Resources for Group Leaders Working Remotely

Many IY Group Leaders have reached out to us asking how to support their families during the COVID-19 crisis. We are grateful for your efforts and commitment to these families.

We have created a new handout and refrigerator notes for group leaders to share with parents about how to talk with their children about the COVID-19 virus and how to begin to create some home structure now that schools are closed.

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Spanish Keeping Calm And Providing Supportive Parenting During The Coronavirus
Refrigerator Notes For Parents - Tips For Coping With Social Distancing
Refrigerator Notes for Parents - Tips To Help Children Cope With Social Distancing
Tips To Help Children Cope With Social Distancing - Spanish

We have tips and activities for grandparents and other special friends and family members to reach out to children remotely.

Tips For Grandparents Reaching Out To Children Remotely
Tips for Grandparents - Spanish

We have developed two documents that you can send to parents for their children via email – or better yet, have Dina Dinosaur read the letter to them in a video, on the phone, or via video call. The first document is a letter is from Dina Dinosaur to the children about how she misses them, what she is doing, and how she is helping others stay healthy by washing her hands and using the phone to stay in touch with grandparents and other family members. The second document is some of Dina’s incredible activities, related to things the children have learned in Dinosaur School and can do at home alone or with adults.

Letter From Dina To Kids During Covid-19
Letter from Dina To Kids During Covid-19 - Spanish
Activities For Young Kids During Covid-19
Activities for Young Kids During Covid-19 - Spanish
+Resources and Videos for Teachers Working Remotely with Preschoolers
Sample Dinosaur Call Format for Dinosaur School Teachers
This document gives teachers and therapists who deliver the Dinosaur curriculum to children in the classroom or in small groups a suggested template or format for delivering remote on-line calls.

Video Messages to Preschoolers from Teachers & Puppets

In these 6 video clips with the Incredible Years puppets, Carolyn Webster-Stratton, the developer of the Incredible Years programs, talks to the child puppets about their feelings. She encourages the child puppets to share their feelings in response to the Covid-19 virus and helps them remember times when they have felt nervous, or lonely, or afraid in the past and how they have learned to cope with those uncomfortable feelings in order to feel safe, less bored, patient, fair, less lonely, brave and supported.

Teachers can share these video clips with other children in an interactive way. Teachers or child therapists can pause the video clip when the puppet is talking about a particular uncomfortable feeling such as boredom or nervousness or unfairness or loneliness or feeling unsafe to talk about the children’s own feelings at this time. When the child puppet shares ways to cope with these feelings the teacher can encourage their students to share their solutions for ways they can think and behave in order to feel better.

Teachers and parents may also watch these vignettes to learn ways they can use puppets themselves with their children or students to address their specific feelings. Since children ages 4-8 years are cognitively in what Piaget calls the pre-operational stage of cognitive brain development, the use of pretend and imaginative play can be a powerful way of helping children to talk about their feelings and for learning ways to not only manage any uncomfortable feelings but also ways to manage their behavior responses in healthy ways. We hope to encourage children to write about or draw pictures about their solutions and share them with others.

Hot Tip: With puppets you can open the door to helping children talk about their feelings or to write stories about or draw pictures about their experiences. It is important not to pressure these discussions and to focus when possible on positive feelings such as being brave, confident, strong, healthy, helpful, caring, happy, curious, creative, patient and loving.

Sample Scripts for Using Puppets to Talk with Children about Feelings

Molly Talks About Feeling Safe

Luciana Talks About Feeling Nervous

Felicity Talks About Feeling Lonely

Wally Talks About Feeling Bored

Freddy Talks About Feeling Impatient

Antonio Talks About Feeling It’s Not Fair

In this video Jamila Reid, Ph.D., talks to Wally Problem-Solver about his sad feelings of missing his friends and school and how he is helping others not get sick by staying at home. Then Wally thinks about solutions to this problem and what he can do at home to feel better. This video clip can be used to help children think of activities they can do at home or how they can connect with others.


In this video Wally Problem-Solver helps Tiny Turtle talk about the importance of sharing his feelings

Dina Dinosaur Talks About the Dinosaur Rules for Survival
Dina shares 5 dinosaur rules for survival: exercise mind and body; listen, think and solve problems; have courage; be friendly; and believe in yourself.


