Chapter 7 describes a variety of methods for educating parents on child-rearing. Also covered is how to select which approach is best (e.g., when a simple verbal message works well, when written handouts are more effective and how to use them, when multi-media programs are optimal, etc.). Chapter 7 also covers how to monitor the effectiveness of in-office counseling and what else is available when more intensive assistance is needed.
We include on this page freely downloadable information handouts for parents (in English and Spanish) focused on both developmental and behavioral promotion. The handouts are written in Word and readability is about the 6th grade level. So please make them easier to read if possible. The handouts address the 8 most common issues parents raise at well-visits:
|Discipline and Behavior:||English||Spanish|
|Speech and Language:||English||Spanish|
|Motor and Self-help Skills:||English||Spanish|
|Preschool and School Skills:||English||Spanish|
|Marital Problems and Divorce:||English||Spanish|
|Parents and Careers:||English||Spanish|
|Dealing with Death and Dying:||English||Spanish|
Below are links to many available online resources. Some lead to services while others provide information on common issues (often in various languages). We have looked carefully at all of these and the descriptions we’ve included highlight contents and languages available. No single site has everything a parent might need (and parents with concerns surely benefit from looking at information presented in alternative ways). We’ve divided our voluminous list into two parts: Sites that cover a wide-range of issues; and sites with a narrower focus (e.g., specific disabilities). If your practice has a website you are welcome to place any of these links within.
Sites/Services Addressing Common Issues
From the Nemours Foundation, this site has a well-visit guide for each age, anticipatory guidance information, and an easily searchable database for handouts (in English and Spanish) on health and safety, emotional and social development and positive parenting for babies through adolescence.
The AAP has numerous handouts that can be downloaded for free and available in multiple languages. Provides information on a variety of topics including health conditions, safety and prevention, mental health issues from birth through adolescence.
has a psychology help center that includes brochures (one copy is free) and articles for a variety of situations including health and emotional wellness, work and school, and family and relationships. It has information on how to find a psychologist.
One of the best one-stop-shots for information about various conditions include diseases and behavioral issues. Easy to read, the site is useful for both providers and parents.
NASP provides handouts and materials in a variety of languages focused on resilience, school readiness, coping with crises, diversity, child behavior, etc. The site also explains the role of school psychologists and what to expect from a referral to public school special education services.
Has a lovely publication called “10 Guidelines for Living with Children” that should be recommended reading for all parents of children 12 months and older). The site also has information about vision and hearing screening and services, information about feeding difficulties, and enormous set of links to autism specific sites and other disability specific information including the Social Security Administration. Many information handouts are also provided in Spanish.
a free cellphone text messaging service sending crisp age-paced messages on health, safety, and developmental-behavioral issues. For children birth through 36 months, parents who register can opt for texts in English or Spanish.
AACAP was one of the first professional organizations to develop handouts for families. These are freely downloadable and cover a wide range of topics as divorce, sleep problems, specific mental health diagnoses, help for military families, and how and where to find a psychiatrist. Handouts are written in many different languages including Spanish, Malaysian, Urdu, Arabic, Icelandic, Polish, and Hebrew. Other site research reviews for professionals, video clips, and links to other resources.
The AAP offers purchasable child-care books, videos, hand-held health records, waiting room magazines, etc. The site has a “pediatrician finder” by specialty and zip code.
Provides advocacy and information focused in large part on family issues such as marital issues, divorce, cohesion, extra-martial affairs, as well as child-rearing, especially raising adolescents. The site provides thoughtful articles (for providers and parents with good literacy skills) and a bookstore offering the acclaimed “Nobody’s Perfect”.
Funded by the US Department of Education, this site offers freely downloadable information in Spanish and English on promoting academic skills, chores, selecting a day care enter, dealing with a death in the family, self-esteem, TV issues, etc.
This site is one of the most extensive sources of information and covers an extremely rich range of information on health, development and behavioral issues for young children through adolescence.
hosts parenting and health information in Cambodian, Laotian, Vietnamese, Chinese, Thai, Hmong, etc.
Is an information consolidator drawing from multiple federal sites and so has a plethora of downloadable posters, information handouts, and a newsletter on health, mental health, etc. The site also addresses health care insurance issues, the common questions families have and facilitates insurance quotes (and comparative information about carriers).
Sites Focused on Specific Skill-Building or on Disabilities
Offers parenting handouts on how to share books, literacy milestones, and guidance for professionals. Tabs within the site include: Parents and Educators Home, Importance of Reading Aloud, Literacy Milestones, Reading Tips, Books for Children, and Books for Parents
Includes helpful guidance (in English and Spanish) This site provides guidance for families (in English and Spanish) on how to help their child learn to read, how to help with homework, how to collaborate with teachers, along with helpful information about selecting post-secondary schools and financial aid for college age students.
focuses on decreasing aggressive behavior. Parents take a pre-test that identifies which among the 20 DVD/online modules are most needed (e.g., ignoring hurtful behavior, speaking angrily, or physical punishment). The site has video clips, research, assessment tools for trainers, and ordering information.
Houses downloadable information on cyber-bullying, sexting, internet safety, social networks, gangs, etc.
Focuses on depression and bipolar disorder, this site offers interactive tests, self-training information, charts for monitoring progress, fact sheets, etc.
Focused on anxiety, excessive worries, procrastinating, etc., this site uses cognitive-behavioral research as an approach to intervention and includes worksheets, handouts, and manuals for mental health practitioners
This website is for providers and families. Within are computer-based interactive training, self-help resources, therapy worksheets and written information focused on a range of mental health issues including eating disorders.
A website from a mental health and consulting service includes handouts and links to resources for mental health, children and adolescents, school resources, and family and marriage.
This site explains how to interview families in a way that encourages them to avoid substance abuse, comply with medication and treatment recommendations regarding obesity management, diabetes, and other health and mental health issues. Freely downloadable worksheets and purchasable books are housed on the site.
Provides information for providers (and sophisticated parents) on an enormous range of health issues that often have mental health consequences (e.g., acne, psoriasis) as well as issues such as bullying. The site includes downloadable handouts, newsletters, practitioner directories, treatment center directions, resource centers, and a bookstore.
Is an enormous repository of current research, policy statements, and other information for families and adults coping with autism spectrum disorder. The site provides email updates on current issues and the organization is a major force for ASD advocacy.
This site offers brief fact sheets on specific disabilities and offers tips for parents and teachers and connects you with related information and organizations with special expertise in that disability. It also has a Spanish version.
This site is dedicated to educating parents and professionals about autism and other related disorders. The website is a repository of information for both parents and professionals and includes information on screening, diagnosis and treatment, and resources.
Focuses on substance abuse and mental health. Downloadable information exists in multiple languages including Russian, Chinese, Persian, Korean, French, Japanese, Punjabi, etc. The site also has wellness modules and links to other helpful resources.
The purpose of this site is to mobilize communities and educate families to create safe, nurturing, healthy environments that protect children and youth from violence. It includes a variety of resources: articles, books, handouts. These resources come in English and Spanish.
Devoted to training professionals across various disciplines, advocacy and standards of care in diverse settings, the MI-AIMH publishes the Infant Mental Health Journal, newsletters, training DVDs. The site hosts a lending library and links to national services.