COVID-19 – Helpful Resources
“During this extremely difficult time for all parents/carers and families we will be bringing together a range of resources that we hope will help you, as we all ride through this together. You will find more useful information on Penny’s page, also under the Parents Resource section”.
Our specialist team here at AIMH (UK) has written this Factsheet for parents – please share with parents/carers who may find the information helpful during this stressful and anxious time
‘Emotional Survival for Infants and Their Parents’
“If you are feeling worried or stressed, as many people are in the current crisis, try to get the support you need from family, friends or professionals – and find and share uplifting things restore your sense of hope.
Your children need you to be calm and sensitive to their needs. This is not easy when we are stressed. In this factsheet there are some tips on how your child may be feeling, why they might be behaving differently, and what you can do to help.”
Click here for further resources that can be shared with parents and carers
An excellent interview here addressing the transition to motherhood and how the relationship between mother and baby emerges
Click here to listen to this really informative podcast featuring Julianne Boutaleb in interview with Dr Sophie Brock. Dr Brock is a Sociologist with a particular interest in motherhood and works in Australia. Julianne is a Consultant Perinatal Psychologist and Clinical Director/ Founder of Parenthood In Mind who deliver specialist psychological services for new parents and parents-to-be.
This particular podcast addresses the transition to motherhood, particularly in the context of the Covid-19 global pandemic.
There is discussion on the dynamics and importance of the birth environment and postpartum period, and how parents can prepare for how their experience will be impacted by the context of a global pandemic. Julianne speaks about the processes of attachment between a mother and her baby, revealing some of the early attachment needs of a baby that may surprise you. Read on !
Julianne is a member of the AIMH (UK) Executive Committee and member of the Birth Trauma Association.
Click here to follow ‘The Good Enough Mother’ on Soundcloud
Understanding Your Baby
A very good leaflet here for parents fresh from Gwent Parent-Infant Mental Health Service, Wales.
‘By really paying attention to your baby and their behaviour it will become easier to understand their needs. You may begin to see which level of wakefulness they are in, and learn which cues they show when they have particular feelings‘…..
and leaflet ‘taking care of yourself and baby’ click here
Help Sheet for Parents and Babies
Enfield Parent Infant Partnership, Enfield CAMHS; (EPIP) share their help sheet (for Infant Mental Health Awareness Week 2020) ’20:20 Vision: Seeing the world through babies’ eyes.’
Center on the Developing Child, Harvard Center, New Episode – April 21, 2020
‘The Brain Architects’ -COVID-19 and Early Childhood Development.
In this first episode from a special COVID-19 series of The Brain Architects podcast, Center Director Jack P. Shonkoff, M.D. discusses the COVID-19 pandemic in the context of early childhood development. He offers advice to help ensure that adults and the children they care for don’t experience the long-term effects of stress, and explains how society can work together to continue to support healthy development.
A useful leaflet here from Lambeth CAMHS Parent and Infant Relationship Service (PAIRS), ‘Helping Babies, Young Children, Parents and Carers in the COVID-19 Crisis’, created for parents/carers during the current lockdown and beyond.
PAIRS is a service that helps parents to spend quality time together with their baby/child and to further improve their relationship.
They have three different services and is available to expectant parents and parents with babies or toddlers (up until their fourth birthday) who live in the LEAP wards of Tulse Hill, Stockwell, Coldharbour and Vassall.
You can contact the PAIRS team directly and speak to a member of the team. The PAIRS worker will talk through your concerns and discuss if PAIRS is the right service for you at this time and which version of PAIRS is best for you. Alternatively, you can ask your health visitor, midwife, GP or local children’s centre to make a referral.
Here’s an interesting website, some great ideas.
Early Learning Nation – “We believe in the power of building kids’ brains—building kids’ capacity to think, imagine, create—to ensure a more equitable future. In our work, we advocate for kids and families by weaving together early learning and early childhood communities with cross-pollinated research and news.
In this series about activities for young children during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) crisis, we’ve presented offline and online suggestions. Here are some smart and exciting science-fueled activities to enjoy in the great outdoors”.
Advice for parents during coronavirus – The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
Whilst coronavirus is infectious to children it is rarely serious. If your child is unwell it is likely to be a non-coronavirus illness, rather than coronavirus itself.
Whilst it is extremely important to follow Government advice to stay at home during this period, it can be confusing to know what to do when your child is unwell or injured. Remember that NHS 111, GPs and hospitals are still providing the same safe care that they have always done.
‘EasyPeasy’ – Fun and Games to keep children on track
Get inspired with playful actitvities to help your child develop skills for school and life.
Do make the most of this excellent wbsite. EasyPeasy are a group of creators, researchers and educators, dedicated to helping families discover, create, play and share learning games. They use technology to bring families together in new and exciting ways that spark imagination, joy and learning in homes everywhere.
