Internet Parenting Resources
This page can be printed as a handout to share with an audience. The links to services and a description of each are shown below. If you are working online, you can click on the links to see the sites described.
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: Facts for Families (www.aacap.org) Has numerous handouts that can be downloaded for free. Written in multiple languages, they address such topics as divorce, disaster recovery and how to choose a psychiatrist.
American Academy of Pediatrics: You and Your Family (www.aap.org) Describes child-care books, videos, hand-held health records, waiting room magazines, etc.Has a "pediatrician finder" by zip code.
British Columbia Council for Families (www.bccf.bc.ca) A well maintained site with articles, online questionnaires and links to resources on a variety of parenting and family topics. Carries individual and bulk copies of books and brochures on such topics as adolescence, marriage, family cohesion, and child development, as well as a parenting program, Nobody’s Perfect.
Children and Youth Health (www.cyh.sa.gov.au) From the South Australian Department of Human Services, this site has extremely rich information for parents on a huge range of psychosocial issues for teens and young children. Diapers are “nappies” and ear infections are “glue ear,” but other than that, the depth and quality of parenting advice is unparalleled.
First Signs (www.firstsigns.org) promotes early detection of autism and other developmental disorders through routine screening, and collaboration among medical and non-medical professionals. The organization assembled an information kit for physicians including a wonderful video showing the behaviors of children on and off the spectrum. States can contract with First Signs for local training. The website is a repository of information for both parents and professionals.
Kids’ Health (www.kidshealth.org) From the Nemours Foundation, this site has excellent information on health and safety, emotional and social development and positive parenting, focused on teens and younger children.
Reach Out and Read (http://www.reachoutandread.org/parents) Offers parenting handouts on how to share books, literacy milestones, and guidance for professionals, etc.
Early Childhood Connections (www.rch.org.au/ecconnections) has sections for parents and professionals interested in developmental and behavioral issues in early childhood. It houses parent information sheets (Adobe Reader is required) in various languages including Arabic, Bosnian, Chinese, Croatian, Somali, Spanish, Turkish, Vietnamese and English.
United Kingdom Department of Health (www.dh.gov.uk) has an entire book on parenting and child-rearing on its website
Tufts University has a site housing downloadable handouts in various Asian languages on health, child-rearing and disabilities (http://spiral.tufts.edu)
The U.S. Department of Education (http://www.ed.gov/parents/academic/help/partnership.html) houses information for Spanish-speaking families on how to promote child development, help school age children, etc.
California First Five (http://www.ccfc.ca.gov/parentinfo.htm) has child-rearing guidance for Spanish speaking parents
PEDSTest.com, LLC (www. pedstest.com) houses downloadable handouts for parents and professionals, in English and Spanish titled, Preschool and School Skills and Getting Ready for Kindergarten, Building Speech and Language Skills, Death and Dying, Discipline and Behavior, Marital Problems and Divorce, Building Motor and Self-Help Skills, Parents and Careers, Social Development.
Referral Resources: Commonly Needed Services
For locating state, regional and local Early Intervention programs under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and testing services for young children with suspected or known disabilities go to www.nectac.org
American Academy of Pediatrics: Find a Pediatrician (www.aap.org/referral) to locate developmental-behavioral, neurodevelopmental, general and other subspecialty pediatricians.
For help locating Head Start programs see www.ehsnrc.org
For locating special education services for school age children, call the school psychologist or speech-language pathologist in the child’s school of zone.
For help locating mental health services go to www.mentalhealth.org
For services and information about autistic spectrum disorders go to www.firstsigns.org
Social services including domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, adoption, state, and local services, etc. can be found at www.acf.hhs.gov