Where you can find important COVID19 related links and resources and office updates
LINKS AND RESOURCES
INFORMATION ON THE VIRUS
BEING AT HOME / TALKING WITH KIDS / MENTAL HEALTH
Helping Kids Cope With Coronavirus - a thank you gift from us!
In no particular order here are some things we think might be fun or that we have tried and are fun to do while stuck at home...
Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation designed specially for kids aged 3+, used in schools and homes all over the world.
Check out these virtual train rounds from around the world!
A dad doing fun things with his 2 kids that you can do at home too
Great short podcasts to introduce classical composers to kids. Fun to pair with some Looney Tunes
Lots of cool things on Google Arts and Culture including seeing how Picasso and Mili made art with light. Then try it at home!
Quick and fun little activity with beautiful results
Fun craft projects
From the Fabric Workshop and Museum some fun little art projects
Go for a drive and pick a musician or band to work through. Dr. Gall started with The Beatles.
From the Guggenheim, Jeff sketches stories and prompts folks to make sketches of their own.
The author of "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus" and "Piggie and Gerald" books teaches kids how to doodle, including many of his most famous characters.
Looking for ways to be involved in efforts to help your community? Here are some ways we have found.
This website is a great place to find ways to teach kids compassion and empathy, providing ways to engage them in giving activities. In addition, it does provides links to local places to volunteer.
This article lists a bunch of local restaurants that are taking donations to provide meals for hospital workers.
An all volunteer community effort to help link individuals in need to with individuals who can help. Their document also has a ton of other useful COVID information and more links for places to volunteer. If you want to sign up immediately for a need or to help click here to fill out their form.
BELMONT COVID-19 NEED FUNDS
Donate to our local Covid19 Needs Fund; all funds go directly towards COVID-19 relief efforts and to people in need. For tax deductible donations, make checks payable to “Winn Brook School PTA” and mail to: Amy Kirsch, 8 Jason Road, Belmont, MA 02478; write Belmont in memo line. To make a donation online (online donations are not tax deductible), go here.
Food for Free has been rescuing food that would otherwise have been wasted and getting it to those in need in Cambridge since 1981. They have a number of volunteer opportunities.
"Boston Cares is partnering with The Greater Boston Food Bank to provide centralized volunteer recruitment and coordination to meet the emerging needs of our network of partner hunger-relief agencies, including food pantries, community meal programs and other food assistance providers throughout the nine counties and 190 towns and cities across Eastern Massachusetts."
Free deliveries and friendly check-ins for those at-risk for COVID-19. Get what you need safely, from a volunteer neighbor. Here is the volunteer page.
An organization serving the seniors in many of our local towns get access to food and other services. Here is their volunteer page. They need donations as well.
If you would like to be a volunteer responder during a Massachusetts health-related emergency or event then check this site out and register.
This website and associated app you can download connects young people to age appropriate volunteer activities.
Posted March 23, 2020
So much has changed in such a short period of time.
We understand the stress that families are under at this time – concerns about health, concerns about loved ones near and far, concerns about school and livelihoods and finances. It is an incredibly challenging time.
In this rapidly shifting landscape, we are working very hard to provide ongoing care for you. We continue to see “essential well visits” in the morning including newborn weight checks and infant vaccine visits. We also continue to see a select group of urgent patients in the afternoon.
Most of our care, however, is transitioning to virtual visits. We are performing many urgent visits, behavioral health visits, medication follow ups, nutrition consults, and even well visits – all by video. As clinicians, we find great relief in connecting with you and providing ongoing care in this unusual way. These virtual visits require patients to be signed up with MyChart. Please call the office if you need help signing into MyChart and see our virtual visit page for more information.
We are also speaking with many of you over the telephone. Our call volume is very high and we appreciate your ongoing patience in reaching us. We ask that you do call us, however, if you are concerned about your child. As always, our goal is to provide the best possible care and do our best to keep you out of the emergency room or urgent care center. This is particularly important at this stage of the pandemic. Please, if you are worried about your child, call us. The front office staff is available to take calls Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM. At all other times our answering service will forward your message to the on-call provider. See our Hours / Access page for more details.
As we all know, social distancing is essential in order to stop the spread of the coronavirus. We strongly urge all of our families and patients to avoid playgrounds and playdates - at every age. For more information about social distancing, please see this link To Beat COVID-19, Social Distancing is a Must
We are all inundated with news, information and suggestions about how to live and work while staying at home. Here is a link from the American Academy of Pediatrics with some suggestions: Working and Learning from Home During the COVID-19 Outbreak
Please, reach out to us if you need anything. More than anything this is a time to stay connected to each other.