Dina Reviews the Dinosaur Survival Rules with Wally Problem-Solver
In this clip, Dina Dinosaur talks about her experiences with viruses and reassures the children they will be outside playing with friends before too long and reassures them that the virus is not their fault or anyone else’s fault and that their parents will be keeping them safe.

Then Dina says she has a game for Wally to see if he is following the Dinosaur rules for staying healthy and safe. Dina asks Wally questions about exercising his brain and body, eating healthy food, doing homework, helping others, washing hands and about staying calm using his happy place and breathing techniques. Dina encourages Wally to write thank you letters to the first responders for all they are doing to keep everyone safe.

This is a good video clip to use with children. Pause video for kids to answer the questions, collect points and share ideas and set up practices.


Dinosaur School Feelings Lesson
Incredible Teacher Carley Maloney has shared a Dinosaur School feelings lesson delivered online to kindergarten students in Colorado. She starts with her usual Dinosaur School opening song and then continues with a feelings lesson regarding the emotions of sad and tense. She discusses Molly who had been sad and asks the students for suggestions for what to do. The students sent their ideas which helped Molly and Wally feel better. Then Dina Dinosaur arrives remotely from her house and shares what she learned from the children, showing pictures she received from them of what they were doing to feel happy. Carley uses the Dinosaur Feeling cue cards and talks about different feelings such feeling bored and frustrated as well as happy and excited. Dina Dinosaur asks the students to send texts or pictures to her and ends by giving them a hug. We hope this will give teachers ideas for what they can do to bring Dinosaur School to their students. Awesome work Carley!

Wally Talks About Feeling Lonely
Incredible Classroom Dinosaur leader Claudia has shared these videos she’s made for her students in Guilford, NC.  In the first clip, she talks about feeling lonely, and Wally problem-solving what to do. In the second clip, she talks with Tiny Turtle about calming down.  Thank you Claudia!

Tiny Talks About Calming Down

Timmy Turtle Talks About Feeling Sad & Frustrated
Incredible group leader Karen Bell from Dorset, England, has shared this message to her students who might be feeling sad & frustrated, and missing their friends right now. Thank you Karen!

Another example comes from IY Small Group Dina leader Julie Ní Brosnacháin and her friend Wally! In this video, Wally talks about the coronavirus and his feelings. Great work Julie!
Click here to watch Julie’s video.

Implementing Video Tele-Sessions the Incredible Years Way 

We are excited to hear about agencies that are working with families remotely – either to check in with individual sessions or to continue their on-going groups with video tele-sessions. We know that this is a big transition. We have developed a webinar/in-service to help support agencies that are providing IY in a video tele-session format (either individually or in groups). This webinar/in-service with IY program developer Dr. Carolyn Webster-Stratton covers the content that should be covered, how to use the IY methods in a video tele-session, and also allows time for questions, discussion, and practice of these skills with the webinar participants.  Please email Jamila Reid at jamilar@incredibleyears.com for information about webinar pricing and scheduling.

We recommend setting up regular calls with each household, including partners and grandparents when possible. Please download our tips below for helpful ideas for connecting with families through technology.

Promoting Incredible Years (IY) Connections during Times of Social Distancing
Supporting Children Remotely with Incredible Years
Telecommunicaton Tips for Reaching Out to Families with Incredible Years Parent Programs

We have put together smaller packets of our parent program handouts that can be e-mailed to parents:

Please see our Articles and Handouts for Parents web page for more parent handouts.

Evaluations For Group Leaders Offering Parent Programs Remotely

Weekly Parent Evaluation Tele Format
Weekly Parent Evaluation Tele Format - Spanish
Final Parent Satisfaction Tele-plus Form
Parent Group Leader Checklist and Remote Video Review Form
This rating scale was designed to be used by group leaders and IY Mentors and Trainers when reviewing group leader videos via live Zoom consultation calls. This form can also be used by authorized IY Mentors and Trainers when reviewing group leader videos for accreditation live via Zoom.

Information For Group Leaders Pursuing Certification/Accreditation

Group leaders have asked if remote IY parent video tele-sessions (individual or group) can count towards accreditation/certification in the IY programs that they are delivering. Here is information on certification/accreditation when IY is delivered remotely.

Remote Session Accreditation Information