COVID-19 Resources


COVID-19 Vaccination Resources (click on location)

Rite Aid
Wegmans
Giant (Can only try 6 zip codes before being declined)
Weis
Walgreens
ShopRite
Acme
Eric’s RX


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General Precautions: (Apply to You and Your Family)

  • Wear a mask in public.
  • Avoid contact with the visibly ill.
  • Social distance—stay six feet apart.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Wash your hands often with warm water.
  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds.
  • Do not touch your face.
  • Use gloves as often as possible.
  • Avoid touching surfaces with your bare hands.
  • Check your temperature daily.

Protecting Your Household:

  • Prepare a list of local organizations that can quickly be contacted if additional information and resources are needed.
  • Keep up with local COVID-19 conditions.
  • Clean frequently used surfaces and electronics in your home.
  • Consider your child’s risk of contraction and be aware of their surroundings.
  • Create an emergency contact list.
  • Be aware of your pets’ surroundings.
  • Do not let pets interact with anyone outside of your household.
  • Clean groceries and other items from stores.

Personal Vehicles:

  • Keep a spare pair of gloves, mask, and a bottle of hand sanitizer in your vehicle.
  • Open the windows to improve ventilation.
  • Limit the number of people in your vehicle.
  • Do not have those aside from immediate family inside your vehicle.
  • Wipe down available surfaces in your vehicle daily.

Doctors’ Visits:

  • Use telemedicine if possible.
  • Communicate with medical staff by email or phone when possible.
  • When visiting a doctors’ office/hospital know the proper precautions to stay safe.
  • While in a doctors’ office/hospital wear a mask and gloves and social distance.
  • If you or your child has Covid-19 symptoms, contact your doctors’ office ahead of time to discuss the proper handling of the situation.

Pharmacy:

  • Avoid direct trips to the pharmacy.
  • Use the Drive-thru when possible.
  • If possible, have medications and prescriptions delivered to your home.

Parenting a special needs child during the COVID pandemic

Helpful Special Needs Organizations

Special Needs/Autism

Keeping Your Child Healthy, Active, and Entertained:

  • Encourage your child to video chat with friends and family.
  • If possible, go on walks with your child or allow them to play in the backyard.
  • Encourage your child to use resources for social and emotional learning:

Casel
Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence
Distant Learning for Special Education
Scholastic – Learn at Home for Families

  • Encourage your child to eat healthy.
  • Make sure your child gets at least 8 hours of sleep each night.
  • Keep your child active with fun and educational tunes:

Alphabet Songs
Sesame Street Morning Meeting

  • Children love being read to! Here are some links to recorded children’s book readings:

Books Read Online

  • Fun activity ideas for you and your child:

Happy Hooligans
I Heart Crafty Things

  • Additional Resources for Medically Fragile, Injured, and Special Needs Children:

Symbaloo


Shopping in Stores:

  • Use contactless methods of payment when applicable.
  • If you ride in another’s vehicle, wear a mask and gloves. After, wash your hands as soon as possible.
  • Avoid riding in a vehicle that is not your own.

Travel and Outings: (What Does a Family Outing with a Medically Fragile Child Look Like Now?)

  • Limit Travel, especially for those with underlying health issues.
  • Do not travel outside of the United States now.
  • After traveling to a state with rising COVID-19 cases, quarantine yourself.
  • Do not share bikes, skateboards, scooters, etc. with friends.
  • Avoid eating inside restaurants, order takeout instead.

Helpful Articles:

Pandemic Pushes Parents Of Kids With Special Needs To Breaking Point

ChildMind: Talking To Kids About the Coronavirus Crisis

Clay Center for Young Health Minds: 7 Ways to Support Kids and Teens Through the Corona Virus Pandemic

Unicef article: Supporting Your Child’s Mental Health During Covid-19

 NYU Article: Checking Your Teenagers Mood During Covid-19