Returning to School
Coronavirus is impacting everyone’s lives, including people with autism and their families. This website offers a wealth of resources and support for families living with autism.
Credit: The National Autistic Society
Axel Scheffler (illustrator of The Gruffalo) has illustrated a digital book for primary school age children about the Coronavirus and the measures taken to control it.
Credit: Nosy Crow
These short guides offer advice and support for keeping well, and for people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
Credit: South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
In this brief animation, Dr Russ Harris, author of The Happiness Trap, illustrates how to use a therapeutic approach called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy(ACT) to help manage the fear, anxiety and worry around Coronavirus.
Credit: Dr Russ Harris
CAYP Psychology is keeping up to date with any new developments regarding Coronavirus and updates will be provided here.
On 5th January 2021, England entered another nationwide lockdown. The strict restrictions have been put back in place to protect the NHS and to save lives. The government's guidelines have been developed with a much greater understanding of the impact of lockdowns, and there are now clear guidelines that healthcare appointments are permitted. This means that our face-to-face appointments at our head office and clinic in Whitefield (North Manchester), in Gatley and in Sale, are going ahead, subject to availability, and you are permitted to travel to our appointments.
If you do wish for a face-to-face appointment, we kindly ask that:
The Coronavirus restrictions in Gatley and Sale may be slightly different, as these facilities are operated by other services. To ensure that you are up to date with the Covid-secure requirements, please do speak with your psychologist.
Our appointments are all available online, with the exception of our specialist cognitive assessments and ASD assessments. We ask that you consider opting for an online appointment via Zoom video conferencing.
If you wish for your appointment to take place via video conferencing, all you need is a mobile, tablet or desktop device, and your psychologist will send you a link and password shortly before your appointment.
For the most up to date guidance, please visit the government's website:
If you need to cancel your appointment due to the Coronavirus, cancellation fees do not apply and your appointment can be re-booked.
If you have any questions, please do be in touch with us: email@example.com
Guidance for Parents of children in Shielding Families
Talking to children about Coronavirus
The death of a loved one is one of the most difficult emotional experiences that we have in life. It can be even more challenging during these uncertain times. This guide on bereavement provides thoughtful support and advice during what can seem like an overwhelming time.
This helpful resource pack offers parents some guidance to help young people understand their anxiety and worry around Coronavirus
Credit: NHS Grampian CAMHS Early Intervention Team
Following a global survey (completed in Arabic, English, Italian, French and Spanish) to assess children’s mental health and psychosocial needs during the COVID-19 outbreak, this book was created. It's a wonderful, inspiring and uplifing book for children about the outbreak
Credit: Inter-Agency Standing Committee Reference Group on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings
A really friendly worksheet to help parents explain the virus to young children in a way that can help reduce fear and worry
Credit: Mind Heart
This pandemic can be an opportunity for Children, Young People and Adolescents to create a memory of everything that was going on. This time capsule can help to document this challenging time.
Credit: Long Creations
This is a lovely, empowering and visual story, developed to help children all over the world to understand the pandemic and the important role they can play.
Credit: Sophie Marsh
This information sheet from provides comprehensive guidance about how to support young people who are worried about Coronavirus
Credit: Emerging Minds
Guidance for Parents
This is specific for Greater Manchester but outlines all the different circumstances and scenarios that children may face regarding absence from school.
Credit: Greater Manchester Authority
This is a detailed guide about understanding and making sense of worry in the context of Coronavirus.
Credit: Psychology Tools
Parenting involves many skills, and these have been put to the test during this pandemic. UNICEF have produced easy-to-read and relatable guidance and advice for parents of children, covering multiple topics including: One on one time, managing bad behaviour, online safety, overcoming stress and budgeting.
These helpful resource packs were designed to help young people understand their anxiety and worry around Coronavirus
Credit: NHS Grampian CAMHS Early Intervention Team
Guidance for Parents who are Keyworkers