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Self-Help Resources to Help You Navigate through COVID-19

Embrace Families has put together a running list of self-help and educational resources to guide you through the chaos of COVID-19. Please help yourself to the list of resources below, and be sure to check back as we update the page frequently.


Calming Your Family Flyer courtesy of United Way (English) / Spanish

Coping with Disaster Infographic

Five Tips to Make the Most of Video Chats

Supporting Children and Adolescents Coronavirus


Psychology Today has shared ten essential strategies for preserving the mental health of families. Check out their advice by clicking here.


The need to protect kids doesn’t stop during a pandemic. Here’s Glen Casel, Embrace Families CEO, explaining what we are doing to keep kids safe during COVID-19.


Orange County Caregivers, are you ready for teacher-facilitated distance learning, or do you need more resources? Check out these helpful videos from OCPS to ensure you are prepared:

https://youtu.be/s5YYpIjpdKc – Set up a learning space

https://youtu.be/YnsFYlTdqY0 – What is distance learning?

https://youtu.be/r2wtRwTh1gI – Additional distance learning resources

Check out OCPS’ Facebook page for versions in Spanish!


Seminole County caregivers – check out this important update from SCPS Superintendent Walt Griffin. You can find more information on the district’s distance learning plans at https://www.scps.k12.fl.us/covid19/


**Resources** for locals in need of financial assistance due to the impact of COVID-19:

Heart of Florida United Way ALICE Recovery Fund – for Orange, Osceola and Seminole residents experiencing hardship due to decreased hours or unpaid leave: https://www.hfuw.org/alicecovid19/

Orange County rental assistance fund – rent assistance for Orange residents: https://bit.ly/2J8qzjz

Florida Re-employment assistance – for Florida residents laid off or on extended unpaid leave: https://bit.ly/2wnIMXM


Our friends at Florida Blue have opened a FREE 24-hour helpline. All Floridians, including those who are uninsured or insured by another provider, may access the line if they are in need of emotional support. 

Please share! Our friends at Florida Blue have opened a FREE 24-hour helpline. All Floridians, including those who are…

Posted by Embrace Families on Monday, March 23, 2020


Looking for tips from top psychologists on how to manage your mental health while social distancing? Check out this article from CNBC. 

Tips from top psychologists on how to manage your mental health while social distancing: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/20/coronavirus-tips-for-protecting-your-mental-health-during-quarantine.html

Posted by Embrace Families on Monday, March 23, 2020


If you’re feeling stressed, it’s likely the kids in your life are, too. Check out this post on helping children deal with stress and trauma.

If you’re feeling stressed, it’s likely the kids in your life are, too.

Posted by Embrace Families on Saturday, March 21, 2020


Worried about hand washing? A refresher on the basics can’t hurt!

Thanks to our friends at Nemours Children’s Hospital for producing this great video.


At this point, even the kiddos are getting bored of screen time. Here are 70 new ideas of fun indoor activities you can try today.

At this point, even the kiddos are getting bored of screen time. Here are 70 new ideas of fun indoor activities you can try today.

Posted by Embrace Families on Friday, March 20, 2020


Dr. Mimi Graham of FSU shares some wise words on helping children deal with stress related to the Coronavirus. Click here to check out the article for more information, and see below for a sneak peek on tips.

– Reassure in age-appropriate language

– Decrease uncertainty

– Increase sense of safety

– Observe for signs of stress

– Play outside

– Change the things you can

– Model good coping skills

– Read books that show ways to cope

– Build resilience

– Keep busy

– Take care of yourself


Meghan Walls, PsyD at Nemours Children’s Hospital offers some great tips to help kids understand Coronavirus. See some of her tips below, and click here to learn more and watch a video.

  1. Talk to your kids about it
  2. Give factual, brief, age-appropriate information
  3. Consult with your pediatrician or mental health provider if their anxiety or stress becomes overwhelming

If you are a parent or child caregiver, Scholastic is offering free, learn-at-home lessons by grade level. Check those out by clicking here


Are you in search of some great guidance from the CDC on managing anxiety and stress during this time? Click here for tips on helping children cope during school shutdowns due to COVID-19.