“We believe in the power of learning through play to give every child the best possible start in life, and we know that parents are the key to unlocking it. EasyPeasy’s proven impact comes through successfully helping parents spend more quality time playing and interacting with their children”
A lovely idea from Mellow Parenting ☺️
Mellow has been thinking about how they can increase their online activity to reach out to everyone at home.
From Mindful Mondays to Wonderful Wednesdays, take a look at their new weekly schedule on Facebook here
Some very good information here from the Western Cape Association for Infant Mental Health.
The focus of their April Newsletter is to provide ways of making contact, up to date information, and guidelines for working with infants, young children and their families during this time. Also included a are a number of resources throughout the document and a reading reference list at the end.
A call for Dads from the Fatherhood Institute !
“Help us tell the story of Dads and co-parenting during the Covid -19 crisis”
The Fatherhood Institute are developing a survey, to be circulated within the next couple of weeks about how this crisis is impacting on men’s fathering, and on families’ experiences of co-parenting. They want to get a sense of the issues Dad’s are facing as parents, the solutions they are coming up with, where they are looking for support, and what extra help they need”
“The results of their survey will help the Fatherhood Institute keep fatherhood – and the importance of shared caregiving and earning – on the agenda with government, policymakers and providers of tax-funded services.
They hope Dad’s will find it a useful exercise personally, too.
To join in, please sign up to their mailing list here, and they will send you a link to the survey as soon as it’s ready. They will also send you a list of the best father-inclusive online parenting resources !!
Dr Sarah Temple is a GP who also runs a social enterprise and has developed a number of online resources which she is very happy for us to share with you. Sarah says:
“The Coronavirus Pandemic has the capacity to affect every person in the world—and how each individual responds can potentially affect everyone else. The team at EHCAP (innovative solutions for education, health, care and prison services) has responded by making their free e-learning modules for parents easier to access.
The modules seem to be particularly popular at the moment with both parents and staff and are accessed throughwww.parentsupportmatters.co.uk . I am constantly updating this page www.carersupportmatters.co.uk with information relevant to the coronavirus pandemic – again for both parents and staff.
“It’s hard to imagine that a cloud as huge and dark as Covid-19 can possibly have even glimmers of a silver-lining. But for some UK families with children, being locked down at home is not the worst of times, but can even be the best.” PENELOPE LEACH
Penny researches and writes extensively on parenting issues from a child development perspective. Click the link below to read her thoughts:
The Breastfeeding Network aims to be an independent source of support and information for breastfeeding women and others.
Baby Buddy is designed to support both parent/s and baby.
Download the app and take Baby Buddy wherever you go and get quality-assured information. Includes a growing range of video clips of parents and professionals for your support and to help you look after yourself and your baby.
Ask Baby Buddy anything and receive expert information, track your goals for your self care and access a map that helps you find local services for you and your baby.
Parent-Infant Psychotherapy for Sleep Problems:
Through the Night
By Dilys Daws, Sarah Sutton
Sleep problems are among the most common, urgent and undermining troubles parents meet. This book describes Dilys Daws’ pioneering method of therapy for sleep problems, honed over 40 years of work with families.
This much-needed, compassionate and well-informed guide to helping parents and babies with sleep problems draws on twenty-first century development research and rich clinical wisdom to offer ways of understanding sleep problems in each individual family context, with all its particular pressures and possibilities. This book will be treasured by new parents struggling with sleeplessness.
Some really useful links here from Robin Balbernie, Honorary Advisor AIMH (UK)
Here are some resources relevant to young children and the current effects on families of the coronavirus pandemic.
Zero to Three
Zero to Three https://www.zerotothree.org/resources/3210-tips-for-families-coronavirus to help families.
and VROOM – Vroom provides science-based tips and tools to inspire families to turn shared, everyday moments into Brain Building Moments®. An excellent website
See all the links in the sections at the end on ‘Resources for parents and other caregivers’.
And the Anna Freud centre has put this out too: https://www.annafreud.org/coronavirus/ although more salient for older children.
The NSPCC has this: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/reporting-abuse/coronavirus-abuse-neglect-vulnerable-children but there must be more.
A child’s brain undergoes an amazing period of development from birth to age three—producing more than a million neural connections each second.
The development of the brain is influenced by many factors, including a child’s relationships, experiences and environment. Learn more about the crucial role you play in building your baby’s brain, get your questions answered, and find some fun “brain-building” activities to share with your little one through this ‘ZERO TO THREE’ website page
Video Source – Harvard Centre for the Developing Child
Tips for Families: Coronavirus
These resources from Zero-to-Three offer tips for families including age-appropriate responses to common questions, a guide to self-care, and activities for young children experiencing social distancing.