Story Hand: Soothe Children's Stress About COVID-19

Story Hand: Soothe Children’s Stress About COVID-19

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Story Hand: Soothe Children’s Stress About COVID-19

This Story Hand is an adapted I Love You Ritual designed to help adults comfort and connect with children who are feeling scared or anxious about COVID-19. Begin with a gentle hand massage accompanied by a personalized social story that helps a child deal with stress or anxiety. Move through your story and associate key points of the storyline with each finger. The story you tell should reflect a specific, personalized experience or concern for the child.

Use this adapted Story Hand ritual to comfort and connect with a child who is feeling scared or anxious about COVID-19.

Age

  • 1 and older

Helps with

  • Composure
  • Stress relief
  • Emotional regulation
  • Self-regulation
  • Anxiety
  • Worry
  • Fear
  • Sadness
  • Disappointment
  • Anger
  • Social stories
  • Social-emotional learning
  • Cooperation
  • Anger management

Use

  • A ritual for adults to soothe children’s stress and anxiety about COVID-19

Format

  • Instructions and single-sided color printout

Materials

  • Printed Story Hand

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