At Home Resources for Families During COVID-19

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At Home Resources for Families During COVID-19

Activities to do at Home During Covid-19 Pandemic

Our Lighthouse team understands the challenges that parents and children face when their daily routines are disrupted. During this time of adjustment, we want to help our kiddos by providing some fun and educational activities.

Please see below for a list of resources you may utilize during the coming weeks. We have included fun virtual tours of museums and zoos, educational websites and games, easy and creative at-home activities, and some ways to get up and move! There is also a social story that can help explain COVID-19 to children.

COVID-19 Schedule

 Social Stories

CoronaVirus Social Story

Additional Visual Schedules, Social Narratives, and More

Libraries/Digital Collections:

St. Joseph County




Portage, MI 


Meijer Gardens – 10:00 am daily story time and live view of butterfly exhibit.

Sandiego Zoo – Games and activities to learn about animals.

Cincinnati Zoo – 3:00 pm Daily Home Safaris

Switch Zoo – Watch, listen, and play fun animal games!

National Geographic – videos, games and brain boosters!

National Geographic Kids Magazine

Virtual Tours:

Canadian Farm and Food Tours

Louvre Museum – Take a virtual tour!

Monterey Bay Aquarium – View animals on a live cam.

Reid Park Zoo – Live cam of animals at the zoo

Tour your favorite city, or, somewhere you’ve never been! 360 views of cities around the world.

Looking for more live web cam options, view another list of live web cam options offered by various organizations around the world, here!


Camp Discovery for Autism- a learning app made for those with autism.

PBS Kids – Educational games based on PBS Kids shows

Fun Brain – Pre-K to 8 years old – math, games and books.

Star Fall – Reading and Phonics Skill Activities

Dr. Seuss Books and Activities for all ages

Stories read by celebrities.

ABC – educational games from pre-k to grade 6.

Highlights Kids – activities, games and jokes!

NASA – Join NASA Kids Club

Weather Wiz Kids – fun weather experiments to do with kids!


OT Development Activities

Strength, Agility and Movement Exercises

Music and Movement

Music Lab – Explore and Create Music

STEM Activities

A special shout out to Hannah and her Girl Scout Troop who assisted in contributing the resources below!

Junior Handyman’s Toolkit: Classroom Projects, Essentials and Checklists 

Engineering Games and Projects 
STEM Activities

Other Activities:

Free Science Activities

Indoor Activities for your toddler!

Together, we can unlock your child’s potential

Staff Spotlight: Meet Ashley

Lighthouse Autism Center is starting a new initiative highlighting the amazing employees we have working at our centers. Our Staff Spotlight will feature employees across all different centers in a variety of positions. This is an opportunity for our community to get to know the people who work so hard every day to deliver the best aba therapy to the kids and families we serve.

Board Certified Behavior Analyst
Ashley, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in Warsaw, Indiana

Meet Ashley. Ashley is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a Program Manager at our Warsaw center. Ashley has worked at Lighthouse Autism Center for 5 years and began her Lighthouse journey as an RBT before being promoted to a Senior Therapist and eventually a Program Manager. She designs unique programs for each of the children she works with and works with therapists to implement these unique programs.

Tell us about why you applied for a position with Lighthouse.

“I joined the LAC team for their values and passion for working with the kiddos and providing services for children in need in the area.”

What is your favorite memory from your time at Lighthouse?

“One of my favorite memories is being a part of the Warsaw Center expansion. During this time, we doubled in staff size and caseload in a matter of 6 months. This was exciting to me because it meant that LAC was able to provide more and more services for children in the area. The atmosphere at Warsaw has always been positive and collaborative. Given the openness of the center, all staff are provided with the experience of a team. Therapist, senior therapist and management are continuously working together to provide the best therapy possible for all of the kiddos.”

How would you describe your Lighthouse experience?

“I would describe my Lighthouse experience as wonderful. Through my different positions and locations at Lighthouse I have always been greeted with smiles and encouragement in my job. Now as a manager, I make sure to continuously follow our LAC values of care about people, more than anything and give away credit. It is the positive, kind words that go a long way!”

Ashley grew up in Valparaiso with a large family. She is the youngest of four and has 15 nieces and nephews! In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two dogs, Wrigley and Duke!

Ready for a career where you can make a difference?

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