Resources for BCDD Clients during COVID-19

Baylor Center for Developmental Disabilities (BCDD) is not able to see clients in person due to restrictions for the prevention of COVID-19 during this time. We are communicating with our parents and caregivers through email and telehealth consultations. If you are a BCDD client, you can reach us by email at bcdd@baylor.edu or by phone at (254) 537-1042. We have free supplies available to families in need and are happy to help in any way we can to best support your family during this challenging time. 

Here are some helpful links for families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and families in general.

Online Resources for Autism Spectrum Resources:

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has created a tool kit for supporting children with Autism Spectrum Disorder during the COVID-19 pandemic. The kit provides a range of resources including:

  • Social narratives explaining COVID-19
  • Calming and coping strategies to help manage increased anxiety
  • Visual supports to explain social distancing and handwashing procedures
  • Choice boards to support expressive communication
  • Visual cues to encourage exercise, social connectedness via technology, and smooth transitions

LINK: https://afirm.fpg.unc.edu/supporting-individuals-autism-through-uncertain-times


The Autism Speaks website includes multiple resources in different languages for families during the OCVID-19 outbreak. Applicable strategies and activities are provided for parents to use at home while schools are closed, and your child’s normal routine is disrupted. Professionals offer tips on creating and implementing a new daily routine.

LINK: https://www.autismspeaks.org/covid-19-information-and-resources

LINK: https://www.autismspeaks.org/news/how-cope-disrupted-family-routines-during-covid-19


General Coronavirus Information:

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network created a detailed document explaining information about the Coronavirus and how to prepare and respond to the outbreak. This document also explains typical reactions children may have and how parents can respond based on the child’s age.

LINK: https://www.nctsn.org/sites/default/files/resources/fact-sheet/outbreak_factsheet_1.pdf


Resources in Waco:

The City of Waco regularly updates their website with the most current COVID-19 information pertaining to McLennan County.

LINK: https://covidwaco.com/


Act Locally has created a vast list of useful websites for those living in the Waco area. This list includes mental health resources, activities for kids, financial resources, and a list of virtual events.

LINK: https://www.actlocallywaco.org/cvresources/


Waco-McLennan County Libraries

LINK: https://www.waco-texas.com/cms-library/

Library Curbside Pick-up instructions:
1. Go online & place your hold. Choose your pickup location.
2. You’ll get a text or email when your hold is ready. Call your pickup location.

Central: 254-750-5943  
East Waco: 254-750-8620
South Waco: 254-750-8621
West Waco: 254-750-3695

3. Bring your library card to your pickup location between 10 AM & 5:30 PM.
4. Call the library when you get there.
5. Stay in your car and your items will be brought to you!

E-Books

Step 1: Visit your app store to download the cloudLibrary app to your device OR visit the eBooks page on our website to read/listen on your computer.

Step 2: Log in with your library ID and PIN. Now you can browse, borrow and read eBooks and eAudiobooks. Once you find a book you like, click on Borrow.


Starry Counseling is a counseling center that is providing phone/video counseling. Starry counseling services are at no cost to families with children under the age of 17.

LINK: http://www.starry.org/