LINKS

The web is an incredible resource, and finding good, reliable sources of information when helping our children is essential.  Each site on this list has been visited by me. 

Recently added links will be in red text so you can easily see what is newThis week I have added some great articles for autism awareness week that will help if you are just trying to figure out the puzzle of your child's difficulties or if your child has a diagnosis. Enjoy!

  • pbs.org/wgbh./misunderstoodminds/intro.html   This website is a very good place to start if you are beginning a search for understanding your child's difficulties.  This is a PBS site, very well organized with reliable information.
  • LivesintheBalance.org  is Ross Greene's website, very informative, Excellent resource for parents and teachers.
  • Allkindsof minds.org is a takeoff from Mel Levine's work, and contains much information.
  • 5pointscale.com is a web resource led by Kari Dunn Buron, known by some as the Social Skills Guru.  I found this site a great resource, and particularly liked the escalation scale which I printed for school staff, to inform them about interacting with my son when he was angry.  There are many resources available to purchase, including When My Worries Get too Big a customizable book for children, and other 5point scale tools.
  • AANE.org is the site for the Asperger's Association of New England and is a great resource for local-ish events, groups, and so on.  Not to mention a reliable source for Asperger information.
  • Sandbox-Learning.com is a great resource for parents and educators with examples of Social Stories and also a free newsletter highlighting a variety of social challenges and tips for handling and teaching children to navigate them more successfully.
  • Nimh.nih.gov  A reliable source for information about mental health issues.  Very comprehensive.
  • Http://dyslexia-ncbida.org/articles/spring11/stress.html This article is "Stress: The great Dys-abler-Practical Strategies to help kids learn"  Very good information for parents and teachers to be aware of concerning the effects of stress on children and parents.  Especially since difficulties in school can be a main source of stress for children and families.

  • Http://www.edutopia.org/parent-21st-century-learning-resource-guide This is a terrific resource for parents with lots of resources for you and your children.
  • http://www.edutopia.org/generation-x-parents-relationships-guide  I enjoyed reading this as a Gen X parent and I think it would be useful from a teaching perspective as well.  If teachers can understand what a parent's thinking may be, I think it will be easier to form a positive working relationship with parent.
  • www.uniquelygifted.org This is a great resource if you have a gifted child and know or suspect he or she also has a special need.  There is terrific information here, accurate, informative, and plenty of good books, sites and resources here as well.
  • http://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism/autism-your-family  This article is great for parents who have a child who has recently been diagnosed with autism.  It includes an overview of the stages of grief we parents go through as well as helpful tips for helping your family cope.
  • http://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism/learn-signs These are signs to look for at a reliable site with lots of other helpful links.
  • http://www.davidsongifted.org/db/Articles_id_10167.aspx This article discusses the overlap and differences of gifted children and  children with aspergers.  (for a good book on how aspergers looks in gifted children see the book Different Minds on the reading page
  • http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/02/23/AR2007022301785.html Gifted, Autistic, or just Quirky?This is a really interesting article that talks about the tendency toward labeling our children, why it has become "necessary" and the benefits and pitfalls of labeling--also talks about recent research on the brain's ability to learn new things and discusses some ideas around Mindset.-Carol Dweck
  • http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thecoffeeklatch  This is a great website for listening to award winning authors, psychiatrists, psychologists, physicians, advocates inform us in ways to help our children.

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