Profectum Covid-19 Resource Center

Please note that resources are being added to this page frequently. We are in the midst of organizing this this page so that content is easier to find. The new format should be ready shortly.

Teletherapy Support Groups for Professionals

We have been deeply moved by hearing from so many of you over the last few very trying weeks and understand that now more than ever our relationships and strong connections are so critical to our health and wellbeing. Over the next few weeks, Profectum will offer a range of support services for parents and professionals. This week we are starting by providing free Teletherapy Support Sessions. These are 1-hour sessions facilitated by Profectum Faculty to provide an open forum for professionals to ask questions, share resources and strategies, support each other, and more.

Check the links below to see dates and times available and sign up for ZOOM links to join.

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[ EVENT CALENDAR FOR ALL DATES, TIMES AND LINKS ]


FREE Special Topic Conversation Hours

Monday, June 1st | 4-5:00 pm EDT

Supporting Early Communication Skills using Telepractice and the Profectum Parent ToolBox
Sherri Cawn, MA, CCC-SLP
The path to communication is dependent on the relationship between the child & caregiver as well as their unique learning profiles. This webinar, with the help of the PPT, will explore supporting early communication skills using Telepractice.

[ SOLD OUT ]


Foundational Capacities for Development (FCD)
Parent Guidance Sessions

Tuesdays Starting June 9th
Thursdays Starting June 11th
12 am – 1:15 pm EST

Join Monica G. Osgood and Anie Knipping for guidance and strategies on how to build feelings of  COMFORT, COMPETENCE, CONFIDENCE, CONTROL, AND COMMUNICATION with your child or adult with special needs in the home!

This five-week series is designed to guide parents in using the FCD framework to rethink how we balance our time and priorities with people on the Autism Spectrum and with other challenges in relating and communicating.

Each week will target focus on one of the “5 C’s” and how prioritizing these feelings in ourselves and our loved ones can reduce stress while fostering healthy development!

Online sessions will combine lectures, video demonstrations, suggested activities/strategies, and moderated Q&A.

[ REGISTER HERE ]


Professional Closed Facebook Group

More than ever, we need relationships that co-regulate, organize, and support us, personally and professionally. We would like to invite you to join our private, closed Profectum Academy Facebook Group to engage in further reflection on the rich cases presented at the conference, but also to share attention, engage, communicate, problem-solve, and reflect with other professionals about the unique challenges of the present moment.

Here’s how to join:

  • Open Facebook page
  • Search “Profectum Academy”
  • Send request for membership
  • Answer questions pertaining to basic DIR-FCD knowledge
  • Join Group – please read and abide by group rules AND enjoy this online connection!

Profectum Families Closed Facebook Group

Profectum Families Closed Facebook Group provides a platform for families who are learning the DIR-FCD model and practicing relationship-based caregiving to connect, share ideas, and support each other.

Here is how to join:

  • Open Facebook page
  • Search for  “Profectum Families”
  • Click “+ Join this group”
  • Answer questions to request for membership
  • Join Group – please read and abide by group rules AND enjoy this online connection!

Profectum Parent Toolbox

The goal of the Profectum Parent Toolbox (Free Resource) is to encourage and empower you to build a strong relationship with your child while fostering his or her development.  The PPT will guide you in your discovery of your child’s unique sensory and motor differences that are the foundation of how he or she experiences the world and ultimately interacts with you. With a new understanding of your child’s individual strengths and challenges the PPT will help you match Profectum Toolbox Strategies to your child’s needs to support his or her engaging, playing and interacting, thinking and communicating with you. Your Profectum Parent Toolbox™ authors have been working together collaboratively for 20+ years and this program is a culmination of their experiences with families they would like to share with you!

