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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:

Electronic Addiction and Distance Learning

Jay Berk, PhD, Jay Berk, PhD and Associates

Cate Brandon, PsyD, from Kenneth A. De Luca, PhD. & Associates, Inc.

Defiant and Difficult Behavior at Home

Jay Berk, PhD,
Jay Berk, PhD and Associates

Implementing ABA at Home

Ken Dix and Elyra Gonzalez,
Silver Lining Group

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)

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Ohio Department of Education



How to Communicate Concerns with Your Child's School from Connecting for Kids

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

Resources for Families with Children with Complex Needs

Families with children with complex needs or medically fragile conditions may benefit from the following resources:

Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD)



Ohio Family 2 Family


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University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD)



Window Signs from Gator Bait Gear

Financial Resources

Families who have had a change in financial status may benefit from the following resources:

Family Support Services

Families may be eligible for increased family support benefits through your county board of developmental disabilities. Contact your service and support administrator to re-apply.

Cuyahoga County

Lorain County

How to Find Funds for Therapy from Connecting for Kids

How to Apply for Grants for Children with Special Needs podcast from Connecting for Kids

How to Apply for Supplemental Security Income from Connecting for Kids

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

Call, text or email:

Phone: 1-440-570-5908
Español: 1-440-907-9130
Email: info@connectingforkids.org


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Westlake, Ohio 44145

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