Resources During School Closure

Notes from the Special Education Department

From the Desk of the Supervisor.....

During this unprecedented time in our community, country and around the world, we are united in our mission to support all students. We hope this newsletter will give you support and resources for your family. If you ever need anything, we are all here for you. Please do not hesitate to contact us. We will get through this together and be stronger for it - #FinsUpWingsUp

Special Education

COVID-19: Learning at Home
COVID-19 Evaluation Deadline

Hot off the Press! From the Learning Disabilities Association of NJ

Click here to see their Special Edition Bulletin Board Issue: Freebies for Parents & Teachers and News You Can Use!

Audible Is Free!

Audible: Audiobooks Free- Right now, kids everywhere can instantly stream an

incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will

help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids. All stories are free to stream

on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.

The Ultimate Resource for All

Check out this list of resources that was created specifically to assist people with disabilities and their parents during this quarantine period.

Join SPAN for an Atlantic County Virtual Roundtable Meeting!

Join parents, educators, school administrators, and other interested parties at this virtual roundtable!

About this Event

The goal of this virtual roundtable meeting is to check in to see how things are going in our school districts and communities, to discuss any concerns and successes with the distance learning, problem solve together to develop next steps, as well as to share information and resources to support family engagement to improve practices, programs, policies, and outcomes for children.

Questions? Contact Tatsiana DaGrosa, Parent Group Specialist Email: Phone: (609) 401-9423

Click here to register.

Click here to check out SPAN's COVID 19 page.

Ways to Support Remote Learning

Understanding Remote Learning Social Story

Here is a Great Resource to Make your own Brain Breaks at Home

Brain breaks are a great intervention to help sustain learning at home and in school. Click here for more info!

Tips for Parents on Developing Homeschool Routines

It isn't always easy to create and stick to home routines. Here is a useful article on creating homeschool routines! For a helpful article for "Sticking to the Plan," click here.

Using Visual Supports to Facilitate Homework Completion

Task checklists or mini-schedules are useful in targeting certain events or tasks in the daily schedule where a child has difficulty, click here to learn more.

Mental Health Resources

What Do Teens Need From Their Parents During COVID-19

Here is a great article on supporting our teens.
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Does Your Child Need Help? Or Is This The New Normal?

With everything in our lives changing so suddenly due to the pandemic, it can be difficult to tell if a change in a child's behavior is a problem that requires intervention. Is it a cry for help? Or just a temporary reaction that will resolve on its own with time?


Reading The Signs: Does Your Child Need Help Or Is This The New Normal?
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Helping Children Cope with Changes Resulting From COVID-19

Click here from some great resources on how to talk to your children about the Coronavirus. Here is an additional resource on coping with stress during this time.

Recommendations from the CDC on Managing Stress During COVID-19

For more information click here.

Helping Parents Through COVID-19 and Beyond

During the coronavirus crisis, the Child Mind Institute is here to support the mental and emotional health of children. Click here for some more information!
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Atlantic County Mental Health Resources

Here is a pamphlet on available mental health resources for Atlantic County residents.

Click here for "The Source: A Resource Guide for People of All Ages in Atlantic County.

Behavioral Healthcare for Children

The Department of Children and Families offers a continuum of behavioral healthcare for youth up to age 21. The DCF’s Division of Children’s System of Care (CSOC) provides services that include mental health and substance use treatment as well as programs for youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities. CSOC is a leader in the nation for its Mobile Response and Stabilization Services, which offers almost immediate face to face crisis support and de-escalation management for families with children experiencing a behavioral health episode. This is available 24/7/365 by calling 1-877-652-7624.

Dont Miss Online Mindfulness Classes for Kids

Click here for free mindfulness classes!


Headspace: Free Mindfulness Activities: meditations, sleep, and movement exercises to

help you out, however you’re feeling. Find some space and kindness for yourself and

those around you:

Supports for Students with Autism and Beyond

Autism Society of America Statement on COVID-19 Crisis

Coronavirus: Response & Resources from the Autism Society

Click here for the COVID 19 Toolkit

NJ Medicaid Coverage

NJ Medicaid now covers ABA services for children with autism. Click here for more information.
We Wear Masks - A Social Story about the coronavirus

Wearing a Mask

Here is another great social story to use at home.
Distance Learning

Silas: Free Social Skills Resources During the Extended Closure

The Team at SiLAS has put together some free Social Animations, SEL Lessons and Parent Sheets. Click here to check it out.

Autism Focused Resources & Modules

Click here for resources to support individuals with autism through these uncertain times.

School Closure Toolkit from Easter Seals

Here is a great resource for token boards, schedules, and choice boards.
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