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Helpful Resources for Children, Youth/Teens and their Families

We hope you are settling in well and have adjusted to any changes of routines with your families.  Perhaps you are working from home, perhaps you are helping your child or children to complete school work from home. Maybe you are looking for ways to entertain your preschooler, or find activities for the whole family to enjoy.  You might even be a young adult, looking for something fun to do!

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We thought it might be helpful to share a few resources that might be useful to you and your loved ones. There are some great ideas here for staying entertained and active, learning something new, and accessing supports if you need them. If you are looking for additional information to support your child or youth, please reach out to us. We can work on solutions together.

Click the tabs below to browse between our main resources areas: Children & Families / Parents & Guardians / Financial & Basic Needs.

Child Mind Institute
Child Mind Institute

Back-to-School Resources for Families and Educators.

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Toilet Learning
Toilet Learning

Information about toilet-training offered in a very friendly, and personable approach.

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Nixie and Nimbo
Nixie and Nimbo

2 minute videos to help children who are facing fears. Also offered in Spanish.

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NCPMI
NCPMI

Helping children understand emotions when wearing masks

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Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve
Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve

Information, resources, and at home activities to support exploring Ontario’s largest freshwater archipelago!

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Outdoor Play Canada
Outdoor Play Canada

Information on getting outside with your children, and being safe.

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When I Get Sick
When I Get Sick

A social story about staying healthy brought to you by Autism Speaks.

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Cosmic Kids
Cosmic Kids

Fun videos and activities to promote yoga and mindfulness with children.

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Barefoot Books
Barefoot Books

Find activities, read-a-louds and lots of cool new ideas at Barefoot Books.

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Comfort, Play and Teach
Comfort, Play and Teach

Resources designed to communicate key developmental information and strategies for supporting healthy development of infants, toddlers and preschoolers.

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Regulation and Routine
Regulation and Routine

It’s important to maintain structure and routine, but where do you start? Find answers in this toolkit.

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My COVID DisabilityQ
My COVID DisabilityQ

CanChild, the Kids Brain Health Network, and the CHILD-BRIGHT Network  are happy to announce the launch of My COVID Disability Q.

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Having Fun in Quarantine
Having Fun in Quarantine

Be inspired by a list of ideas for some fun to be had with the whole family.

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Kids Gardening
Kids Gardening
Activities and crafts that explore the garden. Why not design a sensory garden!

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Radiolab for Kids Podcast
Radiolab for Kids Podcast

The family-friendly version of this classic podcast.

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Mindfulness for Kids
Mindfulness for Kids

Explore 5 mindfulness and meditation apps geared toward helping a younger audience to relax.

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At Home With Nature
At Home With Nature

Look through the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority webpage for some e-Learning on nature, ecology, and cultural heritage.

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Easy Craft Ideas Without the Purchase
Easy Craft Ideas Without the Purchase

Explore some craft ideas that you can create with materials you likely have at hand in your home.

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EarlyON Resources
EarlyON Resources

Our EarlyON page offers great resources for early literacy, child development and more!

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Wye Marsh
Wye Marsh
Activities and resources to stay connected to nature while social distancing.

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WeeTalkers
WeeTalkers

Workshops, ideas and resources for supporting toddler and preschooler communication.

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Storyline Online
Storyline Online

A library of books, read by celebrities. So fun!

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Exercise At Home
Exercise At Home

Ideas for keeping kids active indoors.

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Smithsonian Kids
Smithsonian Kids

Activities and games for kids and teens; art, history, and culture.

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Scholastic Learn At Home
Scholastic Learn At Home

Log in to watch the virtual shark tank, and explore activities for children.

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But Why: A Podcast for Curious Kids
But Why: A Podcast for Curious Kids

A podcast led by kids, for kids.

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Robert Munsch Stories
Robert Munsch Stories

Download and listen to his classic stories.

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Activities for Preschoolers
Activities for Preschoolers

List of free choice activities that can be easily presented to your preschooler.

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Physically Distant Birthday Ideas
Physically Distant Birthday Ideas

Chances are you know someone with an upcoming birthday. Keep it special with these ideas for celebrating as a family, or check out some ideas for virtually celebrating a birthday.

