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ADHD

ADHD PARENTING: BEHAVIOR & DISCIPLINE

This site helps parents understand how the brain of an ADD / ADHR operates differently and discusses why traditional forms of discipline may not work. The site provides a variety of discipline practices that may be more effective for youth with ADHD.

QUICK GUIDE TO ADHD

ADHD: what it is, the symptoms, how it is diagnosed, how it is treated, and risk for other disorders.

SUMMER SUCCESS KIT FOR KIDS WITH ADHD

Learn how to provide structure and support for kids with ADHD to thrive during summer break.

ADHD

AUTISM

A GUIDE TO SAFELY WORKING WITH AUTISTIC CHILDREN

Prevention and education safety guide for autistic children.

TEACH KIDS ABOUT AUTISM

“What’s Up with Nick?” is a colorful, kid-friendly booklet that tells the story of a new student, a boy with autism named Nick, through the eyes of a typical peer.

HELPING AUTISTIC KIDS TRANSITION INTO ADULTHOOD

Article on tips to help autistic children learn independent living skills to transition into adulthood.

THE AUTISM EXPERIENCE

Introduction to understanding autism symptoms, prevalance, and treatment.

TRANSITION TOOL KIT

The Transition Tool Kit covers self-advocacy skills, legal issues, housing, and employment options.

SENSORY-FRIENDLY PARTY IDEAS

Tips for throwing inclusive (and fun!) kids’ parties.

Autism

CONFLICT RESOLUTION

EVERYBODY GETS MAD: HELPING YOUR CHILD COPE WITH CONFLICT

Crisis guide for parents to discuss conflict resolution with their kids.

Conflict Resolution

DISASTER

Best Practices

DISASTER PREPAREDNESS & CHILDREN

Tools and resource guide for supporting children during a natural disaster or health emergency situation by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Disaster Best Practices

ISOLATION

POSITIVE PARENTING IN COVID-19 ISOLATION

Evidence-based resources for parents and caregivers to support their children's growth during Covid-19.

Isolation

MENTAL HEALTH

HOW TO TALK ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH WITH YOUR CHILD & THEIR PEDIATRICIAN

Guide to discussing concerns about your child's mental health with a pediatrician.

SUPPORTING YOUR CHILDS MENTAL HEALTH DURING COVID-19 SCHOOL RETURNS

A guide to how parents can help their children navigate their feelings during school reopenings.

HOW PARENTS CAN SUPPORT THEIR CHILD THROUGH COVID-19 LOSSES

A psychologist's advice on helping your children process loss & grief during the coronavirus pandemic.enings.

UNDERSTANDING DEPRESSION

Explains what depression is, how to recognize the differences between mild, moderate, and severe clinical depression, and when to seek help for depression.

WHAT IS NEURODIVERSITY?

There’s no “correct” way for the brain to work. Instead, there is a wide range of ways that people perceive and respond to the world, and these differences are to be embraced and encouraged.

SIGNS OF TRAUMA IN CHILDREN

Signs to watch for in children in the weeks and months after a traumatic event. This site also provides tips on how you can help your child deal with trauma.

DISRUPTIVE MOOD DYSREGULATION DISORDER: THE BASICS

This fact sheet provides information about disruptive mood dysregulation disorder, including a description of the condition, signs and symptoms, how it is diagnosed, treatment options, and tips for parents and caregivers.

CHILDREN & MENTAL HEALTH: IS THIS JUST A STAGE?

This fact sheet presents information on children’s mental health including assessing your child’s behavior, when to seek help, first steps for parents, treatment options, and factors to consider when choosing a mental health professional. It also provides guidance on how to work with your child’s school, a list of resources, and information about clinical trials.

SCHIZOPHRENIA

This brochure provides information about schizophrenia including symptoms, causes, treatment options, and how to find help for yourself or a loved one.

HOW TO SUPPORT SOMEONE WITH DEPRESSION

Learn how to support friends and family suffering from depression.

