Padres - Edición 2
- Plain Language Booklet on Coronavirus
- Spanish Plain Language Booklet on Coronavirus
*Many thanks to the California DD Council for translating our booklet into Spanish.
- Supporting Individuals with Autism through Uncertain Times - COVID-19
- Resources for Parents of Children with ASD
- Top 10 ways to stay active at home Click Here
- Fun ideas to be active as a family Click Here
- Caring for Kids (physical activity resource) Website Click Here
- Indoor/Outdoor Activities That Stimulate the Brain and Get Kids Ready to Learn
- Secondary Physical Activity Calendar English/Spanish
- Cooperatives Partner Ball Challenges English/Spanish
Wide Open School features a free collection of the best learning experiences and activities for kids, organized by grade band and subject. You will also find daily schedules with creative breaks and recommendations to keep kids engaged and exploring, one day (or one hour) at a time.
Brief Zoom Tutorial for Parents
Navegando Zoom Tutorial Basico
Google Classroom para Padres
Occupational Therapy, Fine Motor and Sensory
- Squiggle Park
- OT Mom Learning Activities
- Learning Without Tears - Distance Learning
- Fun & Function’s 10-minute strategies for a sensory break
- Social story
- Cornerstone Autism Center - OT and Sensory Ideas for Home
Free video remote interpreter access during COVID-19 testing
Linguabee is providing remote video interpreter (VRI) access at no cost (to anyone) for community members seeking COVID-19 testing at a testing site. If someone needs an interpreter at a test site, they can reach out to us and we will provide them with connection instructions in advance of their arrival.
CDC Parenting Videos
Online Speech and Language Resources
- Saltillo AAC Language Lab – for Free content such as: lesson plans, activities & resources.
- Free Printable Social Story, from Conscious Discipline: Why I Can’t I go to School?
- StoryPlace.org: StoryPlace.org is a website that has a number of online stories and interactive activities for preschoolers and elementary-aged students. Each theme includes an online story, online activity, printable “take home” activities and suggestions for parents. A book list that corresponds with each theme is also offered.
- PBSkids.org: Between the Lions: This website corresponds to PBSkids television show of the same name. It offers many language and literacy activities for preschool and elementary-aged children. It includes stories to view and listen to, many vocabulary activities, video clips from the show and information for parents and teachers.
- FunBrain.com; This website offers a number of free online games for kids. Games touch upon a variety of topics, including vocabulary, grammar, reading, math and some that are just for fun! Check out Plural Girls, Grammar Gorillas or click on the reading tab for some great language activities.
- Scholastic.com: Scholastic.com’s Family Playground is a great website for preschool and school-age children and their parents. This website includes a variety of games and activities for children related to popular characters and children’s books such as Clifford, Magic School Bus, Walter Wick, and I Spy.
- Articulation Games (by Tracy Gefroh Boyd): This is a great site where children plan a variety of games to practice r’s, s’s, l’s, sh’s and ch’s.
- The Tongue Twister Database: A fun collection of tongue twisters to practice speech sounds and giggle at the same time!
- Core First pageset for Compass - Tobii Dynavox: The Core First pageset allows the user to start where their skills are and then encourages a systematic progression of skills.
- AAC Language Lab: The AAC Language Lab offers real-life solutions in support of language development. Explore language stages and interactive materials designed for Speech Language Pathologists (SLPs), Educators and Parents.
- Boom Cards: The Boom Cards are self-grading exercises that are gamified for students and provide the data teachers want.
Movement breaks for kids at home
Movement break for Kids
6 Easy and simple exercises for kids
(Scroll down to videos)
Movement breaks/Brain Breaks
3 Tips for Keeping Your Children & Family Active at Home
Reading Story Books to Kids
(Videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books)
Attention and Focusing
Mazes for all age Kids: (helps with attention and focusing)
CPIR stands for the Center for Parent Information and Resources. CPIR has three main objectives:
- to provide PTIs and CPRCs with products and materials to support their work with families;
- to increase Parent Centers’ knowledge and capacity in specific domains; and
- to increase the coordination of parent training efforts throughout the network.
- COVID-19 info and resources from MA Department of Elementary & Secondary Education www.doe.mass.edu/sfs/emergencyplan/covid19.html
- How to Explain COVID-19 to a child with Anxiety www.additudemag.com/explain-coronavirus-covid-19-anxiety-adhd-child
- Social story on COVID-19 theautismeducator.ie/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/The-Corona-Virus-Free-Printable-Updated-2-The-Autism-Educator-.pdf
- COVID 19 resource www.autismspeaks.org/science-news/what-should-autism-community-know-about-coronavirus-outbreak
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): What to Talk About with Your Child www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/caring-autism/202003/coronavirus-covid-19-what-talk-about-your-child
This is the “Center on the Social Emotional Foundations for Early Learning” website. There is a tab for teachers/caregivers where training modules can be found for Infant/Toddler and Preschool teachers along with Pre-K and Infant-Toddler Parent Modules for those agencies working with parents as well.
This is “The National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorder” website. Resources and modules are available in the following areas: The National Clearinghouse on Autism Evidence and Practice (NCAEP), Evidence-Based Practice briefs, and ASD Toddler Initiative Online Learning Modules.
This is the “CONNECT Modules/CONNECT: The Center to Mobilize Early Childhood Knowledge” website. Modules available in the following areas: Embedded Interventions, Transition, Communication for Collaboration, Family-Professional Partnerships, Assistive Technology, Dialogic Reading Practices, and Tiered Interventions.
“Seeds of Partnership” website. Under the Professional Learning tab, the following information/resources can be found: Family Engagement Part B and C; Preschool Least Restrictive Environment Part B; Suspension Expulsions in EC Settings Part B; High Quality Early Learning Environment; Preschool Planning tool and general resources.
The “Autism Focused Intervention and Resources Modules” website has an assortment of evidence-based practices modules. Over 25+ modules to choose from.
Desired Results Access Project website. Information, videos, toolbox, guidance, etc., can be found under the ‘teachers/service providers’ tab. Modules can also be accessed by clicking on the ‘Learning Center’ tab.
California Early Childhood Online website includes modules on the DRDP, Preschool Learning Foundations, Healthy & Active Preschoolers, Guidelines for Early Learning in Child Care Home Settings and many more.
Zero to Three website includes a collection of the highest trending resources for parents.
Center on the Social Emotional Foundations of Early Learning has Parent Training Modules under their resources for families
Every day I Learn Through Play! Activities to do with your infant or toddler (Handout)
Pathways website includes activities, milestones and games for children based on their age