Helping children and adults with special needs stay engaged (and have fun!) while social distancing
With social distancing measures in place to help stop the spread of COVID-19, parents and caregivers of children, adolescents and adults living with emotional, behavioral and cognitive differences may be feeling the heat this summer, trying to find fun, engaging and educationally enriching activities for their individuals to enjoy.
Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health National Director of Family Engagement Amy Kelly, MBA, MNM, who is a mother of three children, including one with autism and intellectual and developmental disabilities, shares activities to help youth and adults learn new skills, while staying safe and healthy.
“This summer is unlike any other, with camps and programs across the country canceled as a result of the pandemic, but that does not mean the fun – or learning – has to stop,” said Kelly. “A little creativity can go a long way in ensuring your child or adult stays active and engaged with projects and games, while continuing to practice social distancing.”
Activities to promote healthy development
Make this a summer to remember – look below for a few activities you and your family can enjoy while spending time at home.
Travel … without leaving home
While visiting familiar destinations like national parks, zoos, museums and theme parks may not be possible this summer, below are a host of live webcams and virtual tours to keep you and your family educated and entertained.
Access a full list of live webcams and virtual tours you can take without leaving home.
“COVID-19 does not have to mean the end of summer travel and vacation plans,” explained Kelly. “Live webcams and virtual tours provide an up close and personal view of breathtaking beaches, majestic animals, world-renowned artwork and more. This is a safe and convenient way for you and your family to visit a new and exciting place from the safety and comfort of your own home.”
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