NPR published a one-page “comic” of sorts to help kids understand coronavirus and best practices to prevent infection.
Those of you who work with kids as part of Applied Behavior Analysis or related fields would recognize the comic as a visual support to aid the acquisition of daily living skills. It falls somewhere between a task analysis and a social story.
The comic is packed full of hand-illustrated graphics and begins with a few “Coronavirus Facts”. For example, “corona” means “crown” which is what the virus looks like under a microscope. Next, they cover basic symptoms, and how they can manifest in kids. For example, “if kids do get the virus, it tends to be very mild…mild means not very strong, like mild salsa.”
Next, they walk through basic preventative measures of wearing a mask, social distancing, washing your hands, and avoiding touching your face. One fun way they use for kids to understand social distancing is to imagine a Christmas tree between you and others.
Finally, the comic stresses the importance of talking to people if you have questions, and that lots of people are working to help you prevent infection.
For more information, and to download a free copy, please visit NPR.
Do you think this would be an effective tool for your learners?