Resources- Mental Health and Social Emotional Learning

Published on: 1/16/2021
Mental Health and SEL Resources

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UPDATED 7/19/2021

This page has many resources to assist parents and students with questions about mental health, community mental health options, special programs and services and much more. 

We hope you find this helpful. ​

If you need additional information please contact one of the School Counselors or the School Social Worker.  ​​​

Explaining Coronavirus to your Children 

Video from WDIV - 

https://www.clickondetroit.com/news/local/2020/03/13/watch-explaining-coronavirus-to-children-what-is-it-why-are-schools-closed/

Children and COVID-19 from the CDC:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/children.html​

Toolkit for Families with students with ASD.  

This would also be appropriate for parents with young children.

https://afirm.fpg.unc.edu/sites/afirm.fpg.unc.edu/files/covid-resources/Supporting%20Individuals%20with%20Autism%20through%20Uncertian%20Times%20Full%20Packet.pdf

A story to help children understand Coronavirus

https://static1.squarespace.com/static/595fb0d16a49632afb7e2c00/t/5e73cf66459c9d6afea2bb10/1584648075946/Coronavirus+Story+for+Children.pdf

Julia Cook “The Yucky Bug” video

https://youtu.be/ZD9KNhmOCV4

APA Social Distancing & Related Resources 

https://www.apa.org/practice/programs/dmhi/research-information/social-distancing

CDC Managing Anxiety & Stress

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html

Autism Speaks Resources re: COVID-19 including social stories

https://www.autismspeaks.org/news/covid-19-information-and-resources

Autism Toolkit for school closures

https://l.ead.me/bbTE3n

Coronavirus social story

https://www.flipsnack.com/KeshetChicago/coronavirus-social-story/full-view.html?fbclid=IwAR2spJ0sBUaboJC3UqxeqoHCZjOl2Smg1JSn_CqnzL6V2CQfQf_JG0ohw24 

Sesame Street and Caring for Each Other

https://www.sesamestreet.org/caring

Autism and Special Needs Exercise App. 

Supported in research and used by universities, parents and professionals around the world. The Free trial period has been extended to both schools and parents during these difficult times.

http://www.exercisebuddy.com/

FAQ about CoronaVirus

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1x3eApRJDPdVxpOlq1eEU124oIWpfQDK1/view?mc_cid=b04fa541f1&mc_eid=17a6856e0c

Something for Everyone

https://www.wholechildcounseling.com/post/coronavirus-resources-for-kids-parents-counselors-and-educators j

Hand-washing Steps Using the WHO Technique

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IisgnbMfKvI

Handwashing-The 12 Steps

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGQpJafaWj0

FREE Mental Health Support and Resources Through Child Mind

https://childmind.org/coping-during-covid-19-resources-for-parents/?fbclid=IwAR2rIRsR80rCNIZeb9JtEhS7k_CEPRNujVjeQfPfWevFpQYghjatPoNp-sU


Social-Emotional Learning Online

Howard B. Wigglebottom Books for Young Children with songs  

https://wedolisten.org/

Books Read By Celebrities

https://www.storylineonline.net/

Lessons for Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCo0zW6kLPq2Ns_51AaZN0lQ

Social Emotional Learning 

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/SEL-Home-Learning-Packet-supports-Social-Emotional-Learning-5326481?aref=xds4gjp4

SEL Y5-gr2. Stories & activities

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1BALGReH9Yks-AgHTJ_sdLJfS2YnGk-wFxf297iZYFaQ/edit?usp=sharing

SEL gr.3-5 Stories & activities 

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/10Z1lMNrDlp6FtlZUzfupyWA-EYcUMcEh4bJD9eNkcKs/edit?usp=sharing

Centervention

https://www.centervention.com/

Game-based interventions that focus on improving social and emotional skills in K-8 students.

Offering a free 30-day trial with lessons/activities and printables on our website that focus on SEL:

https://www.centervention.com/social-emotional-learning-activities/

Classroom Champions

https://teach.classroomchampions.org/available-programs/

The social and emotional learning lessons within Classroom Champions’ SEL Foundations Curriculum underscore the value of dreams, grit, and perseverance, especially during hard times. For ten years, Classroom Champions has been focused on students’ social and emotional learning by connecting world-class athletes with K-8 schools in every state and province across North America, achieving measurable improvements in student mental health, social and emotional development, and academic outcomes. Founder Steve Mesler (an Olympic Gold Medalist) and Board Member Christian Taylor (2-time Olympic Gold Medalist) have opened up the platform to share the entire K-8 SEL Foundations Curriculum, plus the Parent Toolkit, the video library, and access to the teacher community for free to help support educators and families. Access to Classroom Champions’ digital platform containing the entire K-8 SEL Foundations Curriculum, plus their Parent Toolkit, video library, and the teacher community.


