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We are living in an unprecedented time. Sweeping changes enacted to protect families' health have put us all in roles that we were unprepared to take on. We at CFK know that for families with a concern about their child already, this may be a particularly challenging time.

As with our other resource guides, we've taken the top four resources recommended by local experts in the field to help you get started. Additional resources will be added as they are collected.

Concerned that your child or a member of your family is sick with COVID-19?

All families are urged to follow guidance offered by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) (en español). In addition, the major hospitals in Northeast Ohio have published the following guidelines on how to access care.

Akron Children's Hospital | Cleveland Clinic | MetroHealth | University Hospitals/Rainbow

You're Not Alone.

In addition to the resources on this page, CFK offers opportunities to learn and connect with other families.

To Learn More:

To Connect:

Using Zoom:

Organizations Providing Trusted Health Resources

The following organizations have been identified as places to get trusted information on COVID-19:

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

(CDC.gov en Español)

Facebook | Twitter

Ohio Department of Health

1-833-4ASKODH (1-833-427-5634)

Facebook | Twitter

County Boards of Public Health

Cuyahoga County

Lorain County

World Health Organization (WHO)


Podcasts and Video Content to Support Families During Closures

The following podcasts have been created to support families during COVID-19 closures:

Top 10 Tips to Help Your Child Focus at Home

Christine Chambers, Abilities First, LLC

Disabilities & Distance Learning

Ivette Sarkar and Tammie Sebastian, The Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities

How to Stay Calm When The Kids Are Out of Control

Lisa Ruman, The Child and Family Counseling Center of Westlake

Recommended Websites & Downloads to Explain COVID-19 to Children

Families may benefit from the following websites and downloads for help in explaining COVID-19 to children:

Coronavirus video from BrainPop

Talking to Children about Coronavirus from ChildMind Institute

Coronavirus Social Story from The Autism Educator

What You Need to Know About Hand Washing video from the CDC

Special Education Resources

The following organizations and resources are available for questions about special education in Ohio during school closure:

Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities (OCECD)

View in Directory

Ohio Department of Education



Considerations for Students with Disabilities During Ohio's Ordered School Building Closure from Ohio Department of Education

Remote Learning Resource Guide from Ohio Department of Education

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