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Down Syndrome Resource Foundation
Down Syndrome Resource Foundation
Videos and visuals for working on skills while you wait for therapy supports. Suitable for all children. Check out the people games!

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PBS Kids
PBS Kids

Games, printables, science experiments and activities for children that can be filtered by age, learning domain and interest.

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Play and Learn
Play and Learn
Excellent activities and resources, arranged by age and skill. Brought to you by McMaster University and University of Toronto.

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Educational TED Talks for Students
Educational TED Talks for Students

Learn while you watch riveting videos. Who says education can’t be fun?

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CBC Kids
CBC Kids

Games, stories and activities for Canadian Kids.

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Virtual Vacations
Virtual Vacations

Take a field trip to worldly destinations from the comfort of your home.

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YMCA
YMCA

Virtual activities to keep active and having fun anytime, anywhere.

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Toronto Zoo To You
Toronto Zoo To You

Live cams, resources and activities from the Toronto Zoo.

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Movement Songs
Movement Songs

Fun songs, activities and movement games to play with your toddler or preschooler.

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Penguin Cam
Penguin Cam

Check out what the penguins are up to at the San Diego Zoo!

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Ripley's Aquarium
Ripley's Aquarium

Log in to watch the virtual shark tank, and explore activities for children.

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Active for Life
Active for Life
Resources and activities for raising physically literate kids.

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Barrie Public Library
Barrie Public Library

View the monthly schedule of online events for teens.

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Orillia Public Library
Orillia Public Library

Find online programs and resources for teens at the Orillia library.

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Best YouTube Channels for Tweens
Best YouTube Channels for Tweens

Explore this list of really cool YouTube channels to watch.

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Take A Hike
Take A Hike

Tourism Barrie can tell you where to find a hiking trail near you.

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Scavenger Hunt
Scavenger Hunt

Add focus to a walk in the woods with this list of items to find.

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Card Games for One
Card Games for One

Grab a deck (or more) of cards and learn some single-player games from this list.

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GeoCaching
GeoCaching

One quick download of an app and you can turn any outing into a treasure hunt.

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Learn To Cook
Learn To Cook

Food Network has a list of easy recipes for the novice chef to develop their skills.

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School Mental Health Ontario
School Mental Health Ontario

Activities and information to support your school aged child with their social-emotional mental health.

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Yoga
Yoga

Move your body while calming your mind with these free yoga channel recommendations.

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Zumba
Zumba

Do you love to dance? Join along to your favourite songs and learn some new moves while being active and having fun.

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Podcasts for Tweens and Teens
Podcasts for Tweens and Teens

Check out this list of ten of the best podcasts for youth. Comedy, games, science, history, geek; there’s something on this list for everyone, so choose the one that most interests you!

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Instagram Art Challenges
Instagram Art Challenges

Browse some artist accounts for some fun daily group art projects.

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NASA
NASA

Activities, stories, colouring pages and STEM for kids of all ages.

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Kids Help Phone
Kids Help Phone

Access to online or phone-in counselling and support for youth.

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Virtual Museum Tours
Virtual Museum Tours

List of virtual museum tours available around the world.

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Meditation
Meditation

Choose from a list of meditation videos, and calm your mind.

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Pharaoh Ramesses VI
Pharaoh Ramesses VI

Take a 3D walking tour through a pharaoh’s tomb! Click and explore just like taking a stroll with Google Maps.

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Virtual Vacation to Niagara Falls
Virtual Vacation to Niagara Falls

Take a Virtual Reality tour of the waterfalls, zip line, Hornblower cruise, and more!

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Kerry's Place Portal
Kerry's Place Portal

Learn about ASD, tips and strategies for managing behaviour, and access printable resources.

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Children's Inclusion Support Services
Children's Inclusion Support Services

The importance of routines in helping prepare children for language learning and for school.

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Managing Anxiety During Re-Opening
Managing Anxiety During Re-Opening

Some strategies to help you stay calm, with so many difficult decisions to make as things re-open.

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Exceptional Parenting Podcast
Exceptional Parenting Podcast

Exceptional Parenting Podcast introducing a sensory series called, The Sensory System and Your Child – what sensory processing is, how it affects behaviour, and how to address it.

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Parents and Parents To Be
Parents and Parents To Be

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has put together a great resource for Parents and Parents To Be to help answer any questions and concerns you may have related to COVID-19.

