As May Speech and Hearing Month begins, I am excited to share this new resource: an international group of experts have worked together to write a children’s book to help families understand and cope with COVID-19. The book has been translated into 37 languages! You can download it for free.
My Hero is You follow’s Sara as she tries to help children around the world protect themselves and others. Ario, an orange dragon, caries her on her adventure. She meets other kids and they talk about what they can do to help: wash your hands with soap and water! wave instead of shaking hands! stay 2 meters apart! They also learn what to do if they feel scared or overwhelmed: take a deep breath or call someone who makes you feel safe. Ario reassures Sara that it is normal to miss people that we can’t see right now, and that sometimes it’s hard to be have to stay in your home.
It’s a great read for parents with young children, and older children can read it on their own. My eyes did water at the end “You are a hero to all those who love you.”
* Inter-Agency Standing Committee Reference Group on Mental Health and Psychocosocial Support in Emergency Settings and experts from 104 countries.