Parents/Caregivers

These resources are designed for parents and caregivers in mind.  This page provides access for all parent and caregiver resources across all AID in PA projects.

For each project, content is broken down into 3 categories: Quick Bites, Next Steps and Deeper Dive.

Quick Bites: These resources provide a general overview of the topic. If you only have a few minutes to look at information, start with the “quick bites”. This is where you’ll find the most important resources.

Next Steps: If you have more time to spend take the “next step” into these resources where you can find more detailed content on the topic.

Deeper Dive: Looking to know even more? Take a “deep dive” into all of the content that has been developed on the topic to date.

COVID-19 Resources

These resources focus on the COVID-19 pandemic and include information about a wide range of topics including physical health, mental health and wellbeing, accessing services, education during the pandemic, community engagement and more.

Quick Bites

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

These resources are designed to help answer questions about the COVID-19 vaccine. There is information on Emergency Use Authorization and social stories on getting the vaccine and what to expect after you receive a vaccine. These resources were developed in collaboration with the PA Department of Health.

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Video: Teaching Infection Control

In this video, tips and suggestions are provided on how to teach individuals new skills.

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Video: Routines and Schedules During an Emergency

This video will focus on helping families and caregivers develop routines during an emergency.

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Video: Evolving in a World with COVID-19

This video provides information for families and caregivers on how to manage the changing situation around COVID-19 and the community.

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Video: Wellness and Mindfulness Strategies

In this video, tips and strategies are provided for families/caregivers on wellness and mindfulness techniques.

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Next Steps

Video: Creating a Social Bubble

In this video the concept of social bubbles is explained, along with information on how to safely create them to provide social support.

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Video: Monitoring Physical Health

This video is designed to support families and caregivers as they transition a loved one with autism back into the community.

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Video: Preparing to Go Into the Community

This video provides information for families/caregivers on how to prepare their loved one to go back into the community safely.

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Video: Parenting in a Pandemic

This video focuses on the difficulties and strategies real families and caregivers are having during this time of social distancing.

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Video: Routines and Schedules During an Emergency

This video will focus on helping families and caregivers develop routines during an emergency.

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Video: Anxiety-What you need to know

This video provides information about anxiety, risk factors, signs of anxiety in individuals with ID/A, and ways to manage anxiety.

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Video: Behavioral Presentation of COVID-19

This presentation provides information on signs of COVID-19 to look for in individuals who have limited expressive language.

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Deeper Dive

Video: School Year Resiliency

This video provides tips and information for parents on how to help your kids manage the many changes to their school routines due to COVID-19.

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Video: Staying Healthy During Holidays

This video provides tips and suggestions for keeping healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic while celebrating the holidays with family.

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Video: Staycation vs Vacation- How to Have Fun and Stay Safe

Whether you're planning to stay home or get away, this webinar explains how to stay safe and make the most of your time off.

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Video: Emotional Pain During a Pandemic

This video is geared toward families and explains emotional pain and how to manage it during a pandemic.

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Video: Parent Perspective on Telehealth

This video provides information from a parent of two young children about their experiences receiving therapy services through telehealth.

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Video: Compassion Fatigue

This video provides an over of what compassion fatigue is, how to recognize it, and ways to manage.

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HEART: Healthy sexuality, Education, Awareness, and Relationship Training Resources

These resources focus on reducing risk for experiencing sexual abuse or assault for individuals with ID/A. Content is broken into three important areas: risk reduction, healthy relationships, and healthy sexuality.

These resources are still in development. Check back often to see when resources are available. Until then, check out these websites:

ASERT: Be Safe Resources

Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape

RAINN

Emergency Preparedness Resources

These resources focus on how to prepare individuals with ID/A for emergency situations, particularly what to know and do if they need to stay in an emergency shelter. Additional resources focus on providing shelter staff and emergency support workers to effectively support individuals with ID/A.

These resources are still in development. Check back often to see when resources are available. Until then, check out these websites:

ReadyPA.gov

Inclusive Preparedess Resources: Red Cross

Ready.gov

FEMA: Office of Disability Integration and Coordination