RESOURCES FOR PARENTS
There are many places to find information about your child, his or her challenges, and what parents can do to help. Here are a few favorites:
Understood is an organization, formed by 15 non-profit organizations, dedicated to providing resources to caretakers of children with learning and attention issues. Resources include access to expert advice, parent support groups, community events, and a parent toolkit.
CHADD is an organization providing education, advocacy, and support for individuals with ADHD and their families. CHADD provides resources for parents of children with ADHD, including a Parent-to-Parent program, an advocacy manual, and an ADHD toolkit. In addition to its website, CHADD publishes a variety of printed materials to keep members and professionals current on research advances, medications, and treatments affecting individuals with ADHD.
Lives in the Balance is an organization founded by Ross Greene, PhD, that provides resources to caregivers of behaviorally challenging children. Dr. Greene’s book, The Explosive Child, teaches a unique and effective set of problem-solving skills, called Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS), to help parents manage behaviorally challenging children. His newest book, Raising Human Beings, builds on his prior works and guides all parents through the process of raising their kids in a non-punitive and non-adversarial manner to foster independence and resilience.
Think College at the Institute for Community Inclusion, UMASS Boston is a national organization dedicated to developing, expanding, and improving inclusive higher education options for people with intellectual disabilities. The Think College website provides resources for students and parents to learn about college/postsecondary education options, search for colleges with programs for students with intellectual disabilities, and find information about paying for college. There is also a fun, interactive learning module, called Think College Island, for middle school students to learn about college.
Here is an updated list of scholarships, federal financial aid, and state programs for students with disabilities, such as learning and cognitive and physical disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, and physical disabilities.
Nomanis Notes and its previous iteration, MUSEC Briefings, comprise a series of single page briefings on relevant educational topics likely to be of interest to parents, teachers, and other professionals, with particular reference to learning difficulties. Their aim is to succinctly summarize the state of knowledge on a topic, offer a considered opinion, and provide starter references for those wishing to find out more. These resources are excellent and, in my opinion, required reading for becoming an informed consumer of educational and developmental interventions for children.