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St. Jude Child and Family Experts Release Tools to Help Kids Better Understand the Novel Coronavirus | NEWS-Line for Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists

St. Jude Child and Family Experts Release Tools to Help Kids Better Understand the Novel Coronavirus


Developmentally-Appropriate, Multilingual COVID-19 Related Resources Range from Downloadable Coloring Books to Activity Books and Other Tools

Using their years of expertise helping families and children discuss difficult illnesses and diagnoses, psychologists and child life specialists at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital have developed a suite of tools available in multiple languages (currently in English, Spanish, French and Arabic) for utilization by parents and caregivers to help children better understand the current COVID-19 pandemic.

“During challenging times, it’s natural to want to protect our children from anything unpleasant, but kids are incredibly observant,” said Dr. Valerie Crabtree, Chief of Psychosocial Services at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “Even if it looks like they are not paying attention, they watch their parents and other family members and adults to figure out what is going on. The COVID-19 tools we have developed are resources for every family, regardless if they are St. Jude families or not. We saw a need in our community and wanted to do our part to help parents and families have the tools they need at this difficult time to have honest, developmentally-appropriate conversations with each other about what our country and world are experiencing.”

The suite of coronavirus-related tools include the Learn About the Coronavirus Coloring Book developed for children ages 5-9 (currently being translated into nine additional languages), as well as the Learn About the Coronavirus Activity Book geared more toward “tweens” ages 10-13 more or less. Additionally, the St. Jude Together website has an entire set of resources for parents including information developed by the St. Jude experts on “how to talk to your children about coronavirus and COVID-19” to tips and frequently asked questions children may ask about the virus.

Visit here to view all of the St. Jude coronavirus resources, which are free and easily downloadable for the general public to utilize during this global health pandemic:


The St. Jude psychosocial team has long developed illustrated brochures, activity books and comic book-like resources for patients and families to better understand and talk about difficult diagnoses, such as pediatric cancer.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and cures childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. St. Jude is ranked the No. 1 pediatric cancer hospital by U.S. News & World Report. Treatments developed at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to 80 percent since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude freely shares the breakthroughs it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing and food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.

To learn more, visit stjude.org or follow St. Jude on social media at @stjuderesearch.

Source: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

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