INFANT MENTAL HEALTH TOOLKIT

Do you ever wonder what goes on in your baby’s mind? Are you worried about being a good parent to your young child? During the early years of life, babies are forging their first relationships and developing emotionally, socially, and cognitively, which serve as the foundation for the rest of their lives. Through these pivotal years, how can you make sure your child grows to become the best version of herself? This toolkit addresses Infant Mental Health, an integral component of raising a healthy child, and provides resources and practical tips for you to better understand your child, foster a positive parent-child relationship, and exercise personal self-care.

GRIEF SUPPORT RESOURCES - Parents & Caregivers

Information, tips, and more resources for parents and caregivers who are supporting children and teens in their grief.

TUESDAY'S CHILDREN - Family Programs

Tuesday’s Children provides a lifetime of healing for families who have been forever changed by terrorism, military conflict or mass violence.

Menta Health

ONLINE SAFETY

KEEPING CHILDREN SAFE ONLINE

Tips from the US Department of Justice to help protect children online.

INFOGRAPHIC: KEEPING CHILDREN SAFE ONLINE

Info on tech fixes and healthy online habits to keep kids safe online.

HOW TO TALK TO YOUR KIDS ABOUT SEXTING

How to talk to your teens about the dangers of oversharing online.

MANAGING SOCIAL MEDIA STRESS WITH MINDFULNESS

Learn why social media can make teens stressed, how mindfulness can help with stress, and what types of mindfulness activities teens can try.

Online Safety
Working from Home

PANDEMIC

VIDEOS: INVISIBLE SCARS

How Covid-19 could worsen Americas childhood trauma crisis.

INTERVIEW: YOUR QUESTIONS ON CHILDHOOD TRAUMA DURING THE PANDEMIC

An hour-long interview with the head of Harvard's Child Development Center on the impact of the pandemic on children and strategies to reduce the negative impact.

LEARNING FROM HOME DURING COVID-19

8 tips for fostering children's self regulation and promoting creativity.

TECHNOLOGY & INTERACTIVE MEDIA AS TOOLS IN EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAMS

Position statement on the impact and use of digital learning tools with children by the National Association for the Education of Young Children & the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning.

SOCIAL STORY ABOUT COVID

A Social Story that explains Covid-19 for children.

SUPPORTING KIDS DURING THE COVID CRISIS

Tips for supporting and protecting children during the COVID pandemic.

SUPPORTING TEENAGERS & YOUNGER ADULTS DURING COVID CRISIS

Tips for parents with older children at home during the COVID pandemic.

HOLIDAYS DURING THE PANDEMIC

Tips for celebrating the holidays during the COVID pandemic. Learn ways to reduce stress, help kids cope, and implement new holiday traditions.

Pandemic

PARENTING

POSITIVE PARENTING TIPS

A parenting guide on child development, positive parenting, safety, and health.

STRATEGIES FOR A SUCCESSFUL SUMMER BREAK

Learn why structure is essential for kids during summer break, how families can provide structure for kids, and how families should handle behavior issues over summer break.

TALKING TO KIDS ABOUT MONEY

Teaching children about money early helps them develop good habits like setting limits on spending and resisting impulse buys.

PARENTS’ ASSESSMENT OF PROTECTIVE FACTORS SURVEY

This brief survey measures indicators of protective factors.

TIP 1: THE END IN MIND | Going Back to School as a Family

Begin your day with the end in mind

 

When you hear the words, "back to school," it's difficult NOT to think of your basic school supplies. Understandable! But this five-part series will provide you with five tips for how to go back to school as a FAMILY. Parents and family members, this one's for you and your kiddos!

TIP 2: USE YOUR WORDS | Going Back to School as a Family

Let nothing get in the way of saying those important words

 

When you hear the words, "back to school," it's difficult NOT to think of your basic school supplies. Understandable! But this five-part series will provide you with five tips for how to go back to school as a FAMILY. Parents and family members, this one's for you and your kiddos!

TIP 3: GO TO BED | Going Back to School as a Family

Ensure that you and your family get the adequate rest you need

 

When you hear the words, "back to school," it's difficult NOT to think of your basic school supplies. Understandable! But this five-part series will provide you with five tips for how to go back to school as a FAMILY. Parents and family members, this one's for you and your kiddos!

