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Resources: Parents

Comprehensive Websites
Academic Skill Building Websites for Kids
Anxiety Disorders
Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD)
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Bipolar Disorder
Bullying Prevention
Conduct Disorders & Oppositional Defiant Disorder
Coping With Trauma & Loss/Fostering Resiliency
Depression
Developmental Milestones
Early Childhood/Early Intervention
Learning Disabilities
Reading
Response to Intervention (RTI)
State Resources
Study Skills



Comprehensive Websites

National Association of School Psychologists - Family Resources

American Psychological Association - Psychology Topics

The Council for Exceptional Children

US Department of Education

Illinois State Board of Education

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Academic Skill Building Websites for Kids
(see the student resource section for a more comprehensive list)

Building Language for Literacy
This learning activity helps emerging readers identify letters sounds and words using interactive multimedia. Three animal characters ask students to drag and drop images.

FisherPrice - Online Games and Activities
Online Learning Games from Fisher-Price. For Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers.

Interactive First Grade Skill Building Sites
First Grade Skill Builders - Interactive Sites

Interactive Kindergarten Games
Interactive Kindergarten Games

Interactive Second Grade Skill Building Sites
Second Grade Skill Builders - Interactive Sites

Interactive Third Grade Skill Building Sites
Third Grade Skill Builders - Interactive Sites

Interactive Websites for Primary Grades
Interactive Websites for the Primary Grades

KinderWeb
Free Children's Games

Learning English
Aqui Encontraras la forma correcta de escribir y pronunciar muchas palabras en ingles.

Literacy Center (Spanish or English)

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Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety in Children
Includes information on the different types of anxiety disorders found in children, school refusal, test anxiety, treatment, and tips for parents.

Parent Handout from NASP on Anxiety Disorders in Children

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Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD)

Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)

Helping Students With ADHD in the Classroom
From NASP.

National Resource Center on ADHD

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Autism Spectrum Disorders
(including Asperger's Disorder and Pervasive Developmental Disorder)

Autism Program of Illinois
The Autism Program of Illinois is the largest statewide network of services in the nation for individuals diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families.  Visit often to learn how state budget cuts may affect The Autism Program of Illinois.

First Signs
First Signs is dedicated to educating parents and professionals about autism and related disorders.

Autism Research at the NICHD
From the National Institute of Child Health & Human Development.

Autism Spectrum Disorders: Primer for Parents and Educators
A NASP handout.

Autism-Help.org
This site provides help with over 350 fact sheets of autism-related information with an emphasis on practical strategies.

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Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder in Children & Teens
Provides a guide through symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment from the National Institute of Mental Health.

Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation

NASP Handout on Early-Onset Bipolar Disorder

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Bullying Prevention

Article in LA times on Cyberbullying:
Part 1
Part 2
 

Cyberbullying
What it is, common characteristics, and prevention.

Cyberbullying Prevention: Keeping Children Safe on the Internet
A NASP handout.

Stop Bullying Now!

SAMHSA Bullying Information/Resource Site

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Conduct Disorders & Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Conduct Disorder
Information on Conduct Disorder from the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

Oppositional Defiant Disorder
Information on Oppositional Defiant Disorder from Physician's Desk Reference.

Oppositional Defiant Disorder
Information on Oppositional Defiant Disorder from the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.

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Coping With Trauma & Loss/Fostering Resiliency

The following are handouts from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP):

Children's Reaction to Trauma: Suggestions for Parents
Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents & Teachers
Managing Strong Emotional Reactions to Traumatic Events: Tips for Parents & Teachers
Helping Children Cope with Death, Loss, & Grief
Coping with Crisis: Tips for Parents & Teachers
Coping with Crisis: Helping Children with Special Needs
Identifying Seriously Traumatized Children: Tips for Parents & Educators
Global Disasters: Helping Children Cope
Helping Children After a Natural Disaster: Tips for Parents & Teachers
Children and Fear of War and Terrorism: Tips for Parents & Teachers
Coping in Unsettling Times: Tips for Students
Helping Children Cope in Unsettling Times: Tips for Parents & Teachers
Parents Called to Active Duty: Helping Children Cope

Preventing Youth Suicide: Tips for Parents & Educators
Save a Friend: Tips for Teens to Prevent Suicide
Preventing Suicide in Troubled Children & Youth (Part 1): Tips for Parents & Schools

New Schools for Children with Disabilities: Tips for Families Who Have Been Relocated

Promoting Tolerance & Peace in Children
The Seven Ingredients of Resilience: Information for Parents

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Depression

Information on Childhood and Adolescent Depression
From the National Institute of Mental Health.

Depression and Disability in Children and Adolescents
From the Council for Exceptional Children.

Depression in Children
A NASP handout.

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Developmental Milestones

University of Maryland Medical Center
Provides information on typical developmental milestones.

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Provides information on typical speech/language development.

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Early Childhood/Early Intervention

Illinois Association for Infant Mental Health

Illinois Early Intervention

Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse

State-funded library and information services for early childhood.

Zero to Three
Resources for parents and teachers on infant and toddler development.

Illinois Early Learning Standards


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Learning Disabilities

LD Online
Information on Learning Disabilities and AD/HD.

National Center on Learning Disabilities


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Reading

National Institute for Literacy
Publications for parents.

Reading Rockets
A national multimedia project offering information and resources on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help.

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Response to Intervention (RTI)

Response to Intervention (RTI):  A Primer for Parents
This document is from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).

A Parent's Guide to Response to Intervention

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State Resources

Illinois Association for Infant Mental Health

Illinois Department of Human Services

Illinois Early Intervention

Illinois Early Learning Standards

Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse
State-funded library and information services for early childhood.

Illinois State Board of Education

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Study Skills

Study Skills Strategies
From Virginia Tech University.

Study Skills Guide for Students
Developing effective study skills, improving reading comprehension, discovering your own personal study style, learning to manage your time more efficiently, and learning the best way to prepare for exams are just a few of the topics covered. Designed to not only improve your performance in school but also your ability to learn.

Time Management Tips for Students
Manage your work, don't let it manage you!

Organization Tips for Students
Help your child with ADHD or learning disabilities develop school organization skills that will bring success - and end clutter.

After-School Organization Plan
Teach your child these after-school organization tips to help him learn to schedule and prioritize his daily homework assignments.

Clutter-Free Backpacks and Bedrooms
Work with your child to develop a school organization system for keeping homework papers and school supplies in their proper place.

School Organization: A Clean Locker
Help your child with school organization skills that will help him maintain a well-organized school locker.

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