Click here to register:  https://profectum.org/ppt/

Profectum Parent Toolbox Book Club Supported Sessions [ coming soon ]


Enroll in Upcoming Programs

DIR-FCD Standardized Introductory Course for parents and professionals. “Growing Development Through Relationships: An Introduction to the Developmental, Individual Difference, Relationship-based Model” [ Learn More ]

DIR-FCD Certificate Courses [ Learn More ]

Master Classes [ Coming Soon ]


Additional Resources

From Dr. Serena Wieder

“Reflection and Resources to Help Your Children and Yourselves” [ LINK ]


From Rebecca Berg

“You are already everything your child needs.” Rebecca Berg, MA, OTR/L  [ LINK ]


From Cortney Grove

“Use Gentle Words: Speaking with loved ones in a crisis.” Cortney Grove, MA, CCC-SLP  [ LINK ]


From Dr. Josh Feder

“Coronavirus and Mental Health” : Podcast
“Telemedicine: What It Is” : One Page Summary 
“Making the Most of Online Therapy” : Video with Cartoon Drawings and a Puppy …


From Dr. Mona Delahooke

“Easing the Emotional Toll of the Coronavirus Pandemic” [ LINK ]
“Home Together: How to Use this Unique Opportunity to Strengthen Children’s Resilience” [ LINK ]


From Celebrate the Children School

Celebrate the Children school teamed up with Brady Rymer and the Little Band that Could to offer a free VIRTUAL concert in celebration of World Autism Awareness Day!

Posted by Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could on Thursday, April 2, 2020


From Dr. Rick Solomon

“A Guide for Families who have a Child with ASD during the Coronavirus Pandemic” [ LINK ]


From Dr. Barbara Kalmanson

“Crisis and Opportunity: How to serve parents and children through tele-health during COVID-19” [ LINK ]


From James Bigsby, a Somerset County New Jersey School Superintendent

Virtual “at home activities” that parents can do with their children over spring break.  [ LINK ]


Free Webinar from the STAR Institute: “Playing with Plants: How to Engage Your Child in Sensory Play with Natural Materials” – Presenter – Jenny Peet, OTR/L, Siskin Children’s Institute, TN [ LINK ]


From The Community Technical Assistance Center of New York

CTAC COVID-19 Resources Page [ LINK ]

Holding Virtual Appointments: Setting Up Your Technology [ LINK ]

Tips for Interacting with Clients During Virtual Appointments [ LINK ]

Thursday, April 9th at 2-3 pm – Conversations with Dr. Tony | Coping with the COVID-19 Pandemic: Understanding and Applying the Principles and Practices of Resilience to Meet the Challenge with Dr. Anthony Salerno, PhD & Dr. George Bonanno, PhD [ REGISTRATION LINK ]


From the American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds)

ACPeds COVID-19 Patient Handout. A printable handout containing information about the coronavirus for you to download. [ LINK ]


Weill Cornell Medicine fellow of pulmonology, Dr. David Price provides practical tips for COVID-19 pandemic. [ LINK ]


From Autism Speaks

  • The Autism Response Team remains a resource for all families in our community, and we encourage you to reach out if you are in need of assistance. We are available to answer calls, emails and online chat. As specific inquiries come in, we are listening and learning in real time to make information and content available. We are also implementing measures for ongoing follow-up to ensure the community feels supported throughout this time.
  • We have created a centralized hub for resources for families and individuals on the spectrum: COVID-19 Information and Resources. This page is updated regularly as new content is developed, including with video resources to guide individuals and families.
  • Connect with us on social media: for tips, tools, resources and inspiration. You will find daily posts that include news, information and people in the autism community sharing their stories. Connect with us on FacebookInstagram and LinkedIn.
  • We offer financial support. We are offering Autism Speaks Cares Grants to people with autism and their families/caregivers who are in need of financial help with groceries, childcare/respite, medication or therapy as a result of COVID-19. Contact the Autism Response Team for more information.
  • We continue to develop new resources that will be freely available. We’re doing this by engaging with national and international partners for learnings and best practices; convening experts across the public health sector; and activating our field and outreach teams to engage families directly.

Free course may be of interest to you if you are or will use Telehealth with your families. [ LINK ]

Use the code, TELEFREE at sign out after you complete the registration form when you get to the payment section.


For more Profectum Resources visit our Resource Page.