TIP 4: CONSISTENCY AND ROUTINES | Going Back to School as a Family

Establish consistency and routines for yourself and your family

 

When you hear the words, "back to school," it's difficult NOT to think of your basic school supplies. Understandable! But this five-part series will provide you with five tips for how to go back to school as a FAMILY. Parents and family members, this one's for you and your kiddos!

TIP 5: A CODE WORD FOR HELP | Going Back to School as a Family

Establish a signal for help when you need it from those in your circle

 

When you hear the words, "back to school," it's difficult NOT to think of your basic school supplies. Understandable! But this five-part series will provide you with five tips for how to go back to school as a FAMILY. Parents and family members, this one's for you and your kiddos!

WHAT EVERY PARENT OR CAREGIVER NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT TEENAGE BRAIN DEVELOPMENT

How can you understand teenage brain development and promote healthy behavior in the teens in your care? Visit this link to explore how caregivers can work through challenges with their teens and celebrate this big developmental stage.

CDC - ACEs Resources

A plethora of CDC ACEs resources including fast facts, videos, information about risk and protective factors, prevention strategies, how you can help youth at risk for ACEs, the CDC-Kaiser ACE study, funded research, and more.

WHAT IS COMPLEX TRAUMA: A Resource Guide for Youth and Those Who Care About Them

Information about complex trauma, how it can impact youth, both good and harmful coping strategies, and ways to improve. This guide is for youth who have experienced complex trauma or who know someone who has. Educators, caregivers, and other adults can also use the guide to have conversations with youth about complex trauma.

Parenting
Racism
Kissng the Newborn

RACISM

ANTI-RACISM FOR KIDS

An age-by-age guide on talking to your kids about racism.

ANTI-RACISM FOR KIDS

An age-by-age guide on talking to your kids about racism.

ANTI-RACISM FOR KIDS

An age-by-age guide on talking to your kids about racism.

TALKING TO CHILDREN ABOUT RACIAL BIAS

Strategy guide for parents to help children understand racial bias.

TALKING TO KIDS ABOUT RACISM & VIOLENCE

This article outlines why it is important to talk to kids about racism, provides tips for talking to kids about racism, and offers suggestions on what to do if your child asks questions that you cannot answer.

Helping Youth Handle Stress

RESILIENCE

ESSENTIALS FOR CHILDHOOD

CDC guidance on how families can build a stable, nurturing home.

SESAME STREET PRESENTS HEALTHY HABITS FOR LIFE

Guide for families, caregivers, and children on building healthy physical and mental habits.

VIDEO: RAISING RESILIENT KIDS

A video series that helps parents tackle common parenting concerns around social-emotional health in children.

RESILIENCE RESOURCES FOR PARENTS AND FAMILIES OF INFANTS & TODDLERS

These resources from The Devereux Center for Resilient Children provide parents and families with ideas, activities, strategies and resources that promote resilience and social and emotional health in infants and toddlers.

Resilience

RESOURCE LIBRARY

PARENTS RESOURCE LIBRARY

A comprehensive list of over 1200 resources for parents.

Happy Family

SELF-CARE

VIDEO: SELF-CARE TIPS FOR PARENTS DURING COVID-19

Dr. Lisa Damour on three ways parents can take care of their mental health and wellbeing during Covid-19.

SELF-CARE STRATEGIES FOR BACK TO SCHOOL

Register with your name and email address to receive a free self-care eBook with practical tips to help families successfully navigate the emotional challenges that come with returning to the classroom.

Self Care
Family Time

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING

PARENTAL RESOURCE KIT: SOCIAL & EMOTIONAL MENTAL HEALTH DURING COVID-19

Resource kit to help support parents, caregivers, and other adults serving children and young people in recognizing challenges from the pandemic.

SEL

SUICIDE PREVENTION

SIGNS OF SUICIDE

Guide for parents on suicide prevention.

TEEN SUICIDE RISK FACTORS

Learn when you should take talk about suicide seriously, what signs of suicide you should watch for, and protective factors against teen suicide.

RISK FACTORS, PROTECTIVE FACTORS & WARNING SIGNS

What leads to suicide, risk factors, protective factors, warning signs, and what to do if you are concerned.

Suicide Prevention
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