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Back To School Recommendations
Back To School Recommendations

Review what the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital recommends for Children with Special Needs transitioning back to school.

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Novel Coronavirus
Novel Coronavirus

Visit the SMDHU COVID-19 information page for access to the self-assessment tool, check lab results, and much more information to help keep you safe.

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My New Life Podcast
My New Life Podcast

Support for parents to understand early learning and development of their infants and toddlers.

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Positive Parenting in Uncertain Times
Positive Parenting in Uncertain Times

E-magazine brought to you by Triple P Positive Parenting Program, with tips, information and resources for supporting your child during COVID-19.

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Virtual Respite
Virtual Respite

View the monthly calendar and register for online respite sessions for your child or youth at a minimal cost.

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New Path
New Path

Connect to children’s mental health services, behaviour coaching and supports in Simcoe County.

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Self Compassion Exercises
Self Compassion Exercises

Choose your mix and create a practice for improving your self-compassion skills with expert Dr. Kristin Neff.

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Unique
Unique

Check out Unique’s guide for families, containing lots of Covid-19 related information, guidance, ideas, resources and sources of help. Includes education, health, therapies, activities and much more

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Bounce Back
Bounce Back

Delivered over the phone with a coach and through online videos, adults and youth get access to tools that will support them on their path to mental wellness.

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Community Action Program for Children
Community Action Program for Children

Access supports for lower income families with children under 6.

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Facebook Family Network
Facebook Family Network

A Facebook group designed to connect families caring for individuals with disabilities.

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Talk4Healing
Talk4Healing

Helpline for indigenous women available in 14 languages.

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About Kids Health
About Kids Health

Hospital for Sick Children’s vast resources for supporting your family through COVID-19.

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Coursera
Coursera

Free online course in Autism Studies.

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E-MentalHealth
E-MentalHealth

Visit the crisis and emergency section to find various crisis services in your community.

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ConnexOntario
ConnexOntario

Services for drug and alcohol, gambling, or mental health issues.

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Support Your Children and Yourself
Support Your Children and Yourself

See what Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child recommends for successfully managing through this outbreak.

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PBS Kids
PBS Kids

Information and strategies on self-regulation in preschoolers.

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HopeForWellness
HopeForWellness

Immediate mental health counselling and crisis intervention for all Indigenous peoples across Canada (available in some Indigenous languages). Toll-free: 1-855-242-3310.

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211
211

Information and referral for community, government, social and health services, including mental health resources across Ontario.

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World Health Organization
World Health Organization

Loads of resources and visual information on structure and routine, managing behaviour and staying positive with your children.

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Access Inclusion
Access Inclusion

Short webinars for parents on children testing limits and anxiety, along with other resources.

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Zero To Three
Zero To Three

Information and stories for explaining coronavirus to children.

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Control Your Mood
Control Your Mood

Use the 3Ms approach to keep a positive outlook.

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Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities
Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities

Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities – Temporary changes to admissible expenses.

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Easter Seals
Easter Seals

Helping kids with physical disabilities succeed.

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Canada Emergency Response Benefit
Canada Emergency Response Benefit

If you have stopped working because of COVID-19, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) may provide you with temporary income support.

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OSAP Student Loans
OSAP Student Loans

Government of Ontario is temporarily deferring loan payments and interest accrual for OSAP borrowers.

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Get Support For Families
Get Support For Families

Learn about funding that families can apply for if they have children who are not in school or child care because of coronavirus (COVID-19).

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Personal Income Tax
Personal Income Tax

View the updated list with changes to your personal income tax.

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United Way
United Way

Assistance for low income households with energy costs.

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SSAH Expenses
SSAH Expenses

View the updated list with changes to eligible expenses due to program closures

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Passport Expenses
Passport Expenses

View the updated list with changes to eligible expenses due to program closures.

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Canada Child Benefit
Canada Child Benefit
COVID-19: Canada Child Benefit (CCB) payment increase.

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ODSP/Ontario Works
ODSP/Ontario Works

Do you urgently need financial help because of COVID-19? If you are not already receiving support from Ontario Works or the Ontario Disability Support Program, you can apply for emergency assistance online.

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Support for Families
Support for Families

Apply for one-time funds for each child to help offset the costs of learning materials to use at home.

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