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National Resources

Helpful National Resources

Each national organization included has a primary focus, such as children’s mental health or learning disorders. The resources shared by these organizations will also be helpful for most families. 

 

ADDitude Magazine: 

What they do: ADDitude is a resource for families and adults living with ADHD and related mental health conditions and the professionals who work with them.

How this organization may help your child/family: ADDitude’s website offers a wide range of downloadable resources, handouts, and free webinars for parents/caregivers.

 

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP):

What they do: AACAP is a medical association of child and adolescent psychiatrists, with a mission “to promote the healthy development of children, adolescents, and families through advocacy, education, and research, and to meet the professional needs of child and adolescent psychiatrists throughout their careers.”

How this organization may help your child/family: The AACAP website includes resources and guides for families and youth. The tab Families and Youth separates information for families and youth. Facts for Families are free information guides covering dozens of topics and are available in multiple languages.

 

American Psychological Association (APA): 

What they do: The website of the APA provides information for families and professionals across a large range of psychology topics.

How this organization may help your child/family: By category, parents will find background information; links to additional resources; and related APA publications, including many children’s books. The website also provides tips for how to choose a psychologist and a psychologist locator tool.

 

Childmind.org: 

What they do: Childmind.org is an independent, national nonprofit dedicated to children struggling with mental health and learning disorders.

How this organization may help your child/family: National readers can find information on Topics from A-Z (organized by concerns and disorders) and Guides (such as Coping with Grief and Managing Medications). Parent perspectives are shared throughout. (Example: Three letters from a parent about what to expect during psychiatric hospitalizations: ER, inpatient, and discharge.)

 

Effective Child Therapy: 

What they do: Effective Child Therapy is a website of the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. “The site aims to provide parents and other caregivers with easy-to-access, comprehensive information on the symptoms and treatments of behavioral and mental health problems in children and adolescents.”

How this organization may help your child/family: This website has a range of resources from looking at topics by concerns, symptoms, and disorders to describing treatment options. Two other helpful resources include “Advice for Choosing a Psychologist” and a tool to find a psychologist.

 

InfoAboutKids.org: 

What they do: Several divisions of the American Psychological Association (APA) created an internet resource center for behavioral science-based information on children, youth and families.

How this organization may help your child/family: Readers are directed to well-established resources for healthy child development, including body, mind, emotions, and relationships.

 

kidshealth.org and teenshealth.org:  

What they do: The Nemours Center, a nonprofit children’s health system, manages two websites helping parents, kids and teens make informed health choices.

How this organization may help your child/family: Readers are directed to information and advice separated for parents, kids, teens, and educators.

 

KidsMentalHealthInfo.com: 

What they do: KidsMentalHealthInfo.com was developed by Connecticut’s Child Health and Development Institute to share with parents and providers “credible information on children's mental health issues and links to national and state resources.”

How this organization may help your child/family: For national families, this website offers information on understanding mental health concerns in children; questions to ask providers; and FAQs that focus on the parent/caregiver experience when making decisions about mental health treatment for a child.

 

Pacer Center:

What they do: Minnesota’s “PACER Center is a parent training and information center for families of children and youth with all disabilities from birth to young adults.”

How this organization may help your child/family: National readers will find publications and resources developed to help understand education, vocational training, employment and other services. Information on transition to adulthood can be found under the Learning Center (National Parent Center on Transition and Employment) and Students and Young Adults (Transitioning to Life After High School).

 

Understood.org: 

What they do: Understood.org is dedicated to helping parents whose children (3-20 years) struggle with learning and attention issues. Understood.org is managed by the National Center for Learning Disabilities and was built in collaboration with 14 nonprofit organizations.

How this organization may help your child/family: Readers are directed to research, expert advice, tips, and experience from other parents, and more.