All of us here at Next Steps Behavioral Centers would like to reassure you that we take the health and well-being of your children very seriously. Like you, we’re closely monitoring the quickly developing effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
During this time of social distancing, schools closing, Spring break vacations being canceled, etc., you, the caregivers, most likely could use helpful communication methods to talk with your kids about all that is going on, in a way that they can hopefully understand. With that being said, we wanted to provide families with a few social stories that may help! We recommend that caregivers review them first, then pick and choose those that you feel would benefit your child.
Below are four links on social stories about the Coronavirus. There are tons and tons of social stories out there if you find that you need something more to share.
This link will redirect you to a website entitled www.mindheart.co. The author, Manuela Molina, wrote about the social story he developed. In his words….”I have created this short book to support and reassure our children, under the age of 7, regarding the COVID-19. This book is an invitation for families to discuss the full range of emotions arising from the current situation. It is important to point out that this resource does not seek to be a source of scientific information, but rather a tool based on fantasy. My recommendation is to print this material so children can draw on it. Remember that emotions are processed through repetitive play and stories read multiple times. Share COVIBOOK and help ease kiddo’s anxiety all over the world.” When you click on the link below, you will have an option to choose from many different languages from all over the world. Mindheart COVIBOOK
This link will redirect you a website called to a .pdf social story entitled “What is the Coronavirus?” Coronavirus Social Story
We are all in this together. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and will follow guidance from public health officials and government agencies, so we can continue to support our clients and their families as needed.