Anxiety and Stress Management

10 Therapist and Child Approved Activities to Support Kids with Anxiety ​

https://familytherapybasics.com/blog/2017/10/8/10-therapist-and-child-approved-activities-to-support-kids-with-anxiety

20 Fun Activities to Help Kids With Anxiety

https://perfectionpending.net/20-fun-activities-to-help-kids-with-anxiety/

Worry Warriors videos (gr 3-5)

https://youtu.be/dA54Nbv3__M?list=PLl8YAZ_ezKNFELLp8KjMEmcn8A0YbKvRt

https://youtu.be/9qNKPw-EeEE?list=PLl8YAZ_ezKNFELLp8KjMEmcn8A0YbKvRt

https://youtu.be/gH_OWeGwjCI?list=PLl8YAZ_ezKNFELLp8KjMEmcn8A0YbKvRt

https://youtu.be/5WGPxQJ2sBg?list=PLl8YAZ_ezKNFELLp8KjMEmcn8A0YbKvRt

Mindfulness exercises:

https://www.mother.ly/child/ease-your-anxious-child-6-simple-mindfulness-exercises-to-try-today

More Mindfulness exercises:

https://positivepsychology.com/mindfulness-for-children-kids-activities/

General Mental Health Resources

A list of children's books about mental health topics

https://childmind.org/article/best-childrens-books-about-mental-health/?fbclid=IwAR1CPcyUDQ2MSAe6DtkYhMLDqumlPMiFjdStphhE_3emBcvywSOGCKmsKUs 

Resources for Early Childhood

Sesame Street and Caring for Each Other

https://www.sesamestreet.org/caring

Sesame Street Belly Breathe

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mZbzDOpylA&feature=emb_title

Breathe Think Do Sesame Street App

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/breathe-think-do-with-sesame/id721853597

Elementary Resources

A-Z Activities for Coping

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5EXpkVw3fh0

Sesame Street Belly Breathe

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mZbzDOpylA&feature=emb_title

Breathe Think Do Sesame Street App

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/breathe-think-do-with-sesame/id721853597

Yoga and meditation for young elementary

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYI0TPJOuGk

https://awakeandmindful.com/best-kids-yoga-videos-on-youtube/

Cosmic Kids Yoga and Mindfulness

https://youtu.be/0ImHIWzP49M

Secondary Resources

Therapy in a Nutshell - Anxiety and Relaxation video series

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrhPTqholcc

Therapy in a Nutshell - Help to fall asleep when stressed

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAGUVH_yIRE

Therapy in a Nutshell - Progressive Muscle Relaxation

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNqYG95j_UQ

Great resource for High School through adulthood!

https://www.virusanxiety.com/ 

Self Care for Teens

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1OI6qdAba3rtb13XYYKf0Pubi6IxL5Y4SRQeytLcdjx8/mobilepresent?slide=id.p

Apps

Breathe2Relax 

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/breathe2relax/id425720246

Breathe2Relax is a portable stress management tool that provides detailed information on the effects of stress on the body and instructions and practice exercises to help users learn the stress management skill called diaphragmatic breathing.Breathing exercises have been documented to decrease the body’s ‘fight-or-flight’ (stress) response, and help with mood stabilization, anger control, and anxiety management. Breathe2Relax can be used as a stand-alone stress reduction tool or can be used in tandem with clinical care directed by a healthcare worker. Breathe2Relax now uses HealthKit and your Apple Watch device to measure your heart rate throughout your breathing exercise to help provide an even more complete picture of the relaxation experienced.

Headspace Guided Meditation

https://www.headspace.com/meditation/guided-meditation

Calm App-Meditation & Sleep Stories

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/calm/id571800810

Mindshift CBT

https://www.anxietycanada.com/resources/mindshift-cbt/

A user-friendly self-help tool based on proven scientific strategies, MindShift™ CBT teaches about anxiety, helping users to engage in healthy thinking and to take action. Users check-in each day to track their anxiety and work with tools in the app. 

Stop Breathe Think App (ages 5-10)

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/stop-breathe-think-kids/id1215758068

Breathe Think Do Sesame Street App

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/breathe-think-do-with-sesame/id721853597

Autism and Special Needs Exercise App. 

http://www.exercisebuddy.com/

Supported in research and used by universities, parents and professionals around the world. The Free trial period has been extended to both schools and parents during these difficult times.


Fun Family Projects and Learning Sites to Beat Boredom!

50 Fun Activities for Kids and Families

https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/craft-ideas/how-to/g1389/diy-kids-activities/?slide=5

Kindness & Compassion Word Search

https://docs.google.com/document/d/144eyGDYg7wJEtEkQ38lFt70bq-qqW_hbzo1rcJzlDr8/edit?usp=sharing 

My Cup of Feelings

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1LgwJEjbBQIe6mMYD_T4li04kBuudyFc4/view?usp=sharing 

Fun family activities and games

https://byrdseed.tv/students/index.php?kids=true 

Virtual Family Field Trips!

https://adventuresinfamilyhood.com/20-virtual-field-trips-to-take-with-your-kids.html 

More fun things!

https://pbskids.org/ 

Free Learning Materials from Scholastic

https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/teaching-tools/articles/resources/scholastic-learn-at-home--free-resources-for-school-closures.html#

Virtual Museum Tours!

https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/museums-galleries/museums-with-virtual-tours?utm_medium=social&utm_term=59F3F59E-653B-11EA-938E-3D9296E8478F&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=travelandleisure_travelandleisure&utm_content=link&fbclid=IwAR1jkFjMun7aPZi48ZbUlZNur36mGDZRguXtzzOn2S3AuX-5fxyn6t73klY 

Introduce the children to opera!

https://operawire.com/metropolitan-opera-to-offer-up-nightly-met-opera-streams/

Georgia Aquarium! Jellyfish anyone!?

https://www.georgiaaquarium.org/webcam/jelly-webcam/ 

Educational Resources

http://www.amazingeducationalresources.com

Educational Videos

https://thekidshouldseethis.com 

Online Children’s Books-Read to them!

https://growingbookbybook.com/online-literacy-resources/

More educational websites posted by WDIV

https://www.clickondetroit.com/features/2020/03/16/10-fun-educational-websites-your-kids-will-love-to-visit-while-stuck-at-home/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=snd&utm_content=wdiv 

Marine Mammals 

https://outschool.com/classes/introduction-to-marine-mammals-manatees-dolphins-whales-and-more-SxuseJiX#abk7uulbl9

150+ Enrichment Tools

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1KCFnWreu4v7VoO3NbgP-Qcq2LyE1FvliYSoiTLRY7Qg/htmlview?usp=sharing&fbclid=IwAR3KGzpN7Fs3ncXRdRfKaEzta19TDOp4q7EiDcM8Sf1iKcYPm2EuLAcluSE&sle=true

More fun things to do

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1Sgk9Pq5eCRJFvnjM9PNdei21z5-AQ6l0-bJqFE7n25o/edit?fbclid=IwAR0kkJzc81vZ1bajAuCA5zX80vmOKmcfSf7LwvLp7R5PsQ-CKg426WQ5qME#slide=id.p


Learning and Studying Tools:

How to Plan a Homework Schedule:

https://www.wikihow.com/Plan-a-Homework-Schedule

Study Skills for Students:

https://www.educationcorner.com/study-skills.html

12 Strategies to Help your Child Learn:

https://www.educationcorner.com/motivating-your-child-to-learn.html

Tips for Taking Online Classes:

https://www.northeastern.edu/graduate/blog/tips-for-taking-online-classes/

Free Keyboarding Skill Builders/Activities

https://typetastic.com/

Free STEM Activities

https://www.vivifystem.com/blog/2020/3/12/top-stem-resources-for-school-closings?fbclid=IwAR2hVfaeqcsAPvEwRs-ych-NP6mO56ifpqeOvG9ilEft1UVGzbsLIgUMjGs

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems

https://www.kennedy-center.org/education/mo-willems/

Online FREE Learning Tools and Tutorials

https://www.khanacademy.org/

 ​G​reat reading instruction resources

https://www.wilsonlanguage.com/supporting-students-during-covid-19-closures/

Virtual Field Trips Calendar

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1qpFAQz_QJt0ZTVTixAyuGRjsKGYI23CjlaO9eLBkThE/preview?fbclid=IwAR0Usx91q6ehmq7R9pJmhPhu2vNcXEgYstWkExSijizCkVGJ6Kq_